Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


Golf Channel and NBC to Air 16 Hours of Live Coverage of the Valero Texas Open

Golf’s First Major for 2013 Kicks off Thursday with the Kraft Nabisco Championship

Valero Texas Open
Dates: April 4-7
Venue: AT&T Oaks Course, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

NBC Airtimes
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel / NBC Broadcast Team:
Brian Hammons (Golf Channel Play by Play) / Dan Hicks (NBC Play by Play)
Curt Byrum (Golf Channel Analyst) / Johnny Miller (NBC Analyst)
Gary Koch (Tower)
Peter Jacobsen (Tower)
Mark Rolfing (On Course)
Roger Maltbie (On Course)
Notah Begay (On Course)
Scott Walker (Interviews)

Broadcast Notes:
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy Headlines International Field – In the final tune-up prior to the Masters next week, World No. 2 Rory McIlroy headlines a strong field that includes Matt Kuchar, Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Darren Clarke, Charles Howell III, John Huh, Henrik Stenson and Tommy Gainey.
Featured Groupings – Featured groupings for Thursday’s opening round include Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel and Jim Furyk (1:50 p.m. ET); and 2013 PGA TOUR winners D.A. Points, John Merrick and Brian Gay (2 p.m. ET). Friday’s featured groupings include Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth (1:50 p.m. ET); and 2012 Valero Texas Open winner Ben Curtis, 2011 champion Brendan Steele and three-time winner Justin Leonard (2 p.m. ET)

Kraft Nabisco Championship

Dates: April 4-7
Venue: Dinah Shore Tournament Course, Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday Noon-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Replay)

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Kelly Tilghman (Show Host / Interviews)
Terry Gannon (Play by Play)
Judy Rankin (Analyst)
Tom Abbott (Tower)
Jerry Foltz (On Course)
Kay Cockerill (On Course)
Phil Parkin (On Course)


Broadcast Notes:
More than 20 Hours of Live Tournament and News Coverage – Golf Channel will air more than 20 hours of live tournament and news coverage of the Kraft Nabisco Championship – golf’s first major championship in 2013 – Thursday-Sunday. Golf Central will deliver wraparound news coverage from Mission Hills Country Club throughout the week.
Kraft Nabisco Championship Pro-Am Special – Wednesday (tonight) at 9 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will air the Kraft Nabisco Championship Pro-Am, an hour-long special that will go inside the ropes to Wednesday’s Celebrity Pro-Am Hosted by Annika. Danielle King, Jessica Korda, Anna Nordqvist and Annika Sorenstam will be “mic’d up” during the Pro-Am.
– Annika Sorenstam Joins Broadcast Booth Thursday and Friday – Three-time Kraft Nabisco Champion Annika Sorenstam will join Gannon and Rankin in the broadcast booth Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
Headlining the Field – Rolex Rankings No. 1 Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng, Sun Young Yoo, I.K. Kim, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi, Inbee Park, Jiyai Shin, Brittany Lincicome, Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Karrie Webb, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Jessica Korda and Isabelle Lendl.

-NBC Sports Group-