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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

GOLF CHANNEL TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES AND NOTES: QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL, WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMP; AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP, BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN, PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes and Notes: June 23-29

Tiger Woods Hosts the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club

Ko, Lewis, Piller and Lopez Headline Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Steve Stricker Host American Family Insurance Championship in Wisconsin

Five Open Championship Places Available This Week at BMW International Open

20 PGA Championship Places Available at PGA Professional Championship

 ORLANDO, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – The PGA TOUR returns to Congressional Country Club this week for the Quicken Loans National, headlined by Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas. Tournament host Tiger Woods will be onsite this week, an event that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The Quicken Loans National also serves as an Open Qualifying Series event, where the top-four tournament finishers in the top-12 who are not already exempt will qualify for The Open. The LPGA Tour this week is in Arkansas for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, kicking off Friday and is one of three 54-hole events on the 2016 LPGA schedule. Wisconsin welcomes a new PGA TOUR Champions event this week, the American Family Insurance Championship, taking place at the home golf course of the University of Wisconsin Badgers – University Ridge Golf Club – and hosted by 12-time PGA TOUR winner Steve Stricker. The European Tour returns to Germany this week for the BMW International Open, where five places in The Open are available to the top-five places in the top-20 in the Race to Dubai not already exempt at the end of the tournament. Beginning Sunday, 312 PGA of America professionals will compete for 20 places in the field in the upcoming PGA Championship at the PGA Professional Championship, taking place at Turning Stone Resort in upstate New York.

PGA TOUR

Quicken Loans National
Dates: June 23-26
Venue: Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1:30 am (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 am (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Tiger Woods returns as host: Tiger Woods returns as tournament host for the Quicken Loans National, a tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods will not be competing this week, and conducted a news conference Wednesday at Congressional Country Club. Video from the news conference is available online at GolfChannel.com.
Merritt defends: Troy Merritt defeated Rickie Fowler by three strokes at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 2015 to earn his first career PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Bryson DeChambeau, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Tory Merritt, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reek, Vijay Singh, Justin Thomas.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play:   Terry Gannon
Analyst:           Nick Faldo
Tower:             Matt Gogel, Peter Kostis
On Course:      Phil Blackmar
Interviews:      George Savaricas

LPGA TOUR
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Dates: June 24-26
Venue: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          5:30-8 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 am (Sunday Replay)
Sunday            5:30-8 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Rookie Feature – Rachel Rohanna: LPGA Rookie Rachel Rohanna will be featured during Friday’s opening round of play.
Arkansas Represented: Former Walmart NW Arkansas Championship winner Stacy Lewis will be joined by four fellow Razorbacks this week: LPGA rookie Gaby Lopez, Arkansas freshman Maria Fassi, junior Alana Uriell and recent graduate Regina Plasencia.
Choi defends: Na Yeon Choi defeated Mika Miyazato by two strokes for her 8th career LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Carlota Ciganda, Julieta Granada, Brooke Henderson, Karine Icher, Juli Inkster, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Sei Young Kim, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Stacy Lewis, Gaby Lopez, Azahara Munoz, Gerina Piller and Michelle Wie.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   Tom Abbott
Analyst:           Judy Rankin
Tower:             Jim Gallagher Jr.
On Course:      Jerry Foltz, Karen Stupples
Interviews:      Lisa Cornwell

PGA TOUR Champions
American Family Insurance Championship
Dates: June 24-26
Venue: University Ridge Golf Club – Madison, Wisconsin 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Saturday Replay)
Saturday          3-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4 a.m. (Sunday Replay)
Sunday            3-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural Event: This is the inaugural year of the American Family Insurance Championship, taking place at the home golf course of the University of Wisconsin Badgers and hosted by 12-time PGA TOUR winner Steve Stricker.
Headlining the Field: Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, John Cook, John Daly, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Rocco Mediate

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   Bob Papa
Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins
Tower:             Curt Byrum, John Mahaffey
On Course:      Billy Ray Brown

European Tour
BMW International Open
Dates: June 23-26
Venue: Golf club Gut Larchenhof, Pulheim, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Five Open Championship spots up for grabs: Five places in the field for The Open are available this week as the top-five places in the top-20 in the Race to Dubai not already exempt at the end of the tournament will receive an invitation to compete in the year’s third major championship.
Larrazabal defends: Pablo Larrazabal defeated Henrik Stenson by one stroke to earn his fourth career European Tour win in 2015.
Headlining the field: Alex Cejka, Thongchai Jaidee, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal, Thorbjorn Olesen, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Studio Host:    Scott Walker
Play by Play:   Warren Humphreys
Analyst:           Julian Tutt
On Course:      Jay Townsend

PGA of America
PGA Professional Championship
Dates: June 26-29
Venue: Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote Golf Club) – Verona, New York

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Sunday            8-10 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 5-7 am (Monday Replay)
Monday           3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Tuesday Replay)
Tuesday           3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Wednesday Replay)
Wednesday     3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Thursday Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
20 PGA Championship Spots Up for Grabs: 312 PGA of America Professionals will compete for 20 places in the field in the upcoming PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.
Golf Channel Academy Coaches in the Field: Three Golf Channel Academy Coaches are in the field at the PGA Professional Championship: Sam Kang from New Jersey Golf Academy in Roseland, N.J., Ron Philo Jr., from Golf Channel Academy at Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vt., and Tim Weinhart from the Tim Weinhart Golf Academy at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Ga.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: David Marr III
Analyst: Michael Breed
Tower: Gary Christian
On Course: Kay Cockerill
Interviews: Scott Walker

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