Wednesday, August 24th, 2016


PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs Kick off Thursday with The Barclays

Olympic Silver Medalist and World No. 1 Lydia Ko Headlines Field at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Tour’s WinCo Foods Portland Open to Determine “The 25” Earning 2016-17 PGA TOUR Cards in Regular Season Finale

European Tour Stages Made in Denmark

PGA TOUR Champions in Washington for Boeing Classic

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2016) – The PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs begin this week on the historic Black Course at Bethpage State Park in New York with The Barclays. Jordan Spieth and Jason Day headline a field that are eligible to compete based on the top-125 in the regular season FedExCup standings. The top-100 after this week advances to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship next week. The LPGA Tour is in Canada for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where Rolex Rankings No. 1 and Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko will look to defend her 2015 title. The Tour stages its final regular season event this week with the WinCoFoods Portland Open where – at week’s end – the Tour will present 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards to the top-25 in the season-long money list. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete in the Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR FedExCup race during the regular season. At the conclusion of the four-week Tour Finals, an additional 25 PGA TOUR 2016-17 cards will be awarded. Billy Andrade will defend his title at the Boeing Classic near Seattle on the PGA TOUR Champions, while the European Tour is in Denmark for Made in Denmark.


The Barclays
Dates: August 25-28
Venue: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m. -3:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Kicking off the FedExCup Playoffs: The PGA TOUR 2015-16 regular season concluded last week after 42 events and the top-125 in the FedExCup standings earned their 2016-17 PGA TOUR cards, becoming eligible to compete in the Playoffs. 121 players are currently in the field this week, and the top-100 in the standings following Sunday’s final round will be eligible to compete in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.
Day defends: Jason Day defeated Henrik Stenson by six strokes at Plainfield Country Club in 2015 to earn his sixth career PGA TOUR win.
Final Week for U.S. Ryder Cup Points: This week is the final week for American players to earn points towards qualifying for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. After this week, the top-eight players in points will qualify.
Headlining the field: Olympic medalists Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, along with Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   Rich Lerner
Analyst:           Nick Faldo
Tower:             Frank Nobilo, Jim Gallagher, Jr.
On Course:      Phil Blackmar
Interviews:      George Savaricas


Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Dates: Aug. 25-28
Venue: Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club (Raven Course), Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-9 p.m. ET (Live)
Friday              6-9 p.m. ET (Live)
Saturday          3-6 p.m. ET (Live)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. ET (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
World No. 1 and Olympic Silver Medalist Lydia Ko Headlines Strong Field: Olympic silver medalist, World No. 1 and defending champion Lydia Ko headlines a strong international field that includes 20 of the top-25 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings.
Notables in field: In Gee Chun, Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Sei Young Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller, Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: Judy Rankin
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Gail Graham


WinCo Foods Portland Open
Dates: Aug. 25-28
Venue: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         Noon-2 p.m. (Live)
Friday              Noon-2 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          8-10 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            8-10 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 am (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Finalizing “The 25”: The top-25 on the Tour money list following Sunday’s final round will earn their 2016-17 PGA TOUR card. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete for 25 additional PGA TOUR cards in the four-event Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings.
Headlining the field: Matt Atkins, Rodolfo Cazaubon, Max Homa, Stephan Jaeger, Trey Mullinax, C.T. Pan, Seamus Power, Xander Schauffele, J.J. Spaun, Andrew Svoboda and Richy Werenski

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Grant Boone
Analyst: Craig Perks
Tower: Steve Burkowski
On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Kay Cockerill


Boeing Classic
Dates: August 26-28
Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              9-11 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            6-8 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Andrade defends: Billy Andrade defeated Bernhard Langer by one stroke to earn his second career PGA TOUR Champions win.
Headlining the field: Billy Andrade, John Cook, John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik and Gene Sauers.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   Whit Watson
Analyst:           Lanny Wadkins
Tower:             John Mahaffey, Dave Marr III
On Course:      Billy Ray Brown


Made in Denmark
Dates: August 25-28
Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (PGA Backtee Course), Aalborg, Denmark

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

Broadcast Notes:
Horsey Defends: David Horsey won by two strokes over four players for his fourth career European Tour win.
Headlining the Field: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Matthew Fitzpatrick, David Horsey, Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowery, Thomas Pieters, Y.E. Yang.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Studio Host:    Mike Ritz
Play by Play:   Dougie Donnelly
Analyst:           Warren Humphreys
On Course:      Julian Tutt

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