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Thursday, September 8th, 2016
GOLF CHANNEL AND NBC TO SHOWCASE THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN WOMEN’S GOLF WITH FOUR-ROUND COVERAGE OF THE LPGA’S FIFTH MAJOR, THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Golf Channel and NBC to Air More than 22 Hours of The Evian Championship, Sept. 15-18 from Evian-les-Bains, France, the Most Number of Hours in Tournament History
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2016) – The world’s top female professional golfers will converge upon Evian-les-Bains, France next week for the fifth and final major of 2016, The Evian Championship, with more than 22 hours of tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 15-18.
The Evian Championship will feature the preeminent players in women’s professional golf, with nine of the top-10 in the Rolex Women’s Rankings scheduled to compete, headlined by No. 1, Rio Olympics silver medalist and defending champion Lydia Ko, who in 2015 became the youngest female major winner at age 18 by shooting a final round 63.
ANNIKA AWARD WINNER BRONTE LAW COMPETING: The Evian Championship field also will include UCLA senior Bronte Law in the field. Law was the recipient of the 2016 Annika Award Presented by 3M, recognizing the most outstanding female Division I collegiate golfer for the 2015-’16 college golf season. She won three times, recorded eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts, and helped the Bruins to advance to the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. As a result of winning the ANNIKA Award, Law received an exemption to compete in the Evian Championship.
MORE THAN 22 HOURS OF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE: Golf Channel will air live coverage of the first three rounds Thursday-Saturday. On Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel will feature the morning and afternoon waves in two, three-hour telecast windows. Golf Channel will air five hours of coverage on Saturday, and on Sunday, Golf Channel and NBC will combine for final round coverage, with NBC airing the final 90 minutes of tournament action.
BROADCAST TEAM: Terry Gannon and Tom Abbott will rotate play-by-play duties the first two days, with Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin joining Gannon in the broadcast booth, and Major Champion Karen Stupples joining Abbott. Richard Kaufman will report from an on-course tower, and Jerry Foltz and Sandy Mackenzie will walk inside the ropes as course reporters.
DIGITAL COVERAGE: All four rounds of The Evian Championship will be streamed live on Golf Live Extra, powered by Playmaker Media. Sunday’s final round live streaming will begin on Golf Live Extra at 6:30 a.m. ET and run through the tournament’s conclusion. NBC’s coverage from Noon-1:30 p.m. ET also will be streamed on Golf Live Extra and the NBC Sports App.
Golf Channel / NBC Evian Championship Programming (all times Eastern)
|Thursday, Sept. 15||Round One||5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 16||Round Two||5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 17||Round Three||6:30-11:30 a.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 18||Final Round (Golf Channel)||8 a.m.-Noon|
|Sunday, Sept. 18||Final Round (NBC)||Noon-1:30 p.m.|
-NBC Sports Group-