Wednesday, June 21st, 2017


PGA TOUR in Connecticut with Strong Field at Travelers Championship  

Stenson to Defend in Germany at BMW International Open

PGA TOUR Champions in Wisconsin for
American Family Insurance Championship 

Ko, Wie Headline Field at Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

PGA Professional Championship Concludes in Oregon
with 20 Spots in 2017 PGA Championship on the Line         

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 21, 2017) – The PGA TOUR heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship, where three of the world’s top-6 players – Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Jason Day (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 6) – are in the field. Fellow top-10 players in the world – Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson – are in Germany this week for the BMW International Open, where Stenson looks to defend his 2016 title, which came just weeks before the Swede’s first major win. The PGA TOUR Champions head to Wisconsin for the second annual American Family Insurance Championship, with Steve Stricker scheduled to tee it up in his home state. Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie headline the field at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship set to get underway next week outside Chicago. The PGA Professional Tournament concludes this evening with final round coverage offering the opportunity for one of the most underrated, compelling moments in golf television with the potential for an overly crowded playoff for those vying to earn a spot in August’s PGA Championship.


Travelers Championship
Dates: June 22-25
Venues: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

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) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         3-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              3-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-9 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          12:30-1p.m. (Live) / 2:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-1 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-1 p.m. (Live) / 7-8 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Golf Central on-site at Travelers: Beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday, Golf Central will originate from on-site at TPC River Highlands, offering analysis and reaction prior to and immediately following live tournament coverage. Ryan Burr will host alongside analysts Billy Kratzert and Brandel Chamblee, while Chantel McCabe will provide reports and conduct interviews with players in the field.
Knox defends: Russell Knox beat Jerry Kelly by one to claim his second PGA TOUR victory.
Furyk returns to site of magical 58: This week Jim Furyk returns to the site where he shot the TOUR’s first-ever round of 58.
Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey and Jim Furyk.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: Frank Nobilo
Tower: Craig Perks
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown
Interviews: Whit Watson

Golf Central Broadcast Team:
Host: Ryan Burr
Analyst: Billy Kratzert / Brandel Chamblee
Reporter: Chantel McCabe


BMW International Open
Dates: June 22-25
Venue: Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              6-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Stenson defends: Last year Henrik Stenson won the BMW International Open by three shots over Thorbjorn Olesen and Darren Fichardt.
Headlining the Field: Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els and Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Tommy Fleetwood.  

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Julian Tutt
Analyst: Warren Humphreys / Tony Johnstone
On-Course: Jay Townsend


American Family Insurance Championship
Dates: June 23-25
Venue: University Ridge Golf Course, Madison, Wis.

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

Broadcast Notes:
Stricker hosts hometown event: Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker hosts the second annual event in his home town of Madison, Wisconsin. This will be his debut in the tournament as a competitor after he turned 50 earlier this year.
Triplett defends: Kirk Triplett shot 7-under (65) last year to win his fifth career PGA TOUR Champions event.
Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Corey Pavin, Lee Janzen, John Daly and Nick Faldo.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Bob Papa
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey
On-Course: Arron Oberholser / John Cook


Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G
Dates: June 23-25
Venue: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Ark. 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Miyazato making first start since announcing retirement: Ai Miyazato is scheduled to make her first start this week since announcing her upcoming retirement. Friday’s opening round coverage will showcase a feature on Miyazato, focusing on the highlights of her LPGA Tour career.
54 hole event: This event is the second of three events on the LPGA calendar being contested as (Friday-Sunday) 54-hole competitions.
Waiting on a multi-winner: This is the first time since 1991 that the LPGA Tour has produced 15 winners without a repeat champion.
Wie in the field coming off strong finish: Michelle Wie is coming off of her best performance this season with a T-2 finish at the Meijer LPGA Classic last week.
Ko defends: Lydia Ko finished three shots ahead of Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung to earn her 13th LPGA win.
Headling the field: Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Suzanne Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Laura Davies.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Grant Boone
Analyst: Judy Rankin
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples


50th PGA Professional Championship
Dates: June 18-21
Venue: Sunriver Resort (Meadows Course & Crosswater Club), Sunriver, Ore. 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Playoff possibilities: Playoffs at the PGA Professional Championship are unique, and inevitable. Instead of splitting up the players vying for the remaining spots in the PGA Championship, all of them will play the same hole at the same time. In 2016, seven men were in a playoff vying for the lone remaining spot left.
PGA Championship invite on the line: The top-20 finishers next Wednesday will earn a spot in the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC. The field of 312 professionals teeing it up includes 14 past champions of the event.
Familiar venue: This is the fourth time since 2001 that Sunriver Resort will host the PGA Professional Championship, with the most recent being in 2013. Crosswater Club hosted the 2006 NCAA Division I Championship, won by Oklahoma State, who also claimed the individual champion, Jonathan Moore. The PGA TOUR Champions also staged the Regions Tradition at Crosswater Club from 2007-2010, with winners including Mark McNulty (2007), Fred Funk (2008, 2010) and Mike Reed (2009).

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dave Marr
Analyst: Michael Breed
On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Gary Christian
Interviews: Scott Walker

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