Wednesday, June 28th, 2017


LPGA Tour Stages Next Major with KPMG Women’s PGA Championship,
as Tour Heads to Olympia Fields Outside Chicago for the First-Time Ever

Fowler, Thomas Headline Field at Quicken Loans National 

Rahm to Make European Tour Debut at HNA Open de France

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2017) – The LPGA Tour will tee it up at Olympia Fields for the first time as players compete for the season’s second major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. New World No. 1 – So Yeon Ryu – headlines the field, which also includes other top-5 players in: Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun. Golf Central will be on-site to preview and breakdown all of the action during the week. The PGA TOUR heads to Maryland for the Quicken Loans National, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas headline the field as the TOUR returns to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which will host its first PGA TOUR event in more than a decade. Jon Rahm will make his European Tour debut at the HNA Open de France. Seven Europeans from the 2016 Ryder Cup—Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Danny Willet, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood—are in the field and will get an early look at the 2018 Ryder Cup host site.


KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Dates: June 29-July 2
Venue: Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            7-10 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     5-7 p.m. (Live)
Thursday         Noon-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              Noon-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          12:30-1 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-1 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 6-7 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Golf Central Special player news conferences airing from 5-6 p.m. ET today: Today at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Central will air a special player news conference shows from the media center at Olympia Fields, featuring players in the field looking ahead to their opening round on Thursday.
Golf Central and Morning Drive on-site: Morning Drive and Golf Central will originate from on-site at Olympia Fields. Chantel McCabe and Nicole Castrale will set the stage each day on Morning Drive with interviews and analysis. Golf Central will offer analysis and reaction prior to and immediately following live tournament coverage. Ryan Burr will anchor Golf Central live coverage from Olympia Fields alongside analysts Amanda Blumenherst and Arron Oberholser, with Lisa Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews.
KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Streaming on Golf Channel Digital platforms on Wednesday: The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will be hosted on-site on Wednesday, and assembles accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. Condoleezza Rice will be one of the keynote speakers. The summit will be streamed live from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Golf Channel Digital platforms.
Henderson defends: Brooke Henderson started the week last year with a hole-in-one, winning a new car. By the end of the week, she won her first major championship and second career LPGA Tour win when she beat Lydia Ko in a playoff.
Integrating social media: For the first time, Golf Channel and NBC will incorporate social media into an LPGA Tour telecast and utilize posts from players and fans using the hashtag #KPMGWomensPGA.
Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dan Hicks
Analyst: Karen Stupples / Gary Koch
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill / Mark Rolfing
Interview: Steve Sands

Golf Central Broadcast Team:
Host: Ryan Burr
Analyst: Amanda Blumenherst / Arron Oberholser
Reporter: Lisa Cornwell

Morning Drive:
Chantel McCabe / Nicole Castrale


Quicken Loans National
Dates: June 29-July 2
Venue: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.

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

Broadcast Notes
Hurley defends:  Hurley won the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club to capture his first title on the PGA TOUR.
New-look TPC Potomac: This week’s host course was an annual stop on the PGA TOUR until 2006 and later underwent significant renovations. This is the first time the Quicken Loans National will tee it up at this venue.
Headlining the field: Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Kevin Na, Wesley Bryan, Si Woo Kim, Wyndham Clark and Curtis Luck.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: Craig Perks / John Mahaffey
On-Course: Phil Blackmar
Interviews: Heather Cox


HNA Open de France
Dates: June 29-July 2
Venue: Le Golf National, Paris, France

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Friday              4:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Saturday          7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes
25 hours of live coverage: Golf Channel will provide 25 hours of live tournament coverage for the HNA Open de France this week.
Rahm makes European debut: PGA TOUR rookie Jon Rahm will make his first professional appearance at the Open de France.
Jaidee defends: Thongchai Jaidee will look to defend in Paris after he won the centennial event last year by four strokes over Francesco Molinari.
Headlining the field: Martin Kaymer, Thongchai Jaidee, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Thomas Pieters.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Host: Mike Ritz
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly / Julian Tutt
Analyst: Denis Hutchinson / Warren Humphreys
On-course: Jay Townsend

-NBC Sports Group-