Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017


PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs Commence Thursday at The Northern Trust Tour in Oregon for WinCo Foods Portland Open, with “The 25”

Earning 2017-18 PGA TOUR Cards in Regular Season Finale 

Ko, Wie and Henderson Headline Field at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open 

Couples in Home State for PGA TOUR Champions’ Boeing Classic

Kaymer, Daly Add Star Power to European Tour in Denmark


ORLANDO, Fla. (August 23, 2017) –The FedExCup Playoffs kick off this week as the top-125 from the season-long points race advance to take part in The Northern Trust. Players will tee it up at Glen Oaks Club, a new venue for the event, where they’ll look to play their way into the top-100 in the standings to earn a spot in next week’s Dell Technologies Championship. Hideki Matsuyama tops the standings thanks to three wins and three runner-up finishes this season. PGA TOUR cards are on the line as the Tour stages its final regular season event this week at the WinCo Foods Portland Open. At week’s end, the Tour will present 2017-18 PGA TOUR cards to the top-25 in the season-long money list. The LPGA Tour heads north of the border for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where world No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn looks to find her form as she defends her 2016 title. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Washington for the Boeing Classic, while two-time major champions Martin Kaymer and John Daly are in the field at the Made in Denmark on the European Tour.

The Northern Trust
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, 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) / 10:30 p.m.-2:30 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 regular season concluded last week after 42 events, with the top-125 in the FedExCup standings earning their 2017-18 PGA TOUR cards and a spot in the Playoffs. 120 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 Dell Technologies Championship near Boston.
Special Golf Central news conferences:  Golf Channel will air a special edition of Golf Central at 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET today, covering news conferences leading up to Thursday’s play.
Featured pairings: FedExCup points leaders Hideki Matsuyama (1), Justin Thomas (2) and Jordan Spieth (3) will tee it up together in the first two rounds of The Northern Trust. The next three in the standings – Dustin Johnson (4), Rickie Fowler (5) and Jon Rahm (6) – also will be paired together on Thursday and Friday.
Reed defends: Patrick Reed won by one shot over Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo.
Five out of event: The field will feature 120 players, with two players choosing not to compete (No. 22 Sergio Garcia and No. 66 Adam Scott) and three players out due to injury (No. 64 Brandt Snedeker, No. 85 Scott Piercy and No. 115 Dominic Bozzelli).
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed. 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Nick Faldo
Tower: Curt Byrum
On Course: Jim Gallagher Jr. / Jay Townsend
Interviews: Todd Lewis 

WinCo Foods Portland Open
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club – Witch Hollow Course, North Plains, Ore.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-9 p.m. (Live)
Friday              8-10 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          8-10 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            8-10 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Finalizing “The 25”: The top-25 on the Tour money list following Sunday’s final round will earn their 2017-18 PGA TOUR card. Players finishing 26-100 on the money list will be eligible to compete for 25 additional PGA TOUR cards up for grabs in the four-event Tour Finals, along with players having finished 126-200 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings.
Headlining the Field: Andrew Landry, Sam Ryder, Chesson Hadley, Beau Hossler, Talor Gooch, Ben Silverman, Andrew Yun and Martin Pillar.

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

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Ottawa Golf & Hunt Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Jutanugarn defends: Ariya Jutanugarn won just a week after claiming her first major at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Henderson homecoming: Brooke Henderson will be competing in her home town of Ottawa for the first time as an LPGA Tour professional.
Solheim Cup players in field: 19 of the 24 players representing the United State and Europe in last week’s Solheim Cup are in the field this week.
Emily Pedersen Rookie Spotlight – Denmark’s Emily Pedersen, member of the 2017 European Solheim Cup team, will be Golf Channel’s rookie spotlight feature during live tournament coverage.
Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Danielle Kang, Christina Kim and Paula Creamer.

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

Boeing Classic
Dates: August 25-27
Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6-8 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 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:
Langer defends: Charles Schwab Cup money list leader Bernhard Langer won in a three-man playoff in 2016 over Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Paul Goydos, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, David Toms and Scott McCarron.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr
On-Course: John Cook 

Made in Denmark
Dates: August 24-27
Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Farsø, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          6:30-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Pieters defends: Thomas Pieters won by one shot over Bradley Dredge.
Headlining the field: Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters,Thorbjørn Olesen, Sam Horsfield, John Daly and Andrew Johnston.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dominic Holyer
Analyst: Warren Humphreys
On-Course: Gary Murphy

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