Thursday, September 14th, 2017


Field of 70 Convene at BMW Championship in Penultimate Event of PGA
TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs; Airing Thursday-Sunday on Golf Channel, NBC 

The Evian Championship Reduced to 54 Holes Tour Finals Continue with Second-Leg
of Four-Event Series at Albertsons Boise Open 

Luiten Defends at European Tour’s KLM Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2017) – The PGA TOUR is outside of Chicago this week for the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson lead the field of 70 as the current top-three in the FedExCup standings, and the three will be paired together during Rounds 1 and 2 on Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel. The LPGA Tour today announced that due to weather, The Evian Championship in France will now be staged as a 54-hole event. World No. 5 In Gee Chun will defend her 2016 title. The Tour Finals continue with the Albertsons Boise Open, the second of four tournaments that will ultimately award 25 additional 2017-2018 PGA TOUR cards. The European Tour is in The Netherlands for the KLM Open, as Joost Luiten defends.


BMW Championship
Dates: Sept. 14-17
Venue: Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday              3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday          1-3 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            2-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Johnson defends: Dustin Johnson finished three shots ahead of Paul Casey to claim his 13th PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman, Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   Steve Sands (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)
Analyst:           Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)
Tower:             Gary Koch / Peter Jacobsen / Mark Rolfing / David Feherty
On-Course:      Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Jim Mackay / Mark Rolfing (NBC)
Interviews:      George Savaricas (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)
Essays:             Jimmy Roberts


The Evian Championship
Dates: Sept. 15-17
Venue: Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
54-hole format: The LPGA Tour announced that due to weather, the event will now be contested as a 54-hole tournament, Friday-Sunday.
Chun defends: World No. 5 In Gee Chun will defend after claiming a four shot victory in 2016.
Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson, Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng, I.K. Kim, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Amy Yang and Sei Young Kim.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play-by-Play:   Terry Gannon / Tom Abbott
Analyst:           Judy Rankin / Karen Stupples
Tower:             Richard Kaufman
On-Course:      Jerry Foltz / Sandy Mackenzie


 Albertsons Boise Open
Dates: Sept. 14-17
Venue: Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-8 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-8 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes: Tour Finals continue: The Tour Finals continue this week with the second-leg of the four event series which will conclude with the Tour Championship (Sept. 28-Oct. 1). At the conclusion of the Tour Championship, 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2017-18 season will be awarded to the top-25 players on the Finals money list.
Players eligible to compete: Eligible players for the Tour Finals are Nos. 1-75 on the Tour’s regular season money list, as well as Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup standings following last month’s Wyndham Championship, plus non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish within the 126-200 range.
Headlining the field: Beau Hossler, David Hearn, Aaron Wise, Chesson Hadley, Matt Jones, Hunter Mahan, Rob Oppenheim, Martin Piller, Daniel Summerhays and Sam Saunders.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   John Swantek
Analyst:           Craig Perks
Tower:             Steve Burkowski
On-Course:      Phil Blackmar / Gary Christian


KLM Open
Dates: Sept. 14-17
Venue: The Dutch, Spijk, The Netherlands

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              Midnight-3 a.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday          Midnight-3 a.m. (Tape delay)
3-5 p.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday            2-5 p.m. (Tape delay)

Broadcast Notes:
Luiten defends: Joost Luiten finished three shots ahead of Bernd Wiesberger to earn his fifth European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood, Joost Luiten, Lee Westwood, Thongchai Jaidee, Ross Fisher, Padraig Harrington and David Horsey.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play-by-Play:   Dougie Donnelly
Analyst:           Mark James
On-Course:      Julian Tutt

-NBC Sports Group-