Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


12 Two-Person Teams Convene in Mixed Format QBE Shark Shootout;
Coverage Airing Friday-Sunday on Golf Channel, Concluding on NBC

Oosthuizen Headlines Field at Joburg Open, 2nd Open Qualifying Serie
Event; Top-Three Non-Exempt Finishers to Earn Spot in 2018 Open

Hull, Lincicome Lead Field at Omega Dubai Ladies Masters,
Airing Live, Wednesday-Saturday Morning on Golf Channel

TONIGHT: 2017 PGA Jr. League Golf National Championship
Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel from 8-10 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2017) – Twelve two-person teams will convene in South Florida at the QBE Shark Shootout, airing Friday-Sunday on Golf Channel and NBC. The duo of Harris English and Matt Kuchar (defending champions) will look to win the event for the third time in the past five years. The European Tour is in South Africa for the Joburg Open, where Louis Oosthuizen headlines the field in his home country, as the tournament serves as the second event in the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The Ladies European Tour culminates its season with the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, airing live on Golf Channel Wednesday-Saturday morning. Tonight, the PGA of America stages the 2017 PGA Jr. League Golf National Championship, featuring eight teams of junior golfers competing at Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona.

QBE Shark Shootout
Dates: Dec. 8-10
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Friday              1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern)
Sunday            2-4 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              1-1:30 p.m. / 4:30-5 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          1-1:30 p.m. / 4:30-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            Noon-1 p.m. / 4-5 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Event format: The field is made up of 12 two-person teams. The competition includes a scramble format (Friday), modified alternate shot (Saturday) and better ball (Sunday).
English/Kuchar defend: Harris English and Matt Kuchar finished one stroke ahead of Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker to win the event for the second time in four years as a duo.
Teams: Harris English/Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman/Zach Johnson, Tony Finau/Lexi Thompson, Jason Dufner/Billy Horschel, Russell Henley/Kyle Stanley, Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele, Brandt Snedeker/Bubba Watson, Kevin Chappell/Kevin Kisner, Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Brian Harman/Pat Perez, Sean O’Hair/Steve Stricker, Shane Lowry/Graeme McDowell.

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Frank Nobilo
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill



Joburg Open
Dates: Dec. 7-10
Venue: Randpark Golf Club (Firethorn & Bushwillow Courses), Johannesburg, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:30-5:30 & 7-9 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Friday              9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:30-5:30 & 7-9 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4:30-9 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Sunday            4:30-9 a.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast notes:
2nd Open Qualifying Event for 2018: This is the second event that falls under the 2018 Open Qualifying Series, with the top-three finishers (not already exempt) amongst the top-10 at week’s end earning a spot in the field at the 2018 Open next July at Carnoustie.
Course rotation: The field will complete one round on each of the two courses over the first two rounds, while the Firethorn course will be utilized for the final two rounds following a 36-hole cut.
Fichardt defends: Darren Fichardt finished one shot ahead of Paul Waring and Stuart Manley to claim his fifth European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Fichardt, Dylan Frittelli, George Coetzee, Thomas Aiken, Sam Horsfield, Alfie Plant, Haydn Porteous and Dean Burmester.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Denis Hutchinson / Warren Humphreys
On-Course: James Spence



Omega Dubai Ladies Masters
Dates: Dec. 6-9
Venue: Emirates Golf Club (Majils Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
Thursday         4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          4:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast notes:
Headlining the field: Charley Hull, Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew, I.K. Kim, Laura Davies, Aditi Ashok, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Angel Yin and Georgia Hall.



PGA Jr. League Championship
Date: Dec. 5
Venue: Grayhawk Golf Club

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Tuesday           8-10 p.m. / Midnight-2 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast notes:
Format: Eight teams from across the United States are divided into two four-team divisions to compete in a series of round-robin, nine-hole matches utilizing a two-person scramble format. Captains are allowed to substitute players every three holes, so that all team members can participate.
Coverage: Golf Channel’s coverage will feature player interviews and features, highlights and the awards ceremony following the championship match between Team Georgia (Duluth) and Team New Jersey (Hillsborough).
Field: Team New Jersey, Team Texas, Team Arkansas, Team Illinois, Team New Hampshire, Team Ohio, Team Georgia, Team California.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Ryan Burr
Analyst: Tripp Isenhour
On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Billy Ray Brown

-NBC Sports Group-