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Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

LPGA TOUR STAGES FINAL MAJOR OF 2018 AT THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN FRANCE; 25 HOURS OF COVERAGE AIRING ON GOLF CHANNEL, NBC

Web.com Tour Finals Continue with Penultimate Event at Albertsons Boise

Open; Coverage Airing Live in Primetime Thursday-Sunday on Golf Channel

 

PGA TOUR Champions Host Inaugural Ally Challenge in Michigan

 

Major Champions Lead Field at KLM Open in The Netherlands

 

Asian Tour’s Shinhan Donghae Open Airing Live

in Primetime on Golf Channel, Wednesday-Saturday

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2018) – The LPGA Tour will stage the final major of the 2018 season this week at The Evian Championship in France. Golf Channel will air nearly 25 hours of live coverage Thursday-Sunday, with a 90-minute show recapping the final round airing Sunday on NBC. The field features nine of the top-10 in the current Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings. The Web.com Tour Finals continue with the Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four events that will award 25 additional PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Michigan for the inaugural Ally Challenge, where Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples lead the field. The European Tour is in The Netherlands for the KLM Open, with major champions Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington in the field. Wednesday-Saturday, the Asian Tour’s Shinhan Donghae Open will air live in primetime on Golf Channel from South Korea.

 

LPGA TOUR

The Evian Championship

Dates: Sept. 13-16

Venue: Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday             5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            4:30-10 a.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

 

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Sunday            2:30-4 p.m.

                                                    

Broadcast Notes:

Twenty-five hours of coverage on Golf Channel, NBC: Golf Channel and NBC will combine for nearly 25 hours of tournament coverage of The Evian Championship Thursday-Sunday, the most-number of hours ever for this major championship. Live coverage of all four rounds will air on Golf Channel Thursday-Sunday, with NBC airing a special 90-minute show recapping the final round on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Nordqvist defends: Anna Nordqvist defeated Brittany Altomare on the first playoff hole to earn her eighth LPGA Tour win and second major championship.

Headlining the field: Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee, Shanshan Feng, Georgia Hall, Brooke Henderson and Anna Nordqvist.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Grant Boone / Tom Abbott

Analyst: Judy Rankin / Karen Stupples

Tower: Richard Kaufman

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Henni Zuel

 

WEB.COM TOUR

 

Albertsons Boise Open

Dates: Sept. 13-16

Venue: Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-8 p.m. (Live)

Friday             6-8 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-8 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            6-8 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Web.com Tour Finals continues with third of four events: This week marks the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events, with eligible players vying for 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season. Players in the field include the top-75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the final FedExCup regular season standings.

Headlining the field: Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Lucas Glover, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, Maverick McNealy, Henrik Norlander, Dylan Meyer, Julian Suri and Erik Compton.

 

Tournament Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Burkowski

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Gary Christian / Tripp Isenhour

 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

The Ally Challenge

Dates: Sept. 14-16

Venue: Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Mich.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday             3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-4:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Inaugural event at familiar venue: The inaugural Ally Challenge returns to a venue that is familiar to many in the field. Warwick Hills previously hosted a PGA TOUR stop between 1958-2009, with notable winners including Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples and Vijay Singh.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin and Kenny Perry.

 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey

On Course: Billy Ray Brown / John Cook

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

KLM Open

Dates: Sept. 13-16

Venue: The Dutch – Spijk, The Netherlands

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         12:30-5:30 p.m. (Tape delay)

Friday             12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday          11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay)

Sunday            10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Wattel defends: Romain Wattel finished one stroke ahead of Austin Connelly to earn his first European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Angel Cabrera, Matt Wallace, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li, Kevin Stadler, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood and Romain Wattel.

 

ASIAN TOUR

 

Shinhan Donghae Open

Dates: Sept. 13-16

Venue: Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)

Wednesday     10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Thursday         10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Friday             10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes

Lee defends: Richard Lee finished one shot ahead of Gavin Green for his second career Asian Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Arjun Atwal, Byeong Hun An, K.T. Kim, Richard Lee, Y.E. Yang.

 

-NBC Sports Group-