Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs Culminate at TOUR Championship; NBC Sports Group to Air More Than 20 Live Hours of Tournament Coverage Tour Championship to Award 25 PGA TOUR Cards for 2018-19 Season

PGA TOUR Champions in South Dakota for Inaugural Sanford International

Garcia Leads Field at European Tour’s Portugal Masters

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2018) – Thirty players convene in Atlanta this week for the culmination of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, with the $10 million prize on the line at the TOUR Championship. NBC Sports will carry more than 20 live hours of tournament coverage, with the current top-five in the FedExCup standings guaranteed to hoist the FedExCup by week’s end with a victory at East Lake Golf Club: Bryson DeChambeau (No. 1), Justin Rose (No. 2), Tony Finau (No. 3), Dustin Johnson (No. 4) and Justin Thomas (No. 5). The Tour Championship is being staged in Florida, with the fourth and final event of the Tour Finals awarding 25 PGA TOUR cards on Sunday for the 2018-19 season. The PGA TOUR Champions stage the inaugural Sanford International in South Dakota, with a handful of World Golf Hall of Fame members headlining the field. Sergio Garcia leads the field at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour.


TOUR Championship

Dates: Sept. 20-23

Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern)

Thursday 12:30-1 p.m. / 6-7 p.m.

Friday 12:30-1 p.m. / 8-8:30 p.m.

Saturday Noon-12:30 p.m. / 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday 6-7 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:

More than 20 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel, NBC: Golf Channel and NBC will combine for more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage from East Lake Golf Club. The field of 30 players features a top-five that automatically will win the FedExCup (and $10 million prize) with a victory this week: Bryson DeChambeau (No. 1), Justin Rose (No. 2), Tony Finau (No. 3), Dustin Johnson (No. 4) and Justin Thomas (No. 5).

Schauffele defends: Xander Schauffele finished one stroke ahead of Justin Thomas to earn his second PGA TOUR victory. Despite not winning the TOUR Championship, Thomas would claim the FedExCup.

Headlining the field: Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley, Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith, Webb Simpson, Jason Day, Francesco Molinari, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Tiger Woods, Aaron Wise, Kevin Na, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Kyle Stanley, Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama, Gary Woodland, Marc Leishman and Patton Kizzire.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)

Analyst: Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)

Tower: Gary Koch / Peter Jacobsen / David Feherty

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Jim “Bones” Mackay

Interviews: Steve Sands / Todd Lewis (Golf Channel, Saturday-Sunday)

Essays: Jimmy Roberts

WEB.COM TOUR Tour Championship

Dates: Sept. 20-23

Venue: Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes: Tour Finals culminate with 25 PGA TOUR cards on the line: This week marks the conclusion of the four-event Tour Finals, with eligible players vying for 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season. Players in the field include the top-75 on the Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the final FedExCup regular season standings.

Headlining the field: Hunter Mahan, Maverick McNealy, Julian Suri, Lucas Glover, Peter Malnati, Robert Streb, Curtis Luck, Henrik Norlander, Ben Crane and Jonathan Byrd.

Tournament Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Burkowski

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Gary Christian / Tripp Isenhour

Interviews: Chantel McCabe


Sanford International

Dates: Sept. 21-23

Venue: Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday 6-8 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4:15-6:15 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)

Saturday 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday 4-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Inaugural event: The PGA TOUR Champions will unveil an inaugural event for the second time in as many weeks, with this week’s Sanford International in South Dakota.

Headlining the field: Paul Broadhurst, Vijay Singh, Scott McCarron, Darren Clarke, John Daly, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Colin Montgomerie, David Toms and Corey Pavin.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: John Swantek

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey

On Course: Billy Ray Brown / John Cook


Portugal Masters

Dates: Sept. 20-23

Venue: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 6:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Friday 6:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday 7:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Sunday 7:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Bjerregaard defends: Lucas Bjerregaard finished four strokes ahead of Marc Warren to earn his first European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera, Jose Maria Olazabal, Thorbjorn Olesen, Charl Schwartzel, Hunter Stewart and Danny Willett.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Jay Townsend / Tony Johnstone

On-Course: Ken Brown

-NBC Sports Group-