FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
NBC Sports Group to Air 30 Live Hours of Ryder Cup Coverage Friday-Sunday From First Tee Shot to Final Putt
PGA TOUR Champions in Pebble Beach for the Pure Insurance Championship, Featuring Junior Golfers Representing The First Tee Chapters Throughout the U.S.
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2018) – Golf Channel and NBC will combine for 30 hours of live tournament coverage of the 42nd Ryder Cup Friday-Sunday, the biennial competition featuring the top professional golfers representing the United States and Europe. Live coverage from Le Golf National outside of Paris will span from Friday morning’s opening tee shot just after 2 a.m. ET through the clinching point on Sunday. The United States will look to retain the Ryder Cup after defeating Europe in 2016 (17-11) and aim to win for the first time on European soil in 25 years, since 1993. The PGA TOUR Champions will be at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the Pure Insurance Championship, where junior golfers representing The First Tee chapters from throughout the country will compete alongside the PGA TOUR Champions professionals.
PGA OF AMERICA
42ND Ryder Cup
Dates: Sept. 28-30
Venue: Le Golf National (Albatross Course), Paris, France
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel / NBC (Eastern):
Friday 2 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live, Golf Channel) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay, Golf Channel)
Saturday 2-3 a.m. (Live, Golf Channel) / 3 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live, NBC) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay, Golf Channel)
Sunday 6 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live, NBC) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay, Golf Channel)
Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Friday Midnight-2 a.m. / 1-3 p.m.
Saturday Midnight-2 a.m. / 1-3 p.m.
Sunday 4-6 a.m. / 1-3 p.m.
30 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel, NBC: Golf Channel and NBC will combine for nearly 30 hours of its Emmy-nominated live event coverage, spanning from Friday morning’s opening tee shot just after 2 a.m. ET through the clinching point on Sunday.
Golf Central’s Live From the Ryder Cup Wraparound News Coverage: Leading into and following live tournament coverage, Golf Channel’s team of news reporters and analysts will provide comprehensive wraparound news coverage from both on-site in France and from Golf Channel’s worldwide headquarters in Orlando.
Defending Champion: The United States are the reigning Ryder Cup champions, having defeated Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016.
United States Team: Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.
European Team: Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
Golf Channel/NBC Sports Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Terry Gannon, Dan Hicks
Analysts: Nick Faldo, Justin Leonard, Johnny Miller
Tower: Tom Abbott, Curt Byrum, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch
On-Course: Notah Begay, David Feherty, Roger Maltbie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mark Rolfing
Interviews: Steve Sands, Jimmy Roberts
News reports: Tim Rosaforte
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Pure Insurance Championship
Dates: Sept. 28-30
Venue: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 5-8 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 5-8 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 5-8 p.m. (Live)
81 First Tee Participants Competing in the Field: The field at the Pure Insurance Championship will be comprised of professionals playing alongside 81 junior golfers representing The First Tee Chapters from throughout the country, along with 162 amateurs.
Headlining the field: Paul Broadhurst, Darren Clarke, John Cook, Fred Couples, Chris DiMarco, Hale Irwin, Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Scott McCarron, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry, Charlie Rymer, Vijay Singh and Tom Watson.
Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey
On-Course: Arron Oberholser, Billy Ray Brown
Interviews: Lisa Cornwell
-NBC Sports Group-