FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
GOLF CHANNEL ON THURSDAY BEGINS 18 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF LIVE TOURNAMENT GOLF, JANUARY 10-27
Stretch Features Nearly 140 Live Hours from Six Professional Tours,
Including Web.com Tour Events (Sunday-Wednesday) in the Bahamas
Web.com Tour Telecasts on GOLF Channel to Feature
Players “Mic’d Up” During Live Tournament Coverage
PGA TOUR LIVE Launches on NBC Sports Gold on
Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Desert Classic in California
ORLANDO, Fla., (Jan. 9, 2019) – On Thursday, GOLF Channel will kick off a stretch of 18 consecutive days of live tournament golf, spanning January 10-27 with coverage from six professional tours. The 18-day stretch will feature the first event(s) of the 2019 season for five of the six tours, and is linked by two Web.com Tour events in the Bahamas, each being contested Sunday-Wednesday. GOLF Channel’s stretch of 18 consecutive days of tournament golf begins tomorrow with the Sony Open in Hawaii on the PGA TOUR, with the span featuring nearly 140 live hours in total.
“This early-season stretch of live golf is a credit to the progressive scheduling of our tour partners,” said Tom Knapp, executive vice president of partnerships and programming, GOLF Channel. “For many viewers, the warm climate locales of these tournament venues will offer the ideal escape from the winter doldrums as they tune-in to follow the sport’s current and emerging stars.”
WEB.COM TOUR TO FEATURE PLAYERS “MIC’D UP” DURING ROUNDS
After experimenting with live player interviews during the course of their round at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour viewers in 2019 will gain an even greater inside-the-ropes experience, with players being “mic’d up” during live tournament coverage. Announced earlier today on GOLF Channel’s Morning Drive during a segment with Web.com Tour president Dan Glod and Web.com Tour player Andy Zhang, telecasts will feature a player accompanied by a microphone, providing an intimate perspective for fans over the course of the player’s competitive round.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to mic our players in 2019,” said Glod. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to bring fangs closer to the game, and this provides a unique avenue for viewers to get an inside look at some of golf’s rising stars while also helping to raise the profiles of Web.com Tour players.”
PGA TOUR LIVE LAUNCHES ON NBC SPORTS GOLD ON THURSDAY, JAN. 17
Next Thursday, Jan. 17 marks the official launch of PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold. The PGA TOUR’s direct-to-consumer subscription video service that live streams extensive Featured Groups coverage of the best golfers in the world kicks off at the Desert Classic (Jan. 17-20) for fans in the United States to watch on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer live streaming platform. PGA TOUR LIVE will present the most robust service in its history in 2019, with four days of live coverage from 27 PGA TOUR events, new “Speed Round” recaps for Featured Groups players, expansive VOD content, and integrated scoring and statistics.
MILLER TO MAKE FINAL CALL AT WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
On the eve of 30 years as NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst, Johnny Miller will make his final 18th tower call at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 31-Feb. 3). Miller was named lead analyst of NBC Sports’ golf broadcast team in 1990 and quickly made his mark as the game’s most candid commentator, calling some of golf’s most memorable shots across the past three decades. Garnering eight Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst,” Miller’s insight and frank approach have earned him critical praise, professional golfers’ respect, and golf fans’ appreciation. At the WGC-Mexico Championship (Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 21-24) Paul Azinger will make his official debut as NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst. Azinger’s NBC Sports schedule will regularly include four days of tournament coverage across GOLF Channel and NBC.
18 DAYS OF LIVE TOURNAMENT COVERAGE ON GOLF CHANNEL:
|Sony Open in Hawaii||PGA TOUR||Jan. 10-13|
|Bahamas Great Exuma Classic||Web.com Tour||Jan. 13-16|
|Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship||European Tour||Jan. 16-19|
|SMBC Singapore Open||Asian Tour||Jan. 16-19|
|Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions||LPGA Tour||Jan. 17-20|
|Desert Classic||PGA TOUR||Jan 17-20|
|Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai||PGA TOUR Champions||Jan. 17-19|
|Bahamas Great Abaco Classic||Web.com Tour||Jan. 20-23|
|Omega Dubai Desert Classic||European Tour||Jan. 24-27|
|Farmers Insurance Open||PGA TOUR||Jan. 24-27|
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