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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

GOLF CHANNEL TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES & NOTES (JULY 31 – AUGUST 3)

Woods, McIlroy Headline Field at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Golf Channel to Air Live, Primetime Coverage of Barracuda Championship

Goydos Makes Champions Tour Debut at 3M Championship, Featuring Palmer, Nicklaus, Player in ‘Greats of Golf’ Competition

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy headline the field at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, where Woods defends as an eight-time champion. Golf Channel will air live, primetime coverage of all four rounds of the Barracuda Championship (Reno-Tahoe Open formerly), while Paul Goydos makes his Champions Tour debut at the 3M Championship in Minnesota. During second-round coverage of the 3M Championship, Golf Channel will feature a competition with several legends of the game participating including: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley.

 

PGA TOUR

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Dates: July 31 – August 3

Venue: Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

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

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Channel to air Woods’ pre-tournament press conference live on Wednesday: Woods, an eight-time winner at Firestone Country Club will address the media during a pre-tournament press conference, airing live on Golf Channel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET.

Rory returns after Open triumph: Two weeks removed from winning his third career major in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Rory McIlroy returns to competition this week at Firestone.

Woods defends: Tiger Woods collected his fifth victory of the season here in 2013, winning in commanding fashion and finishing seven shots clear from the field. Woods set a new course record with a second-round 61, equaling his lowest-round-ever on the PGA TOUR.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Jason Day.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Peter Oosterhuis

On Course: Phil Parkin / Gary McCord

Interviews: Todd Lewis

 

PGA TOUR

Barracuda Championship
Dates: July 31 – August 3

Venue: Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nev.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            7-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Barracuda Championship airing live, in primetime: Golf Channel will air all four rounds of the Barracuda Championship live and in primetime, beginning with Thursday’s opening round at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Modified stableford scoring format: The Barracuda Championship features a modified stableford scoring format, the only such event played on the PGA TOUR schedule. The unique scoring system will feature 5 points for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, 0 for a par, minus-1 for a bogey, and minus-3 for a double bogey or worse.

New Sponsor: Earlier this month, the PGA TOUR named Barracuda Networks as the new sponsor of the event, signing a four-year contract to become the tournament’s title sponsor.

PGA Championship exemption up for grabs: The winner of the Barracuda Championship will receive an exemption into next week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

Headlining the field: Nick Watney, Johnson Wagner, Aaron Baddeley, Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Brendan Steele, John Daly and David Duval.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Curt Byrum

Tower: Craig Perks / Phil Blackmar

On Course: Jerry Foltz

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

3M Championship
Dates: August 1 – 3

Venue: TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-5:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

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

Broadcast Notes:

Goydos to make Champions Tour debut: Two-time PGA TOUR winner Paul Goydos turned 50 on June 20 and will make his Champions Tour debut this week.

Greats of Golf Competition: Saturday’s second-round coverage of the 3M Championship will feature a competition with several legends of the game participating including: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley.

Major field: Winners of all five Champions Tour majors this season are in the field this week: Bernhard Langer (Senior PLAYERS, Senior British Open), Colin Montgomerie (Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open), and Kenny Perry (Regions Tradition).

Pernice Jr. defends: Tom Pernice Jr. birdied his final two holes during last year’s final round to defeat Cory Pavin and Jeff Sluman by one stroke for his second career Champions Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Nick Price, John Cook, Jay Haas, Russ Cochran, Paul Goydos and Tom Pernice Jr.

Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brain Hammons

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: Dave Marr / John Mahaffey

On Course: Billy Ray Brown