Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Golf Channel Gears up for Five Consecutive Nights of Live Primetime Golf, Beginning with RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

from Las Vegas, Tonight, 10 P.M. ET

PGA TOUR, European Tour Co-Sanction WGC-HSBC Champions in China

Sanderson Farms Championship’s New Venue, New Spot on Schedule


ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2014) – The live two-hour RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship gets underway tonight at 10 p.m. ET from Las Vegas with eight of the longest hitters in the world teeing it up for the winner-take-all $250,000 prize. The PGA TOUR and European Tour co-sanction the WGC-HSBC Champions in China this week for the fourth and final World Golf Championships event of 2014. The tournament also is the second of four events in the European Tour’s Final Series. Eleven of the 12 European Ryder Cup team participants are in the field, along with five of the 12 members of the American team. The PGA TOUR also stages the Sanderson Farms Championship this week in Mississippi, an opposite field event that is being held in November for the first time since 2005.


Long Drivers of America

RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

Date: Nov. 4

Venue: Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.

Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Tuesday           10 p.m.-Midnight (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Wednesday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Championship format: Eight finalists will compete in head-to-head matches with each competitor given a total of six drives per match to hit the ball as long as possible while still remaining in the landing grid. Players will hit their drives from a custom-built platform to the landing grid below surrounded by spectators.

Winner-take-all $250,000: Only one of the eight participants will walk away with a winner’s check – with all of the $250,000 allotted prize money going to the eventual champion.

Quarterfinal matches:  Match 1: Matt Hanger vs. Jeff Crittenden; Match 2: Joe Miller vs. Jamie Sadlowski; Match 3: Jeff Flagg vs. Daniel Beckman; Match 4: Adam Smith vs. Connor Powers

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Ryan Burr

Analyst: Art Sellinger / Michael Breed

Interviews: Lauren Thompson


PGA TOUR / European Tour

WGC-HSBC Champions
Dates: Nov. 5-8

Venue: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday     10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Thursday replay)

Thursday         10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Headlining the field: Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and Ernie Els.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Sands

Analyst: Frank Nobilo / Ewen Murray

On Course: Curt Byrum / Wayne Riley



Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Nov. 6-9

Venue: Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

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

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

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

Sunday            2-5 p.m. (Live) 8-11 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Austin defends: Woody Austin defeated Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win his fourth career PGA TOUR victory, and his first since 2007.

New course, new spot on the TOUR schedule: The Country Club of Jackson hosts the event this week for the first time, after being held at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss. since 1994. This also is the first time since 2005 that the event will be played in the month of November, after recently being held as an opposite-field event during the British Open.

Headlining the field: Peter Uihlein, David Toms, Tony Finau, David Duval, John Daly, Padraig Harrington, Scott McCarron, Scott Piercy, Chris DiMarco, Lee Janzen and Robert Streb.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brian Hammons

Analyst: Matt Gogel

Tower: Peter Oosterhuis

On Course: Phil Parkin / Rich Beem


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