Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Golf Channel Airtimes & Notes (Aug. 6-9): WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; Barracuda Championship; Shaw Charity Classic

Spieth, Fowler Lead a Field that Features 48 of the Top-50 in the World at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio

Major Champions, Schniederjans Headline the Field at the Barracuda Championship in Reno

Champions Tour in Canada as Couples Defends Shaw Charity Classic

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2015) – Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler headline an elite field that includes 48 of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Barracuda Championship will air in primetime on Golf Channel, with PGA TOUR rookie Ollie Schniederjans and major champions headlining the field in Reno. Fred Couples will defend his 2014 title at the Shaw Charity Classic in Canada, and Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie also are in the field.


WGC-Bridgestone Invitational      

Dates: Aug. 6-9

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

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Elite field: The reduced field of 77 features 48 of the top-50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including 27 winners from the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Zach Johnson.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Matt Gogel / Gary McCord

On-Course: Jerry Foltz

Interviews: Steve Burkowski


Barracuda Championship

Dates: Aug. 6-9

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

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          6-9 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            6-9 p.m. (Live) / 5-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Scoring format: This week will be the fourth time that the tournament will be contested as a modified stableford. Players will receive eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, -1 points for a bogey and -3 points for a double bogey or worse.

PGA Championship spot up for grabs: While the winner will not receive an invitation to the 2016 Masters, he will receive an exemption into next week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits if not previously eligible.

Ogilvy defends: Geoff Ogilvy won by five points over Justin Hicks in the modified stableford format for his eighth PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Ollie Schniederjans, Retief Goosen, Jonas Blixt, John Huh, Ryo Ishikawa, Patrick Rodgers, Geoff Ogilvy, John Daly, Steve Wheatcroft, Billy Hurley and David Duval.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Frank Nobilo

Tower: Craig Perks

On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Curt Byrum


Shaw Charity Classic

Dates: Aug. 7-9

Venue: Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              8:30-10:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Couples defends: Fred Couples outlasted Billy Andrade with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his 11th career Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert, Corey Pavin, Jeff Sluman, Mark O’Meara, John Cook, Kirk Triplett and Tom Pernice, Jr.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brian Hammons

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

-NBC Sports Group-