Wednesday, October 28th, 2015


Stenson, Matsuyama Headline the Field at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia 

European Tour Kicks Off Final Series as McIlroy Headlines Turkish Airlines Open Field as Current Race to Dubai Leader

Montgomerie, Maggert and Langer Continue Pursuit of Charles Schwab Cup at Toshiba Classic in California 

Ko Marks Return to No. 1 at Blue Bay LPGA in China 

NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championship Semifinalists Set to Reconvene at Inaugural East Lake Cup Collegiate Match Play Event, Nov. 2-3 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – The PGA TOUR shifts to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic, with a field of 78 players competing in a 72-hole no-cut event. Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia headline the field. The European Tour kicks off the first of four events in its Final Series, as World No. 3 Rory McIlroy leads the field at the top of the current Race to Dubai standings. Each of the four events features a field of 60-78 players with no cut, totaling a combined purse of $30.5 million. The Champions Tour stages its final event of the season prior to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week, with three players still in the running to win the Charles Schwab Cup: Colin Montgomerie (No. 1); Jeff Maggert (No.2, trailing Montgomerie by 39 points); and Bernhard Langer (No. 3, trailing Montgomerie by 66 points). The LPGA Tour is in China for the Blue Bay LPGA, as Lydia Ko makes her first start since returning to No.1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. And the inaugural East Lake Cup gets underway on Monday, Nov. 2, a collegiate match play championship featuring the four semifinalist teams from the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships. The semifinals are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2 and the finals and consolation matches will be contested on Tuesday, Nov. 3.


CIMB Classic
Dates: Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (West Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 2-6 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday         10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 1-5 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 1-5 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / Noon-4 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Tournament format: The field consists of 78 players including 60 players from the 2014-15 FedExCup standings, 10 from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, and eight sponsor’s exemptions, competing in a 72-hole no-cut format.
Moore defends: Ryan Moore won by three strokes over Gary Woodland, Kevin Na and Sergio Garcia to successfully defend his 2013 title.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Patrick Reed, Anirban Lahiri, Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, Branden Grace and Kevin Na. 

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Sands
Analyst: Frank Nobilo
Tower: Phil Blackmar / Dom Boulet
On-Course: Arron Oberholser


Turkish Airlines Open
Dates: Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Venue: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-10 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-10 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-10 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            3:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Final Series begins as McIlroy looks to maintain Race to Dubai lead: Rory McIlroy headlines the field as the Race to Dubai leader in the first of four events a part of the European Tour’s Final Series. Each of the four events features a field of 60-78 players with no cut, totaling a combined purse of $30.5 million.
Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Shane Lowry, Victor Dubuisson and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Studio Host: Mike Ritz
Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
Analyst: Warren Humphreys
On-Course: Julian Tutt


Toshiba Classic
Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Venue: Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              5-8 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          5-8 p.m. (Live) / 2-3:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            4:30-7 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Three continue to battle for Charles Schwab Cup title: This is the final event prior to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert and Bernhard Langer still in the race to win the Charles Schwab Cup, with only 66 points separating Montgomerie (first place) from Langer (third place). At week’s end, the top-30 in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race will advance to next week’s season-culminating Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Arizona. Players on the bubble hoping to advance to compete in next week’s field include: Fred Couples (No. 28); Miguel Angel Jimenez (No. 29); Duffy Waldorf (No. 30); Stephen Ames (No. 31); Rod Spittle (No. 32); Rocco Mediate (No. 33); and Fred Funk (No. 34).
Couples defends: Fred Couples defeated Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Steve Pate by one stroke for his 10th career Champions Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Rocco Mediate, Marco Dawson and Tom Lehman.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Brian Hammons
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown


Blue Bay LPGA
Dates: Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Venue: Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, Hainan Island, China

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2:30-5 a.m. (Tape delay) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday              2:30-5 a.m. (Tape delay) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday          8-10:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / Midnight-4 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday            8 p.m.-Midnight (Tape delay) / Midnight-3 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Broadcast Notes:
Pace defends: Lee-Anne Pace defeated Caroline Masson by three strokes for his first LPGA Tour win in a 54-hole shortened event due to heavy rains.
Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Shanshan Feng, Hyo Joo Kim, Amy Yang, Suzann Pettersen, Sei Young Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Brittany Lincicome.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Warren Smith
Analyst: Kate Burton / Sandra MacKenzie

Coming Up… 

East Lake Cup
Dates: Nov. 2-3
Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Monday, Nov. 2          Semifinals, Match Play           2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Tuesday, Nov. 3          Finals, Match Play                  2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-10 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: The four NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships semifinalist teams will reconvene to compete in the inaugural East Lake Cup collegiate match play championship from East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The event will benefit the East Lake Foundation. In addition to live tournament coverage on Golf Channel, the network will provide pre-and-post event news coverage on Golf Central, with live reports and interviews from on-site at Eat Lake.
Participating Universities: The four participating men’s teams include: reigning National Champions Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of Southern California (USC), who lost to LSU in the championship match; the University of Illinois, who has won three of their last four fall collegiate events and is currently the top-ranked team in the country according to the GCAA Coaches Rankings, and the University of Georgia (UGA), two-time national champions (1999 and 2005). The women’s division features three of the top-four ranked teams in the current Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings including 2015 NCAA Women’s National Champion Stanford University. The remaining field includes Championship runner-up Baylor University; the University of Southern California (USC), currently the top-ranked team in the country in both the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Golfstat Relative Ranking; and six-time national champions Duke University.
Features: Features running within Golf Central programming throughout the week include: Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse and Baylor’s Hayley Davis discussing their dramatic final match at the 2015 NCAA Championships; a look back on Duke’s Leona Maguire’s Remarkable Freshman Year; recapping the season of the 2015 Men’s National Champions LSU; and profiling the 2015 NCAA Men’s runners-up USC Trojans and their quest to claim their first national title. Digital Coverage: will provide comprehensive coverage during the East Lake Cup as part of College Central ( College Central, led by Jay Coffin and Ryan Lavner, is the source for all things NCAA golf, including tournament results, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news. Complete information on the East Lake Cup can be found on the tournament website. Fans also can stay connected with the championship on Twitter via @GolfChannel using the hashtag #EastLakeCup.
Mascots to Interact with Fans at East Lake Cup: Each of the Mascots for the respective schools will be in attendance at East Lake Golf Club on Monday, Nov 2, interacting with fans and participating in Golf Channel’s news and tournament coverage. In addition, Georgia Tech’s mascot and the University of Oregon’s mascot – Oregon is the host school for the 2016 NCAA Division I Golf Championships – will be on-site at East Lake Golf Club.
Golf Channel to re-air 2015 NCAA Championships on Wednesday: Ahead of next week’s East Lake Cup, Golf Channel will re-air the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships on Wednesday, airing the women’s finals at 2:30 p.m. ET and the men’s at 8 p.m. ET.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Bob Papa
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: Curt Byrum
On-Course: Notah Begay / Billy Ray Brown / Kay Cockerill

Golf Central Broadcast Team:
Reporter: Lisa Cornwell / Angela Hamann / Charlie Rymer

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