Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


Ko and Thompson Lead 18 of Top-20 in the World Competing in 2nd Women’s Major of 2016 at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel & NBC from Sahalee Country Club Near Seattle

PGA TOUR Champions Concludes Stretch of Three Majors in Four Weeks with Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Outside Philadelphia

Johnson, Mickelson Headline Field at FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis with Four Invites to 145TH Open Available through Open Qualifying Series Tour in Illinois for Rust-Oleum Championship

European Tour in Austria for Lyoness Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2016) – The LPGA Tour stages its second major of the season this week with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club outside of Seattle. Golf Channel and NBC will combine to air live, primetime tournament coverage featuring 18 of the top-20 players in the world, including Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson. The PGA TOUR Champions are in Philadelphia for the Tour’s third major in four weeks with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, with Bernhard Langer defending his 2015 title. Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka headline the PGA TOUR’s FedEx St. Jude Classic this week, with a possible four invitations to The 145TH Open available for players not already exempt who finish inside the top-12 (and ties). The Tour is in Illinois for the Rust-Oleum Championship, while the European Tour is in Austria for the Lyoness Open.


KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Dates: June 9-12
Venue: Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              7-10 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          5-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday            6-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          2-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            4:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
NBC Sports tournament coverage airing live and in primetime, with NBC broadcast leading into Golf Channel’s telecast on the weekend: NBC Sports Group will showcase the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship live and in primetime on the East Coast, Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12. Weekend lead-in live coverage will begin on NBC on both Saturday and Sunday, with continuing coverage both days airing on Golf Channel.
Golf Central on-site from Sahalee Country Club: Golf Channel’s signature news program, Golf Central, will provide on-site news coverage throughout the week from Sahalee Country Club. Cara Robinson will anchor Golf Central’s live coverage from Sahalee Country Club, and will be joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee and Paige Mackenzie, with Lisa Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews.
Golf Central Special player news conferences airing from 5-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday: On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, Golf Central will air a special player news conferences show from the media center at Sahalee Country Club, featuring players in the field looking ahead to their opening round on Thursday.
Park chasing history: Inbee Park this week will attempt to become the first female golfer to win the same major in four consecutive years. Combatting injuries to her left thumb and back all season, she needs only to complete her opening round to record her 10th start of the year and meet the LPGA Hall of Fame’s 10-year LPGA membership requirement, though she has withdrawn after the opening round in each of her last two starts.
Jutanugarn vying for fourth consecutive victory: Ariya Jutanugarn will look to continue her streak as the hottest player in the game of late, having won in each of her last three starts. She’ll look to become the first player to win four straight events in which she’s competed in since Lorena Ochoa did it in 2008.
KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Airing on Golf Live Extra, on Wednesday: Golf Central also will offer news coverage of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be hosted on-site on Wednesday, and assemble accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. Condoleezza Rice and Annika Sorenstam will keynote the gathering, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya serving as master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including: NBC News and MSNBC Business Correspondent Olivia Sterns, CNBC Contributor Deidre Bosa and Golf Channel/NBC play-by-play host Terry Gannon. The summit will be streamed live from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Golf Live Extra Powered by PlayMaker Media and via
UL International crown field to be finalized at week’s end: Following the conclusion of this week’s event, the four highest ranked players from each of the eight qualifying countries will make up their respective teams for next month’s UL International Crown match play event. The eight countries will be seeded #1 through #8, and will be divided into two pools based on the cumulative total of the four players’ Rolex World Rankings published following the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.}
Park defends: Inbee Park finished five shots clear of the field at Westchester Country Club to win her third straight KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Anna Nordqvist and Gerina Piller.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Terry Gannon (Thursday-Friday)
Analyst: Annika Sorenstam / Judy Rankin (Thursday-Friday) / Curt Byrum (Saturday-Sunday)
Tower: Tom Abbott / Curt Byrum (Thursday-Friday)
On-Course: Kay Cockerill / Mark Rolfing
Interviews: Steve Sands

Golf Central Broadcast Team:
Host: Cara Robinson
Analyst: Brandel Chamblee / Paige Mackenzie
Reporter: Lisa Cornwell


Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Dates: June 9-12
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course), Flourtown, Pa.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              12:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-5:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Bookending a stretch of three PGA TOUR Champions majors in four weeks: This week’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will mark Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of the third PGA TOUR Champions major over a four week stretch. Golf Channel and NBC also will carry exclusive coverage of the Tour’s next major, the Senior Open from Carnoustie Golf Links, July 21-24.
Langer defends: Bernhard Langer finished six strokes ahead of the field to earn his fifth senior major and 24th career PGA TOUR Champions victory.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, John Daly, Tom Watson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate, Jeff Maggert, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Bob Papa
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown
Interviews: Tim Rosaforte


FedEx St. Jude Classic
Dates: June 9-12
Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

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

Broadcast Notes:  
Four potential invites to 145TH Open available through Open Qualifying Series: This event serves as a qualifier for The 2016 Open as part of The Open Qualifying Series. Up to four places in the field at Royal Troon are available this week for players finishing in the top-12 (and ties) not already exempt into the event.
Gomez defends: Fabian Gomez finished four shots ahead of Greg Owen for his inaugural PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Lee McCoy, Graeme McDowell, Robby Shelton and Jon Curran.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Jim Gallagher Jr.
Tower: Frank Nobilo / Matt Gogel
On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Damon Hack
Interviews: Rex Hoggard


Rust-Oleum Championship
Dates: June 9-12
Venue: Ivanhoe Club, Ivanhoe, Ill.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday            9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Ben Curtis, Oliver Goss, Ollie Schniederjans, Casey Wittenberg, Richy Werenski, Matthew Goggin, Brad Fritsch, Andrew Svoboda, Ryan Armour and Len Mattiace.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Grant Boone
Analyst: Craig Perks
Tower: Steve Burkowski
On-Course: Tripp Isenhour / Gary Christian


Lyoness Open
Dates: June 9-12
Venue: Diamond Country Club (Diamond Course), Atzenbrugg, Austria

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          6-10 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5:30-10 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Wood defends: Chris Wood won by two shots over Rafa Cabrera-Bello for his second career European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Y.E. Yang, Thomas Bjorn, David Howell, Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood, Lasse Jensen and Sepp Straka.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Studio Host: Mike Ritz
Play by Play: Dominik Holyer
Analyst: Tony Johnstone
On-Course: Julian Tutt

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