Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017


Day, Johnson, Spieth, Matsuyama Lead Field of 32 at SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii; Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel & NBC, Jan. 5-8 Tour Kicks off 2017 Season with New (Sunday-Wednesday) Event at Bahamas Great Exuma Classic; Airing on Golf Channel, Jan. 8-11

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2017) – The PGA TOUR will stage its first event of the 2017 calendar year this week at the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama headline the winners-only event, which features a field of 32 players having earned a victory during the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season. Golf Channel will air early-round coverage on Thursday-Friday, Jan. 5-6, while NBC will provide weekend coverage on Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8, leading into Golf Channel’s third and final round coverage in primetime. The Tour kicks off its 2017 season on Sunday, Jan. 8 with the inaugural Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. The event – which will conclude on Wednesday, Jan. 11 – is the first of two Tour events this month being staged in a Sunday-Wednesday competition format.


SBS Tournament of Champions
Dates: Jan. 5-8
Venue: Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Hawaii

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

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          4-6 p.m.
Sunday            3-5 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
World No. 1 Day making first start since TOUR Championship: World No. 1 Jason Day will return to competition this week for the first time since the TOUR Championship in September. The winners-only field of 32 players features four of the top-six players in the World in Day, Johnson (No. 3), Jordan Spieth (No. 5) and Hideki Matsuyama (No. 6).
Golf Central on-site at Kapalua: Golf Channel’s daily evening news program – Golf Central­ – will originate from an on-site location at Kapalua Resort, Thursday-Sunday for pre-and post-round wraparound coverage surrounding each day of competition. Ryan Burr will serve as host, while Notah Begay and Brandel Chamblee will offer analysis, and Todd Lewis will provide updates and conduct player interviews.
Spieth defends: Jordan Spieth finished eight shots clear of the field (30-under) to claim his seventh PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the Field: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker, Branden Grace and Russell Knox.

Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: David Feherty (Thursday-Friday) / Frank Nobilo (Saturday-Sunday)
Tower: Curt Byrum
On-Course: Mark Rolfing / Billy Ray Brown / Jerry Foltz / David Feherty (Saturday-Sunday)
Interviews: Todd Lewis

Golf Central Broadcast Team:
Host: Ryan Burr
Analyst: Notah Begay / Brandel Chamblee
Reporter: Todd Lewis


Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
Dates: Jan. 8-11
Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay (Emerald Reef Course), Great Exuma, Bahamas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live)
Monday           3-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-8 p.m. (Replay)
Tuesday           3-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-8 p.m. (Replay)
Wednesday     2:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event (Sunday-Wednesday) kicks off 2017 Tour season: The inaugural Bahamas Great Exuma Classic will mark the beginning of the 2017 Web.Com Tour season, and will be contested from Sunday-Wednesday, Jan. 8-11, as the first of 26 official events on the Tour’s 2017 schedule. Later this month, Golf Channel also will televise the Tour’s Great Abaco Classic, also being staged as a Sunday-Wednesday event, Jan. 22-25.

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

-NBC Sports Group-