Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018


Thomas Defends in Hawaii at Sentry Tournament of Champions,
Airing Live and in Primetime on Golf Channel, Thursday-Sunday

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2017) – The PGA TOUR returns to action this week as 2017 Player of the Year Justin Thomas is set to defend his title at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The exclusive field of winners from the previous season convene at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course, with coverage airing live and in primetime on Golf Channel, Thursday-Sunday. Golf Central also will originate from on-site, leading into and immediately following live tournament coverage throughout the event.


Sentry Tournament of Champions
Dates: Jan. 4-7
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          3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday            6-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-6 p.m. / 10-11 p.m. (Live)
Friday              5-6 p.m. / 10-11 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          2-3 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-6 p.m. / 10-11 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Golf Central on-site at Kapalua: Golf Central will originate from on-site at Kapalua prior to and immediately following live tournament coverage throughout the week. Ryan Burr will host, with Brandel Chamblee and Notah Begay offering analysis, while Todd Lewis will conduct reports and provide interviews with those in the field.
“No Bones About It” to feature Jim Mackay: Golf Channel this week will debut a “No Bones About It” feature during its live tournament coverage that will utilize on-course reporter Jim “Bones” Mackay, where he’ll preview several shots players will face on Kapalua’s Plantation course.
Thomas defends: Justin Thomas finished three shots ahead of Hideki Matsuyama to claim his third PGA TOUR win.
Headlining the field: Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka and Marc Leishman.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Frank Nobilo
Tower: Mark Rolfing / Curt Byrum
On-Course: Notah Begay / Jim “Bones” Mackay / Jerry Foltz

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

-NBC Sports Group-