Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Jan. 25-28): Farmers Insurance Open; Omega Dubai Desert Classic; Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic

Woods to Make First Official PGA TOUR Start in

a Year as Rahm Defends at Farmers Insurance Open


Garcia Defends at Omega Dubai Desert Classic Alongside McIlroy, Fleetwood

with More Than 20 Hours of Live Coverage Airing on Golf Channel


2018 LPGA Tour Season Gets Underway at Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA


Classic with World No. 1 Feng and No. 4 Thompson Leading the Field


ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2018) – 14-time major champion Tiger Woods will make his first official PGA TOUR start in a year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego, as World No. 2 Jon Rahm defends his 2017 title. On the European Tour, Sergio Garcia will defend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, alongside Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. Golf Channel will showcase more than 20 hours of live tournament coverage from Dubai. The LPGA Tour will kick off its 2018 schedule this week at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. World No. 1 Shanshan Feng leads the field, alongside Lexi Thompson and defending champion Brittany Lincicome.


Farmers Insurance Open

Dates: Jan. 25-28

Venue: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North & South Courses), La Jolla, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)

Thursday         3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Friday              3-7 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Saturday          2-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         2:30-3 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)

Friday              2:30-3 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          1-2 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            Noon-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Woods returns to PGA TOUR for first time in a year: This week marks Tiger Woods’ first competitive start on the PGA TOUR since last year’s Farmers Insurance Open. He returns to a venue where he has won on eight previous occasions, including the 2008 U.S. Open.

Event format: The field will be split over both courses during the first two rounds, while the South Course will be utilized in the third and final rounds once a cut has been made.

Rahm defends: Jon Rahm finished three shots ahead of Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan to earn his first career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Brian Harman, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Matt Gogel

On-Course: Arron Oberholser

Interviews: George Savaricas


Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Dates: Jan. 25-28

Venue: Emirates Golf Club (Majlis Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)

Wednesday     11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live)

Thursday         6-8 a.m. (Live)

Friday              3:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          3:30-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            3:30-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-Noon (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Garcia defends: Sergio Garcia finished three strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson for his 12th career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters, Pat Perez, Martin Kaymer, Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ernie Els.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Sam Torrance

On-Course: Jay Townsend / Ken Brown


Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic

Dates: Jan. 25-28

Venue: Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)

Thursday         11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

LPGA Tour season kickoff: This week marks the first of 33 official events on the 2018 LPGA Tour, with events scheduled in 15 states and 14 countries around the world.

Lincicome defends: Brittany Lincicome defeated Lexi Thompson with a birdie on the first playoff hole to claim her seventh LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Danielle Kang, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team

Play by Play: Grant Boone

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Tom Abbott

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

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