Thursday, January 10th, 2019


Thomas, DeChambeau & Spieth Headline Field at

Sony Open in Hawaii, Airing in Primetime on Golf Channel Tour Season Begins at Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, Sunday-Wednesday

Live on Golf Channel; Players to be “Mic’d Up” During Coverage


ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – The PGA TOUR continues its Hawaii stretch this week with the first full-field event of 2019 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Jordan Spieth headline the field at Waialae Country Club, with Thursday’s opening round coverage in primetime kicking off 18 consecutive days of live tournament coverage on GOLF Channel. The Tour opens its 2019 campaign with the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, airing Sunday-Wednesday live on GOLF Channel. The network’s coverage of the Tour in 2019 will feature select players being “mic’d up” during the course of their round to provide an innovative inside-the-ropes perspective for fans tuning in. The Tour also debuts a new season-long points system that will determine the 75 players advancing to the Tour Finals in August.



Sony Open in Hawaii

Dates: Jan. 10-13

Venue: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         7-10:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday             7-10:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          7-10:30 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            6-10 p.m. (Live)


Golf Central Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-7 p.m. / 10:30-11 p.m. (Live)

Friday             6-7 p.m. / 10:30-11 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-7 p.m. / 10:30-11 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            5-6 p.m. / 10-11 p.m. (Live)


Broadcast Notes:

Kizzire defends: Patton Kizzire made par on the sixth playoff hole to defeat James Hahn and earn his second PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth, Cameron Champ, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Marc Leishman, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Patton Kizzire.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Sands

Analyst: Frank Nobilo

Tower: Mark Rolfing / Curt Byrum

On-Course: Jim “Bones” Mackay / Arron Oberholser



Bahamas Great Exuma Classic

Dates: Jan. 13-16

Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas


Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Sunday            2-5 p.m. (Live)

Monday           2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-9 p.m. (Replay)

Tuesday          2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-9 p.m. (Replay)

Wednesday     1:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-8 p.m. (Replay)


Broadcast Notes:

Coverage to include select players ‘mic’d up’ during their round: Tour coverage in 2019 – beginning this week – will feature select players being “mic’d up” during the course of their round, providing an intimate perspective for fans tuning in. The announcement was made Wednesday on GOLF Channel’s Morning Drive during a segment with Tour president Dan Glod and Tour player Andy Zhang.

Debut of new season-long points system mirroring FedExCup: This week also will mark the beginning of a new point system on the Tour that will be structured in a similar fashion as the FedExCup. Tour points will be distributed to players earning official money at Tour sanctioned events, with the top-75 players at the conclusion of the regular season advancing to the Tour Finals.

Headlining the field: Maverick McNealy, Norman Xiong, Doug Ghim, Andy Zhang, Scottie Scheffler, Henrik Norlander, Jordan Niebrugge, Lee McCoy, Morgan Hoffman and Rico Hoey.


Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Burkowski

Analyst: Craig Perks

Tower: Phil Blackmar

On-Course: Gary Christian


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