Golf Channel’s Live Tournaments For This Weekend

Golf Channel has plenty of live action on this first weekend of December including the PGA Tour’s Chevron World Challenge and the LPGA Tour Championship. Plenty of stuff for the golf fan starting this morning. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for viewers.

Golf Channel Live Tournament Coverage: Dec. 2-6
Tiger Woods Hosts Chevron World Challenge
LPGA’s Best at Season-Ending LPGA Tour Championship
Final Stage of PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament
Westwood, Els and Harrington Headline Nedbank Golf Challenge
Chevron World Challenge
Dates: Dec. 2-5
Venue: Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday                     4-7 p.m. (Live)/8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday                          4-7 p.m. (Live)/8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:
Terry Gannon (Play by Play)
Frank Nobilo (Analyst)
Mark Rolfing (Tower)
Jimmy Roberts (Tower)
Roger Maltbie (On-Course)
Dottie Pepper (On-Course)
Steve Sands (Interviews)
Broadcast Notes:
  • Woods Headlines Elite Field: An elite field of 18 players is scheduled to compete this week, including defending champion Jim Furyk and tournament host Tiger Woods, who is playing for the first time since 2007.
  • Woods One-on-One with Golf Channel: Tiger Woods sat down with Golf Channel’s Steve Sands on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview, portions which will aired on Golf Central on Wednesday. The full-length interview also will be available online at
LPGA Tour Championship
Dates: Dec. 2-5
Venue: Grand Cypress Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday                     1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday                          1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday                      7:30-9:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday                        7:30-9:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:
Rich Lerner (Show Host / Interviews)
Tom Abbott (Play by Play)
Jane Crafter (Analyst)
Kay Cockerill (Tower)
Phil Parkin (Tower)
Jerry Foltz (On Course)
Stephanie Sparks (On Course)
Broadcast Notes:
  • Laura Davies Mic’d Up – LPGA Tour professional Laura Davies will be fitted with a microphone during Thursday’s tournament coverage and also will be the network’s Spotlight Player.
  • Walk and Talk Featured –Jerry Foltz and Stephanie Sparks will interview players as they are walking the fairways during all four days of coverage as part of the network’s Walk and Talk feature. 
  • LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan Joins Friday Telecast – LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan is scheduled to join Rich Lerner during the network’s live coverage on Friday.
  • Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist Featured Friday – During Friday’s tournament coverage, Golf Channel will air a special feature on defending champion and Orlando resident Anna Nordqvist.
PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament
Dates: Dec. 1-6
Venue: Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Courses
Orange County National, Winter Garden, Fla.
Airtimes (Eastern):
Saturday                      1-4 p.m. (Live)
Sunday                        1-4 p.m. (Live)
Monday                       12:30-4 p.m. (Live)
Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast Team:
Brian Hammons (Play by Play)
Curt Byrum (Analyst)
Mark Lye (Tower)
Jerry Foltz (On Course – Monday)
Donna Caponi-Byrnes (On Course)
Mike Ritz (Interviews)
Broadcast Notes:
  • 25 PGA TOUR Cards on the Line: In what is commonly referred to as the toughest six days of golf, the final stage of PGA TOUR’s Q-School will feature 166 players competing in six consecutive rounds.  The top 25 will earn full playing privileges on the PGA TOUR for 2011.  Golf Channel will carry live coverage of the final three rounds.
  • Storylines Aplenty: PGA TOUR veterans Billy Mayfair, Erik Compton, Briny Baird and Will MacKenzie, former golf prodigy Ty Tryon, and Brett Waldman – Camilo Villegas’ caddie – are a few of the many storylines headlining Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage.
Nedbank Golf Challenge
Dec. 2-5
Venue: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday                     9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (TD)
Friday                          9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (TD)
Saturday                      9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (TD)
Sunday                        9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (TD)
Broadcast Notes:
  • Westwood, Els and Goosen and Oosthuizen Headline 12-Player Field: Known as Africa’s Major, the Nedbank Golf Challenge will feature an elite field of 12 players, including World No. 1 Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Retief Goosen, Edoardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Robert Allenby, Justin Rose, Ross Fisher, Tim Clark and Anders Hansen.

More coming up later.

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