ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the U.S. and International Teams battle for the prestigious Presidents Cup in San Francisco next week, Golf Channel will take viewers inside the ropes for all of the action at Harding Park Golf Course, combining exclusive early round, live tournament coverage with Live From The Presidents Cup wrap-around news coverage, totaling 30 hours of live Presidents Cup programming.
2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger will join European captain and Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo in the broadcast booth, with Brian Hammons and Kelly Tilghman handling play by play. Eleven hours of live tournament coverage will be televised in HD, Thursday (3-8 p.m. ET) and Friday (2-8 p.m. ET). Prime-time replays will air at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The broadcast team also will include Gary Koch and Jimmy Roberts from on-course towers, Mark Rolfing, Dottie Pepper and Roger Maltbie reporting from the course and Jim Gray and Steve Sands conducting interviews with the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.
Golf Channel's signature production elements will be on display during tournament coverage, featuring the Emmy Award-winning Mutual of Omaha Putting Line powered by Aimpoint, a graphics technology that predicts the break of a putt and suggests where a player must aim to hole out; TrackMan, the virtual technology that visually demonstrates the path of a golf shot; and Inside View presented by Citi, an enhancement that allows fans to listen to strategic conversations between a player and a caddie on various tee boxes.
Complementing live action will be Live From The Presidents Cup, the network's signature news show that will deliver live news reports, authoritative analysis and compelling features from a variety of angles. Coverage begins Tuesday (4:30 p.m. ET) and Wednesday (4 p.m. ET) with pre-tournament news conferences, followed by the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Live From The Presidents Cup will offer wrap-around news shows Thursday - Sunday before and after live network coverage, with prime-time and late-night Live From shows re-airing the following mornings. GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell also will contribute to the Web site's popular Shag Bag blog and will post daily columns and features from Harding Park Golf Course.
The network's Live From The Presidents Cup team will include Kraig Kann, Kelly Tilghman, Brian Hammons, Brandel Chamblee, Jim Gray, Steve Sands Dottie Pepper and Mark Rolfing reporting from San Francisco, joined by Vince Cellini, Charlie Rymer, Scott Walker, Inga Hammond, Rich Lerner and Todd Lewis from Golf Channel's Orlando studios. Golf Channel analyst and 2009 International Team assistant captain Frank Nobilo is scheduled to join the live telecast and Live From The Presidents Cup throughout the week for insight, and Golf Channel's Tom Abbott will report live from Copenhagen on Friday (Oct. 9) when the IOC will announce its decision whether golf will be added as an Olympic sport for the 2016 Olympic Games.
GOLF CHANNEL / The Presidents Cup Coverage (All Times Eastern):
· Live From The Presidents Cup (News Conferences) 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup (News Conferences) 4 - 7 p.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup (Opening Ceremony) 7 - 9 p.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 1 - 3 p.m.
· The Presidents Cup (Day 1) 3 - 8 p.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 8 - 8:30 p.m.
· The Presidents Cup (Day 1 re-air) 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 1:30 - 3:30 a.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 1 - 2 p.m.
· The Presidents Cup (Day 2) 2 - 8 p.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 8 - 8:30 p.m.
· The Presidents Cup (Day 2 re-air) 8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 2:30 - 4 a.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 9 - 11 p.m.
· Live From The Presidents Cup 6 - 8 p.m.
About GOLF CHANNEL:
Golf Channel(www.GolfChannel.com), co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Golf Channel features a programming schedule that includes more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as news, instruction and original productions. In addition to more than 40 PGA TOUR events and at least 15 European Tour events per year, Golf Channel also televises a generous schedule of events from the LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. In 2009, more than 2,100 hours will air in high definition, including tournaments and all-new original series, highlighted by marquee events like The Presidents Cup and The Solheim Cup. Also featured is a generous mix of other competition from the USGA and PGA of America. Beginning in 2010, Golf Channel will be the exclusive television or cable home of all the world's major tours.
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