Golf News for Friday, March 1, 2013 | Media

Golf Channel's spotlight coverage at Honda Classic to capture one of the toughest three-hole stretches in golf, 'The Bear Trap'

ORLANDO, Fla. -- NBC Sports Group’s tournament coverage of The Honda Classic this weekend will feature the return of Golf Channel’s Spotlight coverage, featuring live action of players navigating traditionally one of the toughest three-hole stretches in golf -- “The Bear Trap” -- and complementing NBC’s award-winning traditional coverage.

While NBC is on the air live from 3-6 p.m. ET this weekend with traditional coverage, Golf Channel also will be on the air live, but focusing on ‘The Bear Trap,’ the challenging signature stretch of holes encompassing Nos. 15-17 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA National Champion Course. Golf Channel’s Spotlight coverage will conclude at 5 p.m. ET each day, when viewers will be directed to the final hour of NBC’s third- and final-round coverage. Spotlight coverage made its Golf Channel debut at the 2012 Honda Classic.

The Spotlight coverage on-air team includes Ted Robinson, who will be making his Golf Channel debut, handling play-by-play responsibilities. Robinson, an Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, has served as play-by-play host for NBC’s and USA Network’s tennis coverage for more than 20 years, has covered eight Olympic Games and, currently, is the radio voice of the San Francisco 49ers. Joining Robinson will be Curt Byrum as lead analyst, Tom Abbott as tower analyst, and Scott McCarron and Phil Parkin reporting from the course. Todd Lewis will conduct post-round interviews.

NBC’s production, which will be overseen by Emmy Award-winning producer Tommy Roy, will operate side-by-side with Golf Channel’s Spotlight production unit led by producer Keith Hirshland.

HONDA CLASSIC – LIVE TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES:
Thursday 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)
Friday 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
Saturday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight coverage)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight coverage)