Golf News for Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Media

Major champions, Hall of Famers, Ryder Cup Captains highlight field at 2013 Senior PGA Championship on Golf Channel, NBC

ORLANDO, Fla. -- NBC Sports Group will air 12 live hours of the first major championship of the 2013 senior golf season and the oldest event on the Champions Tour -- the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid -- headlined by an international field of major champions, Hall of Famers and Ryder Cup captains. Golf Channel will air the opening rounds Thursday and Friday from Noon-3 p.m. ET, followed by weekend coverage on NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET.

The star-studded international field includes Hall of Famers and Ryder Cup Captains Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins; fellow Ryder Cup Captains Hal Sutton, Mark James and Ian Woosnam; and major champions Mark Brooks, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington, Larry Mize, Andy North, Mark O’Meara, Jerry Pate, Scott Simpson, Jeff Sluman, Bob Tway and 2012 defending champion Roger Chapman.

Host Dave Marr III and analyst Gary Koch will anchor Golf Channel’s early round coverage, with Dan Hicks assuming play-by-play duties alongside Koch on Saturday and Sunday. They will be joined all four rounds by tower reporter Mark Rolfing, course reporters Roger Maltbie and Curt Byrum, and interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts. Marr also will report throughout the week for GOLF CENTRAL, Golf Channel’s daily news program.

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the Senior PGA Championship will be streamed live via TV Everywhere across Golf Channel and NBC’s digital platforms on desktop, mobile and tablets. Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, DISH, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and a number of regional providers are currently offering this service to their customers. Golf Live Extra is available online at GolfChannel.com.

The 74th edition of the Senior PGA Championship will be contested for the first time at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Bellerive becomes the third course, along with Oak Hill Country Club and Canterbury Golf Club, to host a U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship.

Golf Channel and NBC Airtimes

Thursday Noon-3 p.m. ET (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Replay) – Golf Channel

Friday Noon-3 p.m. ET (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Replay) – Golf Channel

Saturday 3-6 p.m. ET (Live) – NBC

Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (Live) – NBC