DAYTONA BEACH / ORLANDO, Fla. -- The LPGA's newest major, the Evian Championship, will feature network coverage on NBC, the LPGA and NBC Sports Group announced. In total, more than 20 hours of tournament coverage will air on Golf Channel and NBC on the newly redesigned Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-Les-Bains, France, Sept. 12-15. On the heels of a multi-million golf course renovation, the Evian Championship debuts as the LPGA's fifth major.
"As the LPGA's global fanbase continues to grow, it is imperative for our Tour to be on network television in the United States multiple times each year," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "NBC's final round coverage of the Evian will be a great opportunity to reach fans who might not otherwise tune into the LPGA."
"Together, the LPGA and NBC Sports are further showcasing the women's game with coverage on NBC of this year's final major, the Evian Championship," said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. "With the world's best players converging upon picturesque Evian Resort Golf Club and Inbee Park looking to become the first professional in history to win four major championships in the same year, the Evian Championship will make for captivating television."
Each of the first three rounds of the Evian Championship will feature five hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel - 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday (Sept. 12-13) and 6-11 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 14). Final round coverage on Sunday, Sept. 15 will air on Golf Channel from 8:30 a.m.-Noon ET and will conclude on NBC from Noon-1:30 p.m. ET.
Terry Gannon and Hall-of-Famer Judy Rankin will anchor NBC Sports Group's tournament coverage from Evian Resort Golf Club.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About Golf Channel
As the fastest-growing network on television, Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. As part of the NBC Sports Group, professional golf coverage on NBC is branded "Golf Channel on NBC," further extending the Golf Channel brand to NBC's broadcast audiences. Exclusive partnerships with the world's top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf's best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel's digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.
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