From NBC Sports / The Golf Channel –
|WOODS, MCILROY AND DONALD FEATURED GROUPING IN TONIGHT’S EXPANDED LIVE COVERAGE OF ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNING AT 10:30 P.M. ET|
Westwood, Kaymer and Garcia Featured in Live, First Round Abu Dhabi Coverage Continuing 4 a.m. ET
Golf Central to Prepare Viewers for Live Tournament Action at 10 p.m. ET
Watson and Mickelson Headline Farmers Insurance Open Field at Torrey Pines Golf Course
|Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf ChampionshipDates: Jan. 25-29
Venue: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Airtimes: Wednesday 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. and 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Thursday Replay)
Friday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 8 a.m.-Noon (Replay)
Sunday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 8 a.m.-Noon (Replay)
Golf Channel Tournament Broadcast TeamSteve Burkowski (Studio Host)
Renton Laidlaw (Play-by-Play)
Warren Humphreys (Analyst)
Ken Brown (Tower)
Paul Eales (On Course)
Steve Sands (Interviews)
Broadcast Notes:· Expanded Round One Live Tournament Coverage – Live tournament coverage of the opening round at Abu Dhabi will air tonight (Wednesday) from 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. ET, and continuing from 4-8 a.m. ET. Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy will be the featured grouping during the 10:30 p.m. broadcast. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia will be the featured grouping during the 4 a.m. live broadcast.
· Expanded news coverage from Abu Dhabi – Golf Channel’s Steve Sands and Rex Hoggard will report live and on-site throughout the week at Abu Dhabi. Golf Central will air a special Pre Game show tonight (Wednesday) at 10 p.m. ET prior to live tournament coverage at 10:30 p.m. ET. Sands will contribute to the live tournament telecast in addition to daily reports for Morning Drive and Golf Central.
· Headlining the field— Former World. No. 1 Tiger Woods headlines the field in Abu Dhabi with World No. 1 Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Miguel A. Jimenez, Alvaro Quiros, Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari, Tom Lewis, Todd Hamilton and Ben Curtis.
Farmers Insurance OpenDates: Jan. 26-29
Venue: South Course, Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, Calif.
North Course, Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, Calif.
Airtimes: Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30-11:30 p.m. (CBS Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30-11:30 p.m. (CBS Replay)
Golf Channel Broadcast TeamTerry Gannon (Play-by-Play)
Nick Faldo (Analyst)
Peter Oosterhuis (Tower)
Peter Kostis (Tower)
Phil Parkin (On Course)
Todd Lewis (Interviews)
· Mickelson and Watson headline field — Defending champion Bubba Watson and San Diego native Phil Mickelson headline the field this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
· Weekend Lead-in Coverage Begins Saturday – Golf Channel will air live, weekend tournament coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday for 90 minutes. Golf Central Pre Game will deliver expanded weekend coverage with one-hour shows at Noon ET and a half hour show at 2:30 p.m. ET leading into CBS Sports live coverage.
· Headlining the Field— San Diego native Phil Mickelson, defending champion Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, Ryo Ishikawa, Keegan Bradley, Camilo Villegas, Angel Cabrera, Robert Allenby, Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Vijay Singh, Bill Haas and Jhonattan Vegas.