Thursday, December 5

Golf on TV: Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Hong Kong Open

By Golf Channel News

The following tournament lineup, TV schedule and other information were supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL WORLD CHALLENGE
Dates: December 5-8
Venue: Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern):
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Event Notes

Sherwood Sendoff: This week is the 14th and final year that Sherwood Country Club will host the event, as it moves to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla. next December, replacing the inter-club Tavistock Cup. Players competing will receive Official World Golf Ranking points.

Strongest Field Ever: This year’s event is arguably the strongest to date, with each of the 18 players ranked in the top-30 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Headlining the Field: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas.

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NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE
Dates: December 5-8
Venue: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 6:30-8 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 6:30-8 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay) / 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Event Notes

Limited Field: The limited field increases from 12 players last year to 30 this week, along with an increased purse of $6.5 million versus $5 million in 2012. This week also marks the first time that the Nedbank Golf Challenge will be played as an official money event on both the European and Sunshine Tours.

Going to Great Lengths: The par-72 Gary Player Country Club features one of the longest tests in European Tour history at 7,831 yards.

Headlining the Field: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Matteo Manassero, Gary Woodland and D.A. Points.

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HONG KONG OPEN
Dates: December 5-8
Venue: Hong Kong Golf Club (Composite Course), Fanling, Hong Kong

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Friday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Saturday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Sunday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Replay)

Event Notes

Jimenez Defends: Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history at last year’s Hong Kong Open at the age of 48 years, 10 months and will look to break that record again this week.

Historic Setting: Hong Kong Golf Club hosts the event for the 55th consecutive time and serves as one of the oldest golf establishments outside of the British Isles, having been founded in 1889.

Headlining the Field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Guan Tianlang (a), John Daly, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Chopra, Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Levet and Jeev Milkha Singh.

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