Wednesday, July 30

Golf on TV: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Barracuda Championship, 3M Championship

The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy headline the field at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, where Woods defends as an eight-time champion. Golf Channel will air live, primetime coverage of all four rounds of the Barracuda Championship (Reno-Tahoe Open formerly), while Paul Goydos makes his Champions Tour debut at the 3M Championship in Minnesota.

WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
(PGA Tour)
Dates: July 31 – August 3
Venue: Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

On CBS (Eastern):
Saturday 2-6 p.m.
Sunday 2-6 p.m.

Event Notes

Rory returns after Open triumph: Two weeks removed from winning his third career major in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Rory McIlroy returns to competition this week at Firestone.

Woods defends: Tiger Woods collected his fifth victory of the season here in 2013, winning in commanding fashion and finishing seven shots clear from the field. Woods set a new course record with a second-round 61, equaling his lowest-round-ever on the PGA Tour.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Jason Day.

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BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP
(PGA Tour)
Dates: July 31 – August 3
Venue: Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nev.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)

Event Notes

PGA Championship exemption up for grabs: The winner of the Barracuda Championship will receive an exemption into next week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

Headlining the field: Nick Watney, Johnson Wagner, Aaron Baddeley, Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Brendan Steele, John Daly and David Duval.

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3M CHAMPIONSHIP
(Champions Tour)
Dates: August 1 – 3
Venue: TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-5:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Event Notes

Goydos to make Champions Tour debut: Two-time PGA Tour winner Paul Goydos turned 50 on June 20 and will make his Champions Tour debut this week.

Greats of Golf Competition: Saturday’s second-round coverage of the 3M Championship will feature a competition with several legends of the game participating including: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley.

Major field: Winners of all five Champions Tour majors this season are in the field this week: Bernhard Langer (Senior PLAYERS, Senior British Open), Colin Montgomerie (Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open), and Kenny Perry (Regions Tradition).

Pernice Jr. defends: Tom Pernice Jr. birdied his final two holes during last year’s final round to defeat Cory Pavin and Jeff Sluman by one stroke for his second career Champions Tour victory. Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Nick Price, John Cook, Jay Haas, Russ Cochran, Paul Goydos and Tom Pernice Jr.

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