Friday, August 29

Golf on TV: Deutsche Bank Championship, Portland Classic, Shaw Charity Classic, Italian Open

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

NBC Sports Group will provide tournament coverage of nearly 25 hours of the Deutsche Bank Championship from TPC Boston, which will contribute to the network’s more than 100 hours of live tournament and news programming of the final three FedExCup Playoffs events. Golf Channel will air early round Friday-Saturday coverage in addition to lead-in coverage on Sunday-Monday, while NBC will broadcast third and final round coverage on Sunday and Monday.

The LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic airs in primetime on Golf Channel, with Suzann Pettersen defending her 2013 title. Bernhard Langer headlines the field at the Shaw Charity Classic, the first of two consecutive events held in Canada on the Champions Tour. On the European Tour, the Italian Open will serve as the final opportunity for players to secure an automatic bid to compete on captain Paul McGinley’s European Ryder Cup team, with nine players earning a place on the team at week’s end.

DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
(PGA Tour)
Dates: Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Venue: TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 3-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m (Replay)
Monday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes On NBC (Eastern):
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Monday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Golf Channel Spotlight Coverage (Eastern):
Sunday 3-5 p.m. (Live)
Monday 1:30-5 p.m. (Live)

Event Notes

Friday start: Due to the holiday weekend with Labor Day falling on Monday, September 1, the Deutsche Bank Championship will begin on Friday, and conclude on Monday.

Stenson defends: Henrik Stenson finished two shots ahead of Steve Stricker for his third career PGA Tour victory in last year’s event, before eventually going on to win the 2013 FexExCup title and the $10 million prize.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.

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PORTLAND CLASSIC
(LPGA Tour)
Dates: August 28-31
Venue: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 7-9:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7-9:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Live)

Event Notes

Pettersen defends: Suzann Pettersen won by two shots over Stacy Lewis for her 12th career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, So Yeon Ryu, Ai Miyazato, Charley Hull, Mo Martin, Sandra Gal, Morgan Pressel and Marissa Steen.

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SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC
(Champions Tour)
Dates: August 29-31
Venue: Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, Calgary, Canada

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape Delay) / (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape Delay) / (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 9-11 p.m. (Tape Delay) / (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Event Notes

Mediate defends: Rocco Mediate finished seven shots clear of the field for his second career Champions Tour win in last year’s event.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Rocco Mediate, John Cook, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Brad Faxon and Woody Austin.

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ITALIAN OPEN
(European Tour)
Dates: August 28-31
Venue: Circolo Golf, Torino, Italy

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Saturday 7-11 a.m. (Live) Sunday 7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Event Notes

Last chance to qualify for European Ryder Cup team: This week marks the final opportunity for players to automatically qualify for the European Ryder Cup team. Nine players will earn an automatic place on the team at the conclusion of play on Sunday and captain Paul McGinley will select the final three members of his 12-man team on Tuesday, September 2, airing live on Golf Channel during Morning Drive, the network’s daily news and lifestyle program.

Quesne defends: Julien Quesne won by one shot over David Higgins and Steve Webster for his second career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Darren Clarke, George Coetzee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Stephen Gallacher, Padraig Harrington, Joost Luiten, Matteo Manassero and Edoardo Molinari.

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