Thursday, October 16

Golf on TV: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Volvo World Match Play Championship, Greater Hickory Kia Classic, LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, Hong Kong Open

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

Reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel returns for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Along with Horschel, Webb Simpson headlines the field as the defending champion after finishing six shots clear of the field last year.

On the European Tour, seven of the 16 players competing in the Volvo World Match Play Championship this week participated in last month’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is the second-to-last event on the Champions Tour schedule prior to the season-culminating Schwab Cup Championship. Michelle Wie and Inbee Park headline the field at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea. Miguel Angel Jimenez will attempt to win the Hong Kong Open for a third consecutive year.

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PGA TOUR

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Dates: Oct. 16-19
Venue: TPC Summerlin Course, Las Vegas, Nev.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Event Notes

Simpson defends: Webb Simpson finished six shots clear of the field in 2013, earning his fourth PGA TOUR victory in the process.

Headlining the field: Billy Horschel, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Sang-Moon Bae, Erik Compton, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney and Jarrod Lyle.

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Volvo World Match Play Championship
Dates: Oct. 15-19
Venue: London Golf Club, Kent, England

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Thursday         6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            3-7 a.m. / 7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Event Notes

Tournament format: The 16-player field is split into four groups of four, each person competing against the other three players in their “pod” over the course of the first three days. The top two players from each pod will advance to the quarterfinal matches on Saturday, and the semifinal and championship matches will be contested on Sunday.

McDowell defends: Graeme McDowell defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the championship match at last year’s event in Bulgaria for his eighth career European Tour win.

Tournament field: Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Paul Casey, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Pablo Larrzazabal, Alexander Levy, Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Henrik Stenson.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn
Dates: Oct. 17-19
Venue: Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          2:30-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Event Notes

Allen defends: Last year, Michael Allen outlasted Olin Browne on the first playoff hole to earn his fifth career Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Kirk Triplett, Corey Pavin, John Cook, Rocco Mediate, Mark Calcavecchia, David Frost, Jay Haas, Fred Funk and Lee Janzen.

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LPGA TOUR

LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship
Dates: Oct. 15-18
Venue: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course), Incheon, South Korea

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Thursday         11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)  
Friday              11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Event Notes

Change in tournament format: This week is the first time that the event will be contested as a 72-hole event, as it was previously played as a 54-hole event. The field is made up of 78 players with no cut.

Yang defends: Amy Yang defeated Hee Kyung Seo with a birdie on the first playoff hole for her first LPGA Tour victory in last year’s event.

Headlining the field: Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Lydia Ko, Na Yeon Choi, Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, Paula Creamer, Anna Nordqvist and Amy Yang.

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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR

Hong Kong Open
Dates: Oct. 16-19
Venue: Hong Kong Golf Club, New Territories Fanling, Hong Kong

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday              11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday          11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday            11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)

Event Notes

Jimenez goes for Hong Kong Open-triple: Miguel Angel Jimenez outlasted Stuart Manley and Prom Meesawat with a birdie on the first playoff hole to successfully defend his title, earning his 20th career European Tour victory in the process, and breaking his pre-existing record as the oldest champion in European Tour history.

Headlining the fieldErnie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rich Beem, Y.E. Yang, Peter Uihlein, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thomas Levet, David Lipsky and Tom Lewis.

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