By Golf Channel Communications
Golf will return as an Olympic sport this week for the first time since 1904, when the men’s Olympics golf competition gets underway Thursday from the newly constructed Olympic Golf Course in Rio. The field of 60 players represent 34 different nations across six continents, featuring Americans Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar, along with Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Danny Willett (Great Britain), Sergio Garcia (Spain) and Emiliano Grillo (Argentina).
Men's Olympic Golf Competition
Dates: August 11-14
Venue: Olympic Golf Course, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (Replay)
Golf makes historic return to the Olympics: Golf's return to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years also marks a milestone for Golf Channel, becoming the first single-sport cable network to provide live coverage of its sport's Olympic competition. Golf Channel will feature more than 130 live hours of Olympics programming, and nearly 300 hours in total. Similar to NBC Sports' all-encompassing coverage of marquee events like the Ryder Cup, NBC Olympics' live coverage of the men's and women's competitions in Rio will begin with the opening tee shot and continue until the medals are awarded. NBC will feature live look-ins, highlights and updates on the golf competition throughout the Games. All Olympic competition, including golf, will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports Live Extra app (powered by Playmaker Media), both of which require authentication.
Format: The Olympic golf competition will consist of 60 players on both the men's and women's (August 17-20) side, competing in a 72-hole stroke play competition based on world golf rankings. The top-15 players in the official world golf rankings are eligible, with a maximum of four players allowed from a given nation. Outside of the top-15, each nation is allowed a maximum of two players (based on world ranking). If a country has already qualified two or more players within the top-15, additional athletes are not eligible.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Bubba Watson (United States), Rickie Fowler (United States), Danny Willett (Great Britain), Patrick Reed (United States), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Matt Kuchar (United States) and Emiliano Grillo (Argentina).
NBC Olympics Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Terry Gannon / Steve Sands
Analyst: Johnny Miller / Nick Faldo
Tower: David Feherty / Peter Jacobsen
On Course: Roger Maltbie / Curt Byrum / David Feherty
Interviews: Todd Lewis