Thursday, March 30

Golf on TV: ANA Inspiration, Shell Houston Open, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic



From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 29, 2017)  The first major of the 2017 golf season kicks off on Thursday with the ANA Inspiration in southern California. Defending champion and current world No. 1 Lydia Ko leads a field that includes 28 of the top-30 players in the world. Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler lead the field at the Shell Houston Open, and are among the group of 29 players competing this week whom have received an invitation to play in the Masters next week. On the PGA TOUR Champions, Miguel Angel Jimenez is set to defend his 2016 title at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, beginning Friday.

LPGA TOUR

ANA Inspiration
Dates: March 30-April 2
Venue: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course), Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         Noon-4 p.m.; 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              Noon-4 p.m.; 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Strong field: Defending champion and world No. 1 Lydia Ko leads an elite field that encompasses 28 of the top-30 players in the world, along with six amateurs, including 14-year old Lucy Li, winner of the ANA Junior Inspiration.
Ko defends: Lydia Ko finished one shot ahead of Charley Hull and In Gee Chun to claim her 12th LPGA win.
Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, So Yeon Ryu, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng, Ha Na Jang, Inbee Park, Amy Yang, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim and Anna Nordqvist.                                                                                                                                      
PGA TOUR

Shell Houston Open
Dates: March 30-April 2
Venue: Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              4-7 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-3 p.m. (Live)

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

Broadcast Notes:
Final preparation ahead of the Masters: The field features four of the top-10 players in the world in Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler. In total, the field includes 29 of the 94 invitees to next week’s Masters.
Herman defends: Jim Herman finished one stroke ahead of Henrik Stenson to earn his first career PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Jimmy Walker, Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Dates: March 31-April 2
Venue: Fallen Oak Golf Club, Biloxi, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Jimenez defends: Miguel Angel Jimenez finished two shots ahead of Scott Dunlap to earn his third PGA TOUR Champions win.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Jose Maria Olazabal, Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelly, John Daly, Jay Haas and Woody Austin.

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