Thursday, January 16

Golf on TV: Humana Challenge, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and Mitsubishi Electric Championship

By Golf Channel News

The following tournament lineup, TV schedule and other information were supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

(PGA Tour)
Dates: January 16-19'
Venues: Palmer Private Course, PGA West; Nicklaus Private Course, PGA West; La Quinta Country Club (all three courses in La Quinta, Calif.)

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

Event Notes

Presidential Treatment: The Humana Challenge is one of the more unique events on TOUR, with former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation taking on a lead role throughout the week.

New Amateur Format: One of two PGA TOUR events to feature amateurs competing alongside professional golfers during the competition (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), the Humana Challenge is incorporating a change in the format from years past. Foursomes will be made up of two professionals and two amateurs, with the low six amateurs after 54 holes competing on Sunday during the final round.

Gay Defends: Brian Gay needed a 63 in the final round of last year’s event to force a playoff that he eventually won for his fourth PGA TOUR title. He looks to defend his title this week, coming off a T-32 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Headlining The Field: Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Brian Gay, Billy Horschel, John Daly and Harris English.

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(European Tour)
Dates: January 16-19
Venue: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 pm. (Replay)

Event Notes

Mickelson and McIlroy Share Spotlight: Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy headline a strong field that includes four of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Donaldson Defends: Jamie Donaldson won last year’s event by a single shot over Justin Rose and Thorbjorn Olesen and will try and defend this week.

Headlining The Field: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Matteo Manassero, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jamie Donaldson.

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(Champions Tour)
Dates: January 17-19
Venue: Hualalai Resort Golf Club, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 7-10 p.m. (Live / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)

Event Notes

Season Opener: 41 players will tee it up this week when the Champions Tour kicks off its 2014 season and the quest for the Charles Schwab Cup. The field is comprised of players having won a Champions Tour major in the previous five seasons, or any Champions Tour victory in the previous two seasons.

Cook Defends: John Cook needed to hole a 16-foot birdie putt on the final hole last year to force a playoff with David Frost, and Cook made birdie on the second playoff hole to earn the victory.

Headlining The Field: Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Kenny Perry, Rocco Mediate, Tom Lehman, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, John Cook and Mark Calcavecchia.

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