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PGA TOUR SONY OPEN LIVE IN PRIMETIME THIS WEEK FROM HONOLULU ON GOLF CHANNEL

PGA TOUR Hawaii Swing Continues This Week at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu

Golf Today and Golf Central Provide Wraparound Tournament Coverage Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel

Broadcast Team: Steve Sands, Justin Leonard, Mark Rolfing, Jim “Bones” Mackay, John Wood, Todd Lewis

GOLF Channel and NBC Deliver Most-Watched PGA TOUR Sentry Tournament of Champions Since 2017

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 13, 2021 – The PGA TOUR continues its Hawaii swing with the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, live in primetime Thursday-Sunday on GOLF Channel. The first full-field PGA TOUR event of the year features Sentry Tournament of Champions winner Harris English attempting to join Justin Thomas and Ernie Els as the players to win both events in Hawaii in the same year since 1999.

Last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions on GOLF Channel and NBC was the most-watched edition of the event since 2017, averaging 477,000 viewers across the two networks, up 4% vs. 2020 (457,000 viewers). Additional Sentry Tournament of Champions viewership highlights:

  • Most-watched First and Third Rounds on GOLF Channel since 2018
  • Most-watched Second Round on GOLF Channel since 2016
  • Final Round on GOLF Channel/NBC up 12% vs. comparable Third Round on GOLF Channel/NBC last year.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team – Sony Open

  • Play by Play: Steve Sands
  • Analyst: Justin Leonard
  • Tower: Mark Rolfing
  • On-Course: Jim “Bones” Mackay / John Wood
  • Interviews: Todd Lewis

HOW TO WATCH – THURSDAY, JAN. 14 – SUNDAY, JAN. 17

  • TV – GOLF Channel
  • Streaming – NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
Date GOLF Channel
Thursday 7–10:30 p.m.
Friday 7–10:30 p.m.
Saturday 7–10:30 p.m.
Sunday 6–10 p.m.

*All times Eastern

NOTABLES PLAYERS THIS WEEK

  • Adam Scott
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Harris English
  • Jim Furyk
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Webb Simpson
  • Zach Johnson
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Sungjae Im

BROADCAST NOTES

  • Aloha State of Mind: The Sony Open marks the first full-field PGA TOUR event of the year. Sentry Tournament of Champions winner Harris English attempts to join Justin Thomas (2017) and Ernie Els (2003) as the players to win both events in Hawaii in the same year since 1999.
  • Smith defends: Cameron Smith defeated Brendan Steele in a playoff to earn his second career PGA TOUR victory at the 2020 Sony Open.
  • Golf Today and Golf Central: Golf Today and Golf Central will provide pre-and post-tournament coverage on GOLF Channel Thursday-Sunday. Shane Bacon and Damon Hack anchor Wednesday-Sunday editions of Golf Today. Cara Banks, Brandel Chamblee and Jaime Diaz contribute to Golf Central pre- and post-round coverage this week.
Date Golf Today Golf Central
Thursday 4-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m./10:30-11:30 p.m.
Friday 4-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m./10:30-11:30 p.m.
Saturday 4-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m./10:30-11:30 p.m.
Sunday 3-5 p.m. 5-6 p.m./10-11 p.m.

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