NBC Sports Kicks Off First of 33 LPGA Tour Events in 2020

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2020 will feature the most number of hours and events ever dedicated to women’s golf across NBC Sports, headlined by a global schedule of 33 LPGA Tour events that includes live coverage of four of five major championships and the biennial UL International Crown team competition.

With the addition of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, NBC Sports will produce more than 500 tournament hours of women’s golf coverage in 2020, the most hours and events ever dedicated to the women’s game in a single year.

“As we celebrate the  70th anniversary of the LPGA Tour, I can’t help but wonder what our 13 Founders would think to hear that women’s golf will see more than 500 hours of television coverage, distributed to over 160 countries,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Without GOLF Channel and NBC, our long-time and trusted partners, we would not have the opportunity to share the inspiring stories of our athletes. 2020 is going to be a record-setting year from the LPGA Tour in terms of purse, TV and Members connected to our brand. I can’t wait for our fans around the world to see it all unfold.”

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"With the LPGA Tour, four of five majors, Tokyo Olympics and the UL International Crown airing across NBC Sports, we are the television home for women's golf," said Molly Solomon, executive producer, GOLF Channel and NBC Olympics. "In 2020, we'll deliver our most hours ever dedicated to the women's game and elevate the LPGA Tour's stars as they travel the globe on this international tour."

DIAMOND RESORTS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS KICKS OFF 2020 SEASON

The 2020 LPGA Tour season kicks off Thursday in Orlando, Fla., with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America. The winner’s-only event features 26 LPGA Tour winners from the past two seasons, joined by 49 celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment. GOLF Channel will air live coverage Thursday and Friday (Noon-3 p.m. ET). Weekend coverage will air on GOLF Channel from 2-3 p.m. ET, continuing on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET.

For the second consecutive year, NBC will bookend the LPGA Tour season, beginning this week with coverage from the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and concluding in November with live coverage of the CME Group Tour Championship.

Paige Mackenzie will serve as lead analyst for live tournament coverage of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, joined by Grant Boone as play-by-play host. Tom Abbott will serve as a hole announcer with Jerry Foltz and Karen Stupples reporting from the course. Damon Hack will conduct interviews with celebrities and players during the tournament telecasts.

FOUR OF FIVE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2020 SUMMER OLYMPICS AND UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN HEADLINE SUMMER STRETCH

NBC Sports Group will air coverage from 33 LPGA Tour events in 2020, headlined by live coverage of four of the five major championships: the ANA Inspiration (March 30-April 5); the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 25-28); The Evian Championship (July 22-26); and the AIG Women’s British Open (Aug. 20-23).

In August, women’s golf will take center stage across NBC Sports during a four-week stretch featuring the Summer Olympics, AIG Women’s British Open and UL International Crown. Kicking off August will be the return of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The world’s top players will convene upon Kasumigaseki Country Club, with GOLF Channel and NBC airing comprehensive coverage of the women’s golf competition, Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 5-8. The LPGA Tour will then head to Scotland for two weeks, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the AIG Women’s British Open – the latter taking place at historic Royal Troon Golf Club – culminating with the biennial UL International Crown team competition taking place in England.

HALL-OF-FAMER JUDY RANKIN RETURNS FOR 10TH SEASON AS GOLF CHANNEL ANALYST; 36TH YEAR IN TELEVISION

Hall-of-Famer and 26-time LPGA Tour winner Judy Rankin returns for her 10th season as GOLF Channel’s lead LPGA Tour analyst, and 36th season overall in television. Rankin will join play-by-play host Grant Boone at the newly minted Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan. 23-26), taking place in Boca Raton, Fla., her first of 13 events in the broadcast booth.

Stupples and Mackenzie will rotate with Rankin as lead LPGA Tour analysts in 2020. Boone, Terry Gannon and Whit Watson will serve as play-by-play hosts, joined by Tom Abbott, Kay Cockerill, Foltz, and Jim Gallagher, Jr as hole announcers and course reporters throughout the season.

NCAA WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AND AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR SHOWCASE FUTURE STARS OF WOMEN’S GOLF

Also in 2020, GOLF Channel and NBC will shine a spotlight on women’s golf future stars with live coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships (May 25-28) from Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the second- annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur, taking place at historic Augusta National Golf Club (April 1-4).

NBC Sports Group 2020 LPGA Tour Schedule

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Jan. 16-19

GOLF/NBC

Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio

Jan. 23-26

GOLF

ISPS Handa Vic Open

Feb. 5-8

GOLF

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

Feb. 12-15

GOLF

Honda LPGA Thailand

Feb. 19-22

GOLF

HSBC Women's World Championship

Feb. 26-29

GOLF

Blue Bay LPGA

March 4-8

GOLF

Founders Cup

March 19-22

GOLF

Kia Classic

March 26-29

GOLF

ANA Inspiration

April 2-5

GOLF

LOTTE Championship

April 15-18

GOLF

HUGEL-AIR Premia LA Open

April 23-26

GOLF

LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

April 30-May 3

GOLF

Pelican Women's Championship

May 14-17

GOLF

Pure Silk Championship

May 21-24

GOLF

ShopRite LPGA Classic

May 29-31

GOLF

Meijer LPGA Classic

June 11-14

GOLF

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

June 19-21

GOLF

KPMG Women's PGA Championship

June 25-28

GOLF/NBC

Marathon Classic

July 9-11

GOLF

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

July 15-17

GOLF

Evian Championship

July 23-26

GOLF/CNBC

Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open

Aug. 13-16

GOLF

AIG Women's British Open

Aug. 20-23

GOLF/NBC

UL International Crown

Aug. 27-30

GOLF

CP Women's Open

Sept. 3-6

GOLF

Cambia Portland Classic

Sept. 10-13

GOLF

Volunteers of America Classic

Oct. 1-4

GOLF

Buick LPGA Shanghai

Oct. 15-18

GOLF

BMW Ladies Championship

Oct. 22-25

GOLF

Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA

Oct. 29-Nov. 1

GOLF

TOTO Japan Classic

Nov. 5-7

GOLF

CME Group Tour Championship

Nov. 19-22

GOLF/NBC

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