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NBC Sports Group Tournament Airtimes & Notes (Nov. 30-Dec. 3): Hero World Challenge; Australian PGA Championship; AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Woods Set to Return to Competition at Hero World Challenge with Eight of
Top-10 in the World; Airing on Golf Channel & NBC, Thursday-Sunday

Garcia, Scott & Leishman Headline Field at Australian PGA Championship,
Airing Wednesday-Saturday in Primetime on Golf Channel

Oosthuizen, Clarke Lead Field at AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2017) – Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he’ll make his first professional start since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. Eight of the top-10 players in the world are among the elite 18-man field, including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Golf Channel will carry the first two rounds on Thursday-Friday, along with early-round coverage on the weekend leading into live coverage on NBC. Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman headline the field at the Australian PGA Championship, airing Wednesday-Saturday on Golf Channel, live and in primetime. Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke lead the field at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritiues Open in an event co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours.

Hero World Challenge
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Venue: Albany Resort, Albany, Bahamas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday 12:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 12:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live) / 5-10 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern)
Saturday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-4 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon / 5-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 10-11 a.m. / 4-5 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Woods set to return: Tiger Woods will make his first competitive start this week since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. Also serving as tournament host this week, Woods returns following spinal fusion surgery earlier this year.
Elite field: The 18-man field features eight of the top-10 players in the world for the 72-hole event that features no cut.
Matsuyama defends: Hideki Matsuyama finished two shots ahead of Henrik Stenson to win last year’s event.
Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Matt Kuchar, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren and Francesco Molinari.

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Steve Sands (Golf Channel) / Terry Gannon (NBC)
Analyst: Curt Byrum (Golf Channel) / Gary Koch (NBC)
Tower: Peter Jacobsen / Todd Lewis (Weekend, Golf Channel)
On-Course: Notah Begay / Jim Mackay / Arron Oberholser (Golf Channel)
Interviews: Todd Lewis (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)


Australian PGA Championship
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Venue: RACV Royal Pines Resort (Championship Course), Gold Coast, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Friday 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Saturday 9:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Broadcast notes:
Varner defends: Harold Varner III won by two shots over Andrew Dodt to claim his first European Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Harold Varner III, Cameron Smith, Curtis Luck, Jonas Blixt, Brett Rumford, Mike Weir and Matt Jones.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Host: Jay Townsend
Play by Play: Patrick Walsh
Analyst: Wayne Grady / Ewan Porter / Grant Dodd
On-Course: Alison Whitaker / Todd Woodbridge


AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Venue: Heritage Golf Club, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1:30-3:30 a.m. / 5:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 1:30-3:30 a.m. / 5:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 3:30-7:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 3:30-7:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast notes:
Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson, George Coetzee, Scott Hend, Sam Horsfield, Gregory Havret and Darren Fichhardt.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Dom Boulet
Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Denis Hutchinson
On-Course: Dale Hayes
-NBC Sports Group-