via press release:
NBC SPORTS BEGINS 21.5 HOURS OF FEDEXCUP COVERAGE WITH DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SUNDAY & MONDAY
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson & Matt Kuchar Among Top 100 Players Competing
NBC Sports “showed its golf coverage is the best of any network” - St. Petersburg Times
NEW YORK – September 2, 2010 – NBC Sports presents the first of its three FedExCup events with live third- and final-round coverage of the Deutsche Bank Championship from TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., this Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET, and Labor Day Monday, 2-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports will broadcast 21.5 hours of coverage of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. In addition to the Deutsche Bank Championship, NBC Sports will present the BMW Championship and THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola later this month.
Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller, in their 11th season together as NBC Sports’ lead golf team, anchor coverage from the 18th-hole tower, and are joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Brad Faxon, a nearby Rhode Island resident; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper.
The Top 100 players in the world this year, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and current FedExCup points leader Matt Kuchar, will compete this weekend for a chance to advance in the FedExCup playoffs. Only the Top 70 players in FedExCup points will move on to next week’s BMW Championship. For current FedExCup standings, click here: http://www.pgatour.com/r/stats/info/?02395
Additional pressure exists this weekend for players attempting to impress Ryder Cup Team USA captain Corey Pavin, who on Tuesday will choose his four captains picks and finalize the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team. For more information on the 2010 Ryder Cup, click here: http://www.rydercup.com/2010/usa/
FAXON ON TPC BOSTON: “This course is close to my home and I play it quite a bit. It’s in fantastic shape, the best condition I’ve ever seen it. It has the best greens I’ve seen all year. They are quick and firm. A variety of players can do well here. It doesn’t favor one type of player. There are some long Par 4s, but just being long isn’t going to win here.”
ROLFING ON FEDEXCUP: “The FedExCup tournaments are totally different because you have players making calculations that you normally never see them make. It all relates to the points and what they need to do to advance. Normally, you never have to calculate the implications of finishing in 51st place, for example. There’s a different mentally to these tournaments and it makes things really interesting.”
For more information on the FedExCup, click here: http://www.pgatour.com/fedexcup/playoffs-primer/index.html
NBC SPORTS’ FEDEXCUP SCHEDULE: The Deutsche Bank Championship is the first of three consecutive FedExCup Playoff events broadcast by NBC Sports. On September 11-12, NBC Sports broadcasts the BMW Championship from Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., The final FedExCup event and the culmination of the 2010 PGA TOUR season, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola, takes place the weekend of September 25-26 in Atlanta from East Lake Golf Club. (all times ET):
Deutsche Bank Championship – Norton, Mass.
Sunday, September 5 3–6 p.m.
Monday, September 6 2–6 p.m.
BMW Championship – Lemont, Ill.
Saturday, September 11 12-3 p.m.
Sunday, September 12 2–6 p.m.
The Tour Championship presented by Coca Cola – Atlanta, Ga.
Saturday, September 25 12-3 p.m.
Sunday, September 26 1:30–6 p.m.
THE RYDER CUP: NBC Sports will broadcast 16 hours of coverage of the 2010 Ryder Cup from The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales on Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3.
2010 Ryder Cup – Newport, South Wales
Saturday, October 2 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
GLOBAL GOLF ADVENTURE RETURNS SUNDAY
Episode Features Candid Reflections from U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell and a Dramatic Recap of the Final Round
NBC Sports presents an exciting new episode of Global Golf Adventure, a groundbreaking first-of-its kind golf, travel and adventure show produced and hosted by NBC Sports golf personality Mark Rolfing this Sunday, Sept 5th at 2:30 p.m. ET immediately prior to the network’s live third-round coverage of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The fourth installment of the Global Golf Adventure series features the final round of this year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and a fascinating interview with champion Graeme McDowell discussing his triumphant victory. Rolfing recaps how the captivating final round unfolded, the key moments, and how McDowell prevailed to capture his first major championship.
“The impression I had on June 20 was that it was really one of the strangest days I've ever seen in golf,” says Rolfing, who has been a broadcaster for 25 years. “I was just so captivated by that one final day at Pebble Beach, it all went by so fast to me. I wanted to figure out how to capture that day.”
“To re-live those few days in detail, and to do so with someone as knowledgeable in the world of golf as Mark, was extremely enjoyable,” said McDowell. “My win at Pebble was the most amazing week of my career, anexperience, and one I will never get tired of re-living. It really was a fun interview for me, so I am looking forward to seeing the end product. Something tells me it is a show that I am going to record, and re-watch it again, again, and again.”
Continental Airlines is the presenting sponsor of Global Golf Adventure, which is also sponsored by FedEx, Michelin and The Villages. NBC’s Mark Rolfing travels with Global Golf Adventure, to exciting locations worldwide, showcasing unique global golf and travel destinations. Four 30-minute programs air prior to NBC’s live third round golf tournament coverage and include interviews with pro golfers and notable personalities familiar with the episode's location, as well as instructional segments and travel adventures.