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NBC SPORTS’ PGA TOUR COVERAGE TRAVELS TO TEXAS FOR WEEKEND COVERAGE OF SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
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“The gold standard of golf broadcasting.” – Examiner Newspapers on NBC Sports
“Excellent eavesdropping of players conversations with caddies.” – USA Today
“NBC is doing a nice job of keeping quiet and letting the player and caddie tell the story.” – Golf.com
NEW YORK – April 1, 2009 – Phil Mickelson headlines the field as NBC Sports tees up its sixth straight week of PGA TOUR broadcast coverage at the Shell Houston Open from Redstone Golf Club in Houston, Texas, Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET and Sunday starting at 3 p.m. ET, presented in high definition.
Mickelson, coming off a victory at Doral, will be challenged by Vijay Singh, a three-time winner of the event; Fred Couples, the 2003 champion; Sergio Garcia; Camilo Villegas; and Greg Norman.
Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller, in their 10th season together as NBC Sports’ lead golf announcers, will anchor the coverage from the 18th hole tower. They are joined by tower reporter Gary Koch; course reporters Roger Maltbie and Dottie Pepper; and interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts. NBC’s golf coverage is produced by Tommy Roy.
“This course is set up very similar to Augusta,” said Maltbie. “The fairway and rough are cut to similar lengths, the greens are the same speed, so in addition to being a great test of golf, it will be a very good prep for Augusta.”
Following a five-week hiatus, NBC’s coverage of the PGA TOUR returns with THE PLAYERS, golf’s fifth major, May 9-10.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT NBC’S GOLF COVERAGE:
USA Today: “With avid golfer Tommy Roy as producer, NBC seems to capture more of the beyond-the-obvious nuances of the game…The most thorough coverage in golf.”
St. Petersburg Times: “Spending a weekend afternoon watching golf on NBC is always a pleasure…It’s clear that NBC has the best golf coverage.”
Golf World: “Two of the best things a television network can provide its viewers are honest debate and the ability to take the audience to a place it normally can’t go. NBC delivered royally on both counts.” (2009, WGC-CA Championship at Doral)
USA Today: “Excellent eavesdropping of players conversations with caddies.”
Golf.com: “NBC is doing a nice job of keeping quiet and letting the player and caddie tell the story.”
Sports Illustrated: “NBC is doing all the innovating at the moment…the commentary is definitely sharper on NBC…the pictures NBC had (at Bay Hill), these are images that can stay with you for years.”
ON JOHNNY MILLER:
Golf Digest: “The dominant voice in golf.”
LA Times: “Doesn’t just sound like an expert, he is one.”
NY Post: “Unquestionably golf’s best analyst.”
USA Today: “The best color analyst in golf, if not all sports TV.”
NY Times: “The Simon Cowell of golf.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Combines expertise, fearlessness and humor — might be the best sports announcer working today.”
Vijay Singh: “Miller knows what goes through our heads. A lot of times we just don’t want to hear it.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “He interacts with Roger Maltbie (aka, The Course Whisperer) as though they are at a backyard BBQ.”
ON MILLER AND DAN HICKS:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Golf’s best announcing team.”
Sports Illustrated: “A very nimble anchor.”
USA Today: “Smooth and underrated. The perfect complement to Johnny Miller.”
LA Times: “Few are smoother than Hicks.”
LA Times: “Has a ringmasters job and handles it with ease.”
Golf Digest: “A combination of a player’s feel and a critic’s discerning eye.”
ON DOTTIE PEPPER:
NY Post: “Strong, well-informed, direct, concise, not to shy to speak non-pandering, been-there opinion.”
St. Petersburg Times: “There are no better golf analysts on TV than Johnny Miller and Dottie Miller.”
Palm Beach Post: “Genuine emotion by a knowledgeable player. Golf needs a dose of passion, not just whispered euphemism.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF NBC’S 2009 GOLF SCHEDULE: NBC’s 2009 PGA TOUR coverage is highlighted by two World Golf Championship events, THE PLAYERS, and three of the four season-ending events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup, including The TOUR Championship. NBC also broadcasts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and Presidents Cup.
Remaining schedule (all times ET):
Shell Houston Open – Houston, Texas
Saturday, April 4 1–5 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 3–6 p.m.
THE PLAYERS – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Saturday, May 9 2–7 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 2–7 p.m.
Senior PGA Championship – Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday, May 23 Noon-3 p.m.
Sunday, May 24 Noon–3 p.m.
U.S. Open Championship – Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y.
Thursday, June 18 3–5 p.m.
Friday, June 19 3–5 p.m.
Saturday, June 20 2–8 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 1:30–7:30 p.m.
U.S. Women’s Open Championship – Bethlehem, Pa.
Saturday, July 11 3–6 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 3–6 p.m.
U.S. Senior Open Championship – Carmel, Ind.
Saturday, August 1 3–6 p.m.
Sunday, August 2 3–6 p.m.
Deutsche Bank Championship – Norton, Mass.
Sunday, September 6 3–6 p.m.
Monday, September 7 3–7 p.m.
BMW Championship – Chicago, Ill.
Saturday, September 12 3–6 p.m.
Sunday, September 13 2–6 p.m.
Samsung World Championship – Palm Desert, Calif.
Saturday, September 19 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20 4-6 p.m.
The TOUR Championship – Atlanta, Ga.
Saturday, September 26 2–6 p.m.
Sunday, September 27 1:30–6 p.m.
Senior Players Championship – Baltimore, Md.
Saturday, October 3 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 4 4-6 p.m.
Presidents Cup – San Francisco, Calif.
Saturday, October 10 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 11 Noon – 6 p.m.
Merrill Lynch Shootout – Naples, Fla.
Saturday, December 12 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 3-6 p.m.
Chevron World Challenge – Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Saturday, December 19 3-6 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 3-6 p.m.
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