WOODS, MICKELSON LEAD FIELD AS NBC SPORTS BROADCASTS COVERAGE OF DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
NBC To Present 3 of 4 Events in PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup
“Tiger always cares about winning and he cares even more when the best players in the world are assembled as they are in these events.” – NBC’s Maltbie
NEW YORK – September 2, 2009 – Tiger Woods (No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings), Phil Mickelson (No. 10), who won this event in 2007, and the defending champion Vijay Singh headline a field of 100 competing in the Deutsche Bank Championship from TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., the second of four events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. NBC Sports presents live coverage Sunday from 3-6 p.m. ET and Labor Day Monday from 2-6 p.m. ET. NBCSports.com, in partnership with PGATour.com, will offer additional coverage including highlights of every round during the rest of the playoffs.
NBC Sports is presenting three of the four playoff events — next weekend the BMW Championship from outside of Chicago as the field is cut to 70 and Sept. 26-27 with the final 30 players competing for THE TOUR Championship in Atlanta and the crowning of the third FedEx Cup champion. Tiger Woods was the inaugural FedEx Cup champion while Vijay Singh won last year.
Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller, in their 10th season together as NBC Sports’ lead golf commentators, anchor NBC’s coverage from the 18th-hole tower. Hicks and Miller are joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Bob Murphy; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper; and interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts. NBC’s coverage is produced by Tommy Roy, one of the most nominated persons in the history of the Sports Emmys.
MALTBIE ON TIGER & THE FEDEX CUP: “Tiger always cares about winning and he cares even more when the best players in the world are assembled as they are in these events.”
MALTBIE ON TIGER’s GAME: “He feels he is hitting the ball very well and I agree. He’s obviously concerned about his putting but I have never seen him putt poorly for long.”
PLAYOFFS FOR THE FEDEX CUP:
The annual FedEx Cup champion is determined by points accumulated through the regular season and, following a points reset based on final regular season standings, performance in the four tournaments that comprise the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. The Playoff events, in sequence, are the Barclays Classic in Jersey City, N.J. (won by Heath Slocum), Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston, BMW Championship near Chicago and THE TOUR Championship in Atlanta.
PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS FOR FEDEX CUP POINTS:
1. Tiger Woods, 4,381
2. Steve Stricker, 3,105
3. Heath Slocum, 2,855
4. Zach Johnson, 2,229
5. Kenny Perry, 2,075
6. Y.E. Yang, 1,869
7. Nick Watney, 1,863
8. Brian Gay, 1,844
9. Lucas Glover, 1,742
10. Phil Mickelson, 1,712