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NBC and Golf Channel will broadcast 150 hours devoted to THE PLAYERS Championship

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By Travis Duncan

A fifth major? Not quite, although THE PLAYERS Championship has the highest total purse at $12.5 million dollars in Golf, it’s not a major. But it’s a pretty big deal due to the field which includes every top golfer in the world.

As expected the Golf Channel and NBC are going all in on coverage.

Between NBC and the Golf Channel, the two networks will have 22 hours of live tournament coverage and 150 total hours devoted to the tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The goal in moving THE PLAYERS from May to March is to spread the Championship calendar around a little, with the Masters in April, the PGA Championship in May, U.S. Open in June, and The Open (also known as the British Open in some circles) in July.

With some early season excitement in February with bigger profile names committing to tournaments in California, the American Pro Golf Calendar can viably extend from February to August when the Tour Championship takes place. Technically the PGA Tour schedule extends October to September.

Here is the schedule for THE PLAYERS on NBC and Golf Channel:

Thursday, March 14

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                  7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (First Round)                      1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Friday, March 15

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                   7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (Second Round)                  1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Saturday, March 16

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                   8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (Third Round)                     2-7 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, March 17

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                   8 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (Final Round)                      1-6 p.m. (NBC)

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