NBC Sports Group will tee off its coverage of Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the initial event of the 2013 PGA season, with primetime presentations on Golf Channel and the event’s return to broadcast for the first times since the late 1990s.
Scheduled as a Friday through Monday tournament from Jan. 4-7, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will be held at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui. Together NBC and Golf Channel will televise a combined 20 hours of live tournament action, including the Peacock’s third-round lead-in coverage, which marks the first time the tourney has aired on broadcast television in 15 years. Golf Central, Golf Channel’s signature news program, will complement live coverage throughout the week with shows hosted on-site in Kapalua.
This weekend's coverage will mark the first time since Golf Channel became part of the NBC Sports family in 2011 that NBC’s award-winning golf production team will produce events airing primarily on Golf Channel. Tommy Roy, a 28-time Emmy Award-winner, will produce the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, as well as the upcoming Sony Open in Hawaii. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions broadcast will feature an increased number of cameras and camera towers, including aerial coverage from a fixed wing airplane for a second-consecutive year at Kapalua.
It will also showcase a new graphic element, when the “driving grid” debuts on the 18th hole at the Plantation Course. Similar to the “First and 10” lines used during NFL broadcasts, the Driving Grid graphic lines will be marked off in 25-yard increments on the 18th fairway, which often sees some of the PGA’s tour’s longest drives.
In another first, players competing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will take a page out of NBC’s Sunday Night Football’s play book, by introducing themselves on the first tee during Friday’s opening round on Golf Channel and Sunday’s third-round coverage on the broadcast network. Players will introduce themselves by name, hometown and the 2012 tournaments they won.
“The return of broadcast television coverage for the first time in 15 years coupled with the Monday night finish and the unprecedented production resources across two networks will showcase the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and give the PGA Tour season the kickoff it deserves,” said Golf Channel president Mike McCarley in a statement. “We’re also looking forward to giving viewers a much needed dose of Hawaiian paradise during this tough winter.”
Hyundai Tournament of Champions Airtimes (all times ET)