POSTED: Thursday May 21st 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NBC SPORTS PRESENTS 70th SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENT IN SENIOR GOLF

70th Senior PGA Championship from Canterbury Golf Club




       NEW YORK – May 21, 2009 – NBC Sports will broadcast six hours of live coverage of the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf, the 70th Senior PGA Championship from Canterbury Golf Club outside of Cleveland Saturday from 3-6 p.m. ET and Sunday from Noon-3 p.m. ET presented in high definition. The field includes some of golf’s greatest names led by “The Shark” Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin and Tom Lehman. Jay Haas is the defending champion and has won two of the last three Senior PGAs.

NBC’s golf host Dan Hicks and Gary Koch will anchor NBC’s coverage from the 18th-hole tower, joined by tower reporter Bob Murphy, on-course reporters Roger Maltbie and Mark Rolfing; 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, and directed by Doug Grabert, a native of Greater Cleveland.

KOCH ON CANTERBURY: “It’s an old-style course with a lot of rolling tilting fairways. The course favors control-type players, players who can manuver the ball around the golf course and stay patient. Big hitters need not apply, power is not a big deal here at all.”

CANTERBURY TALES:
Canterbury is perhaps best known for the 1973 PGA Championship, in which Ohio native Jack Nicklaus passed his idol, Bobby Jones, by claiming his 14th major championship. Canterbury is now one of only two courses that has hosted all five rotating premier championships in U.S. golf—the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, the Senior PGA Championship, the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Amateur (Oak Hill Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y., is the other).

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.”

ON HICKS:
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.”

ON MALTBIE:
Golf Digest: “A combination of a player’s feel and a critic’s discerning eye.”


       Members of the media can get more information about NBC Universal and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web site at www.nbcumv.com.


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