The final round of the 2016 Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I will be televised live on CBS Sports from 4-6 p.m. ET on July 17, the LPGA announced today. This will be the first time in the tournament’s 31-year history that the final round will be broadcast on network television.
“The CBS telecast would not have been possible without our tremendous partners at Marathon Petroleum,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Marathon continues to find ways to push the envelope in raising the profile of our players and this great event in a city that’s become like family to the LPGA over the past 31 years.”
“We’re grateful to Marathon Petroleum for making the CBS television opportunity possible,” said Tournament Director Judd Silverman. “Our hope is to draw a record crowd for Sunday’s final round so we can show the rest of the country the tremendous pride our community has for the LPGA and the children’s charities that will benefit from this year’s tournament!”
“We are committed to furthering the popularity of the LPGA and this broadcast is one of the many ways we can do so,” said Tom Kelley, senior vice president of Marketing for Marathon Petroleum Corporation. “This enhanced exposure to the Marathon Classic and northwest Ohio will bring nationwide attention to the LPGA and its players.”
This year’s Marathon Classic will be played July 14-17 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio for a purse of $1.5 million. 2015 champion Chella Choi will defend her title against a field of 144 LPGA players featuring hometown favorite Stacy Lewis, world #1 Lydia Ko and world #2 Inbee Park.
The Marathon Classic will be part of an exciting four-week stretch of events on the LPGA schedule that are featured on network television, beginning with the U.S. Women’s Open conducted by the USGA (FOX) July 9/10, the Marathon Classic (CBS) July 17, UL International Crown (NBC) July 23/24 and the RICOH Women’s British Open (NBC) July 30-31. The Marathon Classic becomes the seventh event on the LPGA schedule in 2016 that will be on network television for at least the final round. The LPGA Tour’s television hours have nearly doubled over the last four years with a record of more than 400 hours of the world’s best female golfers performing in front of a global audience.
Tickets for this year’s Marathon Classic are available at area Kroger stores (2 for 1 on weekly Grounds tickets) or online atwww.marathonclassic.com. Purchase tickets and designate the purchase price to an area children’s charity. Since 1984 the tournament has raised $9.2 million for over 100 Toledo area children’s charities.