By Ryan Berenz
The year’s final major takes place along the shore of Lake Michigan at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., site of the PGA Championship in 2004. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and golf’s best will try to win the Wanamaker trophy and end the season on a high note. Last year’s PGA Championship was a stunner, with unheralded Y.E. Yang of Korea outplaying runner-up Tiger Woods in the final round for a three-stroke victory. It was a rare loss for Woods — he lost for the first time in 15 major championships when he had the lead or share of the lead after 54 holes. It was also the first time since 2004 that Woods went winless in the four majors. With Woods coming off the worst performance of his pro career, it’s likely that he’ll go winless in the majors for another year. TNT and CBS share coverage of this year’s PGA Championship Aug. 12-15. Full coverage details and releases from CBS, TNT and GOLF CHANNEL after the jump. Here’s the live tournament schedule on TNT and CBS:
PGA Championship Live TV Schedule
Thursday, Aug. 12 — First Round, 1pm ET, TNT
Friday, Aug. 13 — Second Round, 1pm ET, TNT
Saturday, Aug. 14 — Third Round, 11am ET, TNT; 2pm ET, CBS
Sunday, Aug. 15 — Final Round, 11am ET, TNT; 2pm ET, CBS
CBS SPORTS BROADCASTS SEASON’S FINAL MAJOR — THE 92nd PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 20th CONSECUTIVE YEAR FROM WHISTLING STRAITS ON AUGUST 12-15
Late Night Highlights of First Two Rounds Broadcast on Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13 on The CBS Television Network
For the 20 consecutive year CBS Sports will be on-hand with live 18-hole coverage as the 92nd PGA Championship is contested for the second time at Whistling Straits — Straits Course in Kohler, Wisc., this August. South Korea’s Y.E. Yang will defend his 2009 title at the season’s final major against the strongest field in golf. Last summer Yang chased down and out-played four-time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods with a record PGA Championship comeback and a three-stroke victory. Yang was the first male Asian player to win one of golf’s four major championships.
Jim Nantz, the 2009 and 2008 Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play” and 2009 and 2008 National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ 2010 PGA Championship golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole,Gary McCord at the 16th hole, Peter Oosterhuis at the 15th hole, Verne Lundquist at the 14th hole and Bill Macatee at the 13th hole, whileDavid Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.
Lance Barrow, Coordinating Producer, Golf, will produce along with David Winner. Jim Rikhoff serves as videotape producer. Steve Milton and Bob Matina will direct. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports. Rob Correa is Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. Sean McManus is President, CBS News and Sports.
CBS Sports’ cameras will capture the action at all 18 holes of Whistling Straits — Straits Course with live coverage of the third and final rounds on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET; both days). In addition, CBS Sports will broadcast highlights of early-round action with Macatee and Feherty immediately following the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN on Thursday, Aug.12 and Friday, Aug. 13 (12:35-1:05 AM, ET/PT; both nights). Bob Mansbach will produce the highlight shows. Chris Svendsen will direct.
This year’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits will feature a record 73 international players representing 22 countries, among 99 of the top 100 players in the latest Official World Golf Rankings. Since 1994, the PGA Championship has featured the most ranked players among any major championship and has brought together the most international competitors for any U.S.-based major.
Turner Sports Tees Up Multiplatform Coverage of 92nd PGA Championship from Aug. 12-15
Extensive Television, Online and Mobile Coverage Provides Fans All-Access Pass to Year’s Final Major
Turner Sports will provide extensive multiplatform coverage for all four rounds of the 92nd PGA Championship, live from Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. from Aug. 12-15, with television, online and mobile access to the year’s final major championship. TNT will televise 20 hours of exclusive television coverage, the most the network has ever aired for the event, including seven hours each for rounds one and two (1 – 8 p.m. ET), along with early coverage of the third and final rounds (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET). TNT’s announcing team will feature two-time Emmy® award-winning host Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) who will joined by Ian Baker-Finch (analyst), Billy Kratzert (analyst) and Jim Huber (interviewer/essayist) in calling the Championship. This is the 20th consecutive year, and 12th straight on TNT, that Turner Sports will air the event.
Advertising sponsors for this year’s coverage include ING, Mercedes-Benz, Northwestern Mutual, RBC and Viagra. Mercedes-Benz and RBC both will expand on-air brand awareness with an extensive presence on PGA.com, the official site of The PGA of America, joining other online sponsors, American Airlines and Westin® Hotels & Resorts, throughout the championship coverage.
PGA Championship LIVE will once again return to the newly-redesigned PGA.com with extensive bonus coverage of the major championship from the course via three broadband channels. For the first two rounds, PGA.com will follow the threesome of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and defending champion of the 2009 PGA Championship Y.E. Yang (Tee times: R1, 9:20 a.m. ET/R2 2:35 p.m. ET) and the group of 2010 major champions Phil Mickelson (Masters), Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (Open Championship) (Tee times: R1, 2:35 p.m. ET, R2, 9:20 a.m. ET). PGA.com will also feature two marquee groups during the final two rounds. 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem will provide commentary and analysis throughout the weekend during PGA.com’s live coverage. This year’s field includes a record 73 international players, among 99 of the top 100 players in the latest Official World Golf Rankings and 28 major champions competing.
In addition, PGA.com’s award-winning mobile coverage will return with the PGA Championship App to provide live coverage to fans. This year’s PGA Championship App, available in the App Store, will provide live scoring and instant updates to golf fans at no charge during the 2010 PGA Championship from Aug. 12-15. The PGA Championship app also offers in-app purchase for $1.99 where users can upgrade to exclusive access of live video for the marquee groups on all four days of play including live video streaming of the par-3 holes at Whistling Straits. The PGA Championship App utilizes advanced push notifications to help fans keep track of their favorite players without having the app open and different push notifications utilize specific sounds, which highlight the nature of the alert. The PGA Championship App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, and iPod touch or from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pga-championship/id325462190?mt=8.
As previously announced, Turner Sports and The PGA of America will offer coverage of the PGA Championship in 3D on Thursday, Aug. 12 and Friday, Aug. 13, on PGA.com and through TNT’s television distributors Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV and Time Warner Cable. The 3D coverage will focus on the par-3 12th and 17th holes at Whistling Straits from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (ET) each day. Host Vince Cellini will be joined by Beem to provide commentary and analysis on the holes.
“The PGA Championship is a marquee event both for the sport of golf and for Turner Sports and each year we strive to offer the most comprehensive, multiplatform coverage to fans, allowing them to follow the event on television, online or through mobile devices,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “With the addition of 3D coverage added to the already robust, interactive offerings, we are thrilled to once again serve as trail blazers in our live event coverage.”
In its fifth consecutive year of providing live video coverage, PGA.com will host three channels of PGA Championship content on an HD quality video player that features picture-in-picture for fans to watch multiple streams at once. The PGA Championship LIVE streams will include:
- Marquee Groups – During all four rounds PGA.com will follow select groups during their rounds. PGA.com announcers will include Marc Fein (play-by-play), Michael Breed (analyst) and Brian Katrek and Craig Sager (reporters).
- Par 3 – Watch the world’s best golfers play the challenging Par 3’s as PGA.com isolates holes 3, 7, 12 and 17 throughout the tournament.
- Strait Advice – PGA Professional Michael Breed will be joined by Jim Richerson, PGA, General Manager & Group Director of Golf for Kohler Co. to give hole-by-hole analysis of how players must play the course in order to win the Wanamaker Trophy.
The PGA Championship LIVE experience will also feature integrated content such as live reports and insights from PGA Professionals who will provide Twitter updates as they follow the action on the course, the ability to connect with friends on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace while watching the live footage online and a leaderboard and player scorecards which can be added to the video player page to follow all the action at once.
92nd PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: TNT AND PGA.COM SCHEDULE
Show Title: PGA Championship on TNT
Thursday (8/12): 1-8 p.m. (ET)
Friday (8/13): 1-8 p.m. (ET)
Saturday (8/14): 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (ET)
Sunday (8/15): 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. (ET)
Show Title: Marquee Groups
Thursday (8/12): 9a.m.-8p.m. (ET)
Friday (8/13): 9a.m.-8p.m. (ET)
Saturday (8/14): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (ET)
Sunday (8/15): 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (ET)
Show Title: Par 3’s
Thursday (8/12): 1-8 p.m. (ET)
Friday (8/13): 1-8 p.m. (ET)
Saturday (8/14): 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (ET)
Sunday (8/15): 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (ET)
TNT & PGA.COM 3D SCHEDULE
Show Title: 3D Coverage
Thursday (8/12): 3-7 p.m. (ET)
Friday (8/13): 3-7 p.m. (ET)
Saturday (8/14): N/A
Sunday (8/15): N/A
TNT’s 2009 PGA Championship coverage earned significant television ratings increases on each of its four days of coverage, averaging a 1.4 US HH rating, a 75% increase over 2008. In addition, the event led PGA.com to its highest four-days in-site history for its traffic, page views and video streams, marking the most successful four days in PGA.com’s four-year history of providing live video streaming for the PGA Championship. The site saw 1.4 million average daily uniques, a 94% increase from 2008, and 206 million total page views, a 68% increase from 2008. In addition, Turner Sports’ 2009 online golf portfolio, which included PGA.com and Yahoo!, delivered a total of 3.4 million video streams, including a record 2.4 million live player streams, a 204% increase from 2008. Turner Sports was nominated for an Emmy® Award for its 2009 PGA Championship multiplatform coverage.
Golf Channel has the PGA Championship Covered
More than 27 Hours of News Coverage from Whistling Straits
ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2010) – Golf Channel’s Live From the PGA Championship will take viewers inside the ropes at Whistling Straits with more than 27 hours of live news reports, inside analysis and features in delivering wrap-around news coverage of the final men’s major championship of 2010.
Originating from two set locations at Whistling Straits – at the clubhouse and driving range – as well as from the network’s Orlando studios, coverage will begin Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. ET with pre-tournament news conferences, featuring live coverage of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s news conferences. News conferences will continue Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, followed later by two-hour preview shows each evening. Live From the PGA Championship will deliver player interviews, highlights and analysis from Golf Channel’s panel of reporters and expert analysts before and after live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday.
The Live From the PGA Championship team reporting from Whistling Straits will include Kelly Tilghman, Kraig Kann, Rich Lerner, Steve Sands, Jim Gray, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Tim Rosaforte, Alex Miceli, Rex Hoggard, John Hawkins and Ken Schofield.
Todd Lewis, Scott Walker, Whit Watson and Charlie Rymer will host the news conferences shows from the network’s studios in Orlando.
GolfChannel.com’s team of writers, as well as the on-air team, will contribute to the network’s popular blogs – Tiger Tracks, Shag Bag and Punch Shots – with entries and posts throughout the week, along with daily columns, features and breaking news. Lerner, Tilghman and Hoggard also will post twitter updates from Whistling Straits, which will be re-posted on Golf Channel’s twitter feed.
Scheduled Live From the PGA Championship features include:
· Chamblee Takes on Whistling Straits: Brandel Chamblee scouts the holes at Whistling Straits in segments that will air throughout the week.
· Shot Re-Creations at Whistling Straits: Following each round of play, Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo will hit the course to re-create the key shots and moments from tournament play.
· PGA Professionals Featured: Throughout the week, Golf Channel will profile select PGA of America Professionals who qualified for the PGA Championship via the PGA Professional National Championship earlier in the summer.
· Patriot Golf Day – Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation. On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Golf Channel will visit with Major Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation and PGA Professional, to discuss the origins and what is in store for Patriot Golf Day 2010.
· Whistling Straits Founder Herb Kohler –The name Kohler is synonymous with kitchen and bathroom fixtures throughout the world. Herb Kohler oversees a company of 75,000 employees, and with a net worth of nearly 4 billion dollars, he ranks as one of the richest men in the world. His company, however, takes a back seat to his love of golf. Golf Channel’s Jim Gray visits with Kohler to discuss his passion for golf and the development of Whistling Straits into a major championship venue.
· Course Architect Pete Dye – Golf Channel will visit with Whistling Straits architect Pete Dye and his wife Alice, where viewers will hear the origins of the famous “17th Hole Island Green” at TPC Sawgrass.
Live From the PGA Championship TV Times (all times ET)
Tuesday, Aug. 10: 12:45-4 p.m. (News Conferences)
Wednesday, Aug. 11: 1-3 p.m. (News Conferences)
Thursday, Aug. 12: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 13: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 14: 9-11 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 15: 9-11 a.m.
Photo: Credit: Charles Cherney/Chicago Tribune/MCT