Archive for January, 2013

Here are my picks for this week:

A: Phil Mickelson (Backup: Charles Howell III)
B: Nick Watney (Backup: Hunter Mahan)
B: Josh Teater (Backup: Keegan Bradley)
C: Russell Henley (Backup: Ross Fisher)


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This week on the PGA Tour it’s the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Kyle Stanley is the defending champion. TPC Scottsdale, of course, features the famous, raucous, loud, and crazy 16th hole, which will be the main focus of Golf Channel & NBC’s spotlight coverage, which has its season premiere this week. More details on that can be found here.

TV Coverage is:

Thursday-Friday, Golf Channel, 4-7pm ET
Saturday-Sunday, Golf Channel, 1-3pm ET
Saturday-Sunday, Golf Channel Spotlight Coverage of 15-17, 3-5pm ET
Saturday-Sunday, NBC traditional coverage, 3-6pm ET

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Here are my picks for this week at Torrey:

A: Tiger Woods (Backup: Phil Mickelson)
B: Nick Watney (Backup: Scott Langley)
B: Dustin Johnson (Backup: Bud Cauley)
C: Rickie Fowler (Backup: Jason Day)

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This week it’s Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour debut at the Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines. Brandt Snedeker is the defending champion.

TV Coverage is: Thursday-Friday, 3-7pm ET, Golf Channel, Saturday-Sunday, Golf Channel, 1-2:30pm ET, Saturday, CBS, 3-6pm ET and Sunday, CBS, 3-6:30pm ET.

Remember this is the first PGA Tour event that will have its coverage streamed to all devices on GolfChannel.com, PGATOUR.com, and CBSSports.com. The Golf Channel coverage is temporarily for Comcast customers only.

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UPDATED: CBS Sports issued their yearly press release yesterday touting all their golf coverage for the coming season. In it, they contained this interesting nugget about The Masters:

The Masters, the most renowned golf tournament and the longest-running sports event on CBS Sports will be showcased for the 58th consecutive year from Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Coverage includes a pair of 15-minute highlight shows recounting early-round action on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 (11:35-11:50 PM, ET, both nights). Live coverage of the third round will be broadcast on Saturday, April 13 (3:00-7:00 PM, ET) and live 18-hole final-round coverage will be presented on Sunday, April 14 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET).

The news here is this: Saturday’s coverage is listed as 3-7pm ET. I have confirmed through CBS Sports spokeswoman Jennifer Sabatelle that that is indeed correct, so golfers have gotten what they wanted: more coverage of The Masters via an additional 30 minutes of coverage on Saturday (it was previously 3:30-7pm ET).

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…the European Tour! Two years ago, NBC lost the Wimbledon rights to ESPN. Because of that, NBC has some open weekends in the summer to fill with programming. It was a non-issue in 2012 because the London Olympics took care of the open slots. But 2013 is a different story, and NBC decided to go with golf. Here’s the GolfChannel.com story on it:

This year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, to be held July 11-14, will become the first regular European Tour event to be shown live on a major U.S. TV broadcast, it was announced Tuesday.

NBC will broadcast 2 ½ hours of live coverage during the third and fourth rounds from Castle Stuart in 2013 and Royal Aberdeen in ’14. Until now, only major championships, World Golf Championships events and leading team events connected to the European Tour have been shown live on American broadcast networks.

George O’Grady, the chief executive of the European said, said in a statement: “Following the vision and leadership of the Golf Channel, we are delighted to enter into this historic new agreement with NBC for live coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the next two years. It speaks volumes for the quality of the European Tour product, and specifically the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, that one of our most prestigious championships will be shown to a new audience on one of the prime TV networks in the United States in conjunction with our already outstanding coverage on the Golf Channel.”

The TV coverage schedule:

Thursday, July 11: Round 1 coverage on Golf Channel

Friday, July 12: Round 2 coverage on Golf Channel

Saturday, July 13: Lead-in Round 3 coverage on Golf Channel; live Round 3 coverage on Golf Channel on NBC

Sunday, July 14: Lead-in Round 4 coverage on Golf Channel; live Round 4 coverage on Golf Channel on NBC

Certainly is interesting.

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Golf Channel had been streaming live coverage for two weeks, but the promised streaming of all PGA Tour TV coverage to all devices on all mediums begins in full this weekend. Here’s the PGA Tour press release:

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – This week signals a landmark moment for expanded PGA TOUR coverage as network telecasts will be fully available online for the first time through live streaming, beginning with CBS Sports’ weekend coverage of the Farmers Insurance Open.

All 18 of CBS Sports’ FedExCup telecasts will be streamed live. Visitors to PGATOUR.com and CBSSports.com will be directed to a co-branded video player to watch live streaming of CBS Sports’ third-round telecast on Saturday (3-6 p.m. ET) and fourth-round telecast on Sunday (3-6:30 p.m. ET). The live streaming this weekend also will be available on PGA TOUR platforms as well as CBS Sports and CBS SportCaster applications for the iPhone, Android and iPad. CBS also will have a mobile web-based player available at m.cbssports.com.

All Golf Channel, through TV Everywhere availability, and NBC telecasts also will be streamed throughout the 2013 season, with Golf Channel available to multichannel video subscribers, and NBC’s weekend coverage of 12 FedExCup tournaments fully available beginning with next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Golf Channel is televising the early rounds for all 30 FedExCup tournaments on NBC and CBS, as well as all four rounds for six tournaments.

“This is a significant milestone in the PGA TOUR’s digital history,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “We are excited to work with CBS Sports to bring live PGA TOUR action online, and look forward to continuing our efforts with CBS, NBC and Golf Channel to develop ways golf fans can access live coverage of the PGA TOUR from wherever they are.”

Golf Channel’s telecasts of the Farmers Insurance Open’s first two rounds and early weekend coverage will be streamed live in conjunction with NBC Sports Live Extra, accessible to Comcast subscribers on a co-branded video player via PGATOUR.com and GolfChannel.com, as well as on iPhone, Android and iPad through NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra apps. Live streaming was available to Comcast subscribers during Golf Channel’s four-round coverage of the Sony Open in Hawaii and last week’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Availability of live streaming during Golf Channel telecasts of PGA TOUR tournaments will expand to additional satellite, cable and telco providers throughout the season.

PGATOUR.com is the world’s largest and most popular golf website and the streaming will be available to all U.S. internet users. PGATOUR.com averaged approximately 6 million unique users in 2012, a growth rate of 27 percent over the previous year. PGA TOUR mobile platforms experienced 100 percent growth in 2012 with more than 2 million users a month.

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