In a first for a U.S. golf event, Turner Network Television (TNT) and PGA.com, one of golf's leading interactive Web sites, will partner to bring golf fans inside the ropes with 11 hours of live coverage featuring TNT and CBS' on-air announcers, camera coverage and editorial content as they call the 2006 PGA Championship from Medinah (Ill) Country Club.
The coverage tees off on Thursday and Friday, August 17-18, with PGA.com simulcasting six hours of TNT's on-air content with coverage from 2-5 p.m. ET for both the first and second rounds. Also, PGA.com will webcast five additional hours of bonus coverage from the first two rounds of the championship. The exclusive bonus coverage will stream on Thursday and Friday from 12:30-2 p.m. ET, and then again on Saturday and Sunday from 10-11 a.m. TNT broadcast partner CBS will follow late-round coverage on Saturday and Sunday to the championship's conclusion.
As an added feature, PGA.com will provide fans the ability to pick and choose the video stream they would like to watch through a mosaic of four video streams using CNN Pipeline technology.
Video stream No. 1, Greenside Live, will show the same vantage points that will air on TNT's telecast. Video stream No. 2, the Player Cam, will allow viewers to follow the designated group of the day as they attempt to climb the leaderboard. Video stream No. 3, titled Inside the Ropes, will give visitors front-row seats to PGA Championship press conferences as well as exclusive course flyovers, player profiles and historical PGA Championship moments. A fourth video stream will spotlight The PGA Learning Center. Hosted by PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino and featuring other noted PGA instructors, this webcast will provide PGA.com visitors with insightful tips from many of the top names in golf.
"One of the benefits of providing six hours of simulcast coverage on Thursday and Friday is to build interest and viewership of the PGA Championship on TNT," said David Levy, president, Turner Sports. "This landmark multi-platform experience is the perfect example of how, with the help and tremendous access provided by our friends at The PGA of America, we can leverage our expertise and technology to enhance our network coverage giving the fan the most complete two-screen experience. We wanted to debut this big idea at a big event, and what could be better than to do so at a major championship."
"The PGA of America is proud to share in an exciting new chapter in Turner Sports' coverage of the PGA Championship, an opportunity for golf fans to enjoy as never before the season's final major," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka. "It seems only fitting that we introduce these new features during our 90th anniversary, establishing new ways to enjoy all the excitement of major championship golf."
In addition to the live coverage on TNT and PGA.com, AOL.com users will have exclusive access to live video coverage of select par-3 holes. This coverage will be available free and open on the Web on Thursday and Friday at http://sports.aol.com. Announcers Grant Boone, Beau Estes and Christine Pullara will provide users with an in-depth look and analysis of the world's greatest golfers as they make their way through the challenging par-3 holes at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club. Also offered is a unique interactive open forum where golf fans can email, log on to chat or send AOL Instant Messages to our anchors and expert analysts.
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