The 93rd PGA Championship will be in the spotlight as CBS Sports broadcasts “Prelude to The Season’s Final Major” this Sunday, Aug. 7, from 100-2:00 p.m. EDT.
The one-hour special, hosted by CBS Sports announcer Bill Macatee, kicks off the week’s coverage for the 93rd PGA Championship, which will be contested Aug. 11-14, at historic Atlanta Athletic Club, in Johns Creek, Ga. The club is the home of Bobby Jones and will serve as host to the PGA Championship for the third time ever, as the strongest field in golf gathers again for “The Season’s Final Major.”
Last year’s pulsating finish at Whistling Straits will be highlighted, as Martin Kaymer became the first German ever to win the PGA Championship in a three-hole aggregate score playoff over American Bubba Watson.
The broadcast will showcase some of the most dramatic moments in PGA Championship history including: the 20th anniversary of John Daly’s improbable run from ninth alternate to PGA Champion at the 73rd PGA Championship, at Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Ind.; the 25th anniversary of Bob Tway’s miraculous hole-out birdie on the 72nd hole to earn the Wanamaker Trophy, at Inverness Club, in Toledo, Ohio; the 30th Anniversary of hometown hero, Larry Nelson, the 2011 PGA Distinguished Award winner, capturing the 63rd PGA Championship, at the Atlanta Athletic Club; and a look back to the 83rd PGA Championship, also held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001, when David Toms parlayed a 243-yard hole-in-one on the 15th hole during the third round into his own chapter in PGA Championship lore.
The program also highlights last June’s PGA Professional National Championship, at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club, with Champion David Hutsell, PGA director of instruction at The Elkridge Club, in Baltimore, leading a group of 20 PGA club professionals who earned a berth in the 2011 PGA Championship.
A round-table discussion during the show features members of the CBS Sports golf team, including Jim Nantz, Sir Nick Faldo, David Feherty, Ian Baker-Finch and Peter Kostis. The panel of experts will unveil who they believe has the best chance of becoming PGA Champion in 2011.
CBS is broadcasting partners of The PGA of America. The PGA Championship is one of the most extensively broadcast golf events and will air live on CBS and TNT. The 93rd PGA Championship will be broadcast worldwide to more than 453 million households reaching 203 countries and territories.
The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf's four major championships.
Golf's best professionals began competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy in 1916. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Martin Kaymer.
About the PGA Championship
The 2011 PGA Championship is Aug. 8-14, 2011, at Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy; including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.
About the PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.