Turner Sports to provide more than 100 hours of PGA Championship coverage
Turner Sports will present multiplatform coverage of the earliest PGA Championship in 70 years with more than 100 hours of live action across TNT, the PGA Championship suite of digital products and B/R Live, Turner’s premium live streaming service. TNT’s live coverage from the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York, will feature at least six hours of coverage on Thursday, May 16, from 1-7 p.m. ET.; and an expanded window on Friday, May 17, from 1-7:30 p.m. The network’s weekend programming on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, will include third and fourth round play from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This year’s field – perennially the strongest in golf – is expected to include four-time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods, as the recent Masters champion continues his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s career Majors record. He will be joined by 2018 PGA winner Brooks Koepka and 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari in the traditional marquee pairing of the last three major champions on Thursday.
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TNT commentators will include host Brian Anderson, analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert, with Amanda Balionis providing pre- and post-round interviews. Former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman will return as an on-course analyst, while also contributing in the booth throughout the weekend.
Next week’s coverage on TNT will tee off with the 2019 PGA Championship B/R on the Tee presented by Caesars Rewards on Thursday, May 16, at noon. The one-hour show will offer fans live on-course action, along with the latest odds, analysis and predictions. Anderson will host live from Bethpage Black alongside Baker-Finch, with Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe and B/R Betting insider Kelly Stewart contributing from the B/R studio at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Additionally, Balionis will interview players live from the driving range during the show.
The PGA Championship’s official digital platforms, managed by Turner Sports – PGA.com, PGAChampionship.com and the PGA Championship App – will offer extensive coverage of the event including live streaming via PGA Championship LIVE. The Sports Emmy Award-winning video experience will showcase the event’s top players via its Featured Group channels. Each day, four marquee pairings will be selected for complete round coverage with two groups in the morning followed by two additional pairings in the afternoon.
Additionally, PGA Championship LIVE – anchored by Brian Katrek and Luke Elvy, alongside analysts Kratzert and Michael Breed – will offer dedicated live Featured Hole video coverage (hole Nos. 16, 17 and 18).
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Fans can enjoy live streaming coverage on PGA.com and the PGA Championship app, on the Watch TNT app and on participating TV provider platforms and apps. TNT’s coverage will require viewers to log in with their user name and password given to them by their TV service provider.
Both daily Featured Groups and the three Featured Holes will also be available for free via B/R Live, Turner’s premium sports streaming product available on Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and mobile web.
Following are additional coverage highlights of this year’s PGA Championship across multimedia platforms:
- Production Features for TNT
- TNT will utilize Hawk-Eye Green Technology displaying live graphic overlays, along with Toptracer technology to display ball flight, curve, ball speed and trajectory on approach shots. GolfTrax will showcase a wide range of virtual animations that display yardages, ball locations and pin placements for every hole.
- Making of a Major
- A new multiplatform series – Making of a Major by Callaway Golf – will premiere across TNT and PGA.com. The multipart series will chronicle the behind-the-scenes operations that readied Bethpage Black for one of golf’s premier events.
- Onsite Fan Assist
- Golf fans visiting Bethpage Black will enjoy access to a wide range of content and resources via the PGA Championship app, including an on-course player locator and “Minute-by-Minute” live reporting – featuring photos, video highlights and social content. The “Golf Mode” feature embedded in the app will direct fans on how to use their handheld device without disrupting play. The app also offers weather updates and “need to know” details before visiting the event. Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available at certain areas of the course, servicing key hospitality and gathering areas for fans.
- Virtual PGA Championship
- The new Virtual PGA Championship provides fans with the opportunity to play Bethpage Black throughout the month of May via the WGT golf app (available for iOS and Android devices) and wgt.com.
- PGA Championship App Available via iOS, Android & the Roku Platforms
- The PGA Championship App will be available through iOS and Android devices, as well as Roku platforms. PGA Championship video coverage will be available across all three platforms.
- PGA.com Live Video & More
- PGA.com's coverage will extend to social media where the @PGA & @PGAChampionship handles will provide all-access coverage from the driving range to the course and into the press room. Across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, fans can consume real-time highlights, round recaps, LIVE press conferences and sneak peaks of the PGA Live coverage.