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Golf on TNT

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TNT's golf coverage was produced by Turner Sports and consisted of television broadcasts of some of the key professional golf events in the United States. Most recently, TNT had the cable rights to the PGA Championship (with full coverage of the first two rounds and early coverage of the weekend rounds since 1999 after being on sister channel TBS[1][2] since 1991) under a contract with the PGA of America. [3]

The channel has generally only carried major competitions, as opposed to the other week-to-week tournaments which are under the auspices of the PGA Tour, an organization which is independent of the PGA of America.

On October 10, 2018, it was announced that ESPN would replace TNT as the PGA Championship's cable partner beginning in 2020, with CBS remaining broadcast television rightsholder.[4] This deal left TNT without any golf coverage.

Past coverage

In the past, TNT owned cable rights to the (British) Open Championship,[5] as well as the Women's British Open and Senior British Open, from 2003 to 2009 (with ABC picking up weekend coverage), replacing (and ultimately being replaced by) ESPN. TNT also carried the biennial PGA Tour-managed Presidents Cup[6] from 2000 to 2007; Golf Channel assumed those rights beginning with the 2009 event as part of its overall deal for PGA Tour cable rights.

Beginning in 2004, TNT as well as CBS, began broadcasting the PGA Championship in HDTV.

Scheduled time for Turner coverage by year

British Open

  • 2003-2004: 19 - When TNT took over the cable package for the British Open in 2003, they started providing 2 hours of early morning coverage on both weekend days prior to the start of ABC's air-time.
  • 2005-2006: 20
  • 2007-2009: 19

PGA Championship

  • 1991-1996: 16 - When TBS took over the cable package for the PGA Championship in 1991, they increased the weekday coverage to 6 hours per day. TBS also added 2 hours of Saturday and Sunday coverage.
  • 1997: 17
  • 1998: 17
  • 1999-2005: 17
  • 2006-2009: 18
  • 2010: 19
  • 2011-2013: 18 - Because inclement weather stopped play during the third round of 2012 PGA Championship on Saturday, TNT added coverage starting at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Former Commentators

TBS era (1991-1998)

References

  1. ^ PGA Grand Slam - TBS Promo (1992) on YouTube
  2. ^ Watch Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson play their first-ever round together in 1997 on YouTube
  3. ^ "History of PGA Championship TV coverage (1958-present)". Classic TV Sports. 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ Ourand, John; Lombardo, John (October 10, 2018). "PGA Championship Leaving TNT For ESPN In '20, Re-Ups With CBS". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "History of British Open on US TV (1962-present)". Classic Sports TV and Media. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "History of Presidents Cup TV coverage (1994-present)". Classic Sports TV and Media. September 30, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
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