Golf Channels first 3D broadcast Viewing audience reaction

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2011, 8:18 pm

2007 Sony OpenHONOLULU – Golf Channel began its first step into the 3D waters Saturday at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, marking the first time a co-sponsored PGA Tour event is broadcast in 3D. Between Saturday’s coverage and final-round coverage Sunday, Golf Channel will have provided 16 hours of coverage, 8 of which are live and 8 of replays.

Rich Lerner (play-by-play), Curt Byrum (analyst) and Steve Sands (on course, interviews) called the 3D action on Saturday and will be back again Sunday. Viewers need a 3D-compatible set, glasses and a set-top connected to the TV with an HDMI cable.

The first two hours of coverage Sunday (4:30-6:30 p.m. ET) will feature the green at the second hole and holes three and four, followed by a two-hour replay. The final two live hours (8:30-10:30 p.m. ET) will feature the 16th green and holes 17 and 18.

Below are some comments sent to the on-air team during the inaugural broadcast.

Told friends about 3D golf last nite. Had to go buy 3 more pair of Sony 3D glasses. Have 8 friends fighting over them. Can't get them to go home.


I do not normally watch golf on TV, however, watching in 3D is amazing, An awesome viewing experience that will bring me back for more.

Mike Wassner, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

 We switched from the NFL playoff game in 3D to compare and we think golf wins!


A bug flew straight into my living room….from Hawaii!!!! WOW!

Bonnie, Canada

Love it, love it, love it. Please tell us there will be more than two tournaments in 3D shown this year.

Tom, Canada

We think that people that don't normally watch golf on TV will start to watch it on 3D because it looks so spectacular. We are both golfers and love the fact that you can see the undulations in the greens and the texture of the grasses so vividly. ??

Phil and Mary Ann Butler

This is the way golf must be seen. I've watched football and basketball and they are fairly good but the contours in this broadcast really make you feel you are there. Now it will be hard to watch a regular HD broadcast!!! Can't wait for the back nine.

Jim, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Watching the 3D golf image from the UK England is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s just like being there. Awesome.

Pete, England

Sitting in Las Vegas watching the 3D golf. The depth perception on greens, bunkers and fairways is amazing! Truly stunning!

Keep up good work,

Andrew, Las Vegas

I can't tell you how much I appreciate you guys doing a broadcast in 3D. Thank you thank you thank you. It really makes me feel like I am there and I can just about smell the breeze!

Christopher D. Pratt

I'm watching on my new Sony Bravia 55- inch 3D TV that I got for Christmas. I feel like I'm there with you guys. This wonderful 3D experience will no doubt be the only way I'll get the feeling of walking the fairway at a PGA event. Show Kelly Tilghman in 3D and Sony will sell a hundred thousand new 3D sets on that basis alone. Hope you'll broadcast many more 3D events.

David Mills, Huntington, W.Va.

It is really great to see the undulation of the greens and depth of the greenside bunkers. It gives a much better perspective of what these guys are up against.

Ross, Burnsville, Minn.

I watch a lot of golf on TV but nothing ever came close to this. Thanks for bring 3D to golf.

Bill, Orlando, Fla.

Watching the Sony Open on 3D with my wife from the main land. Amazing! Great job Sony and the Golf Channel!

Brandon & Diane, Philadelphia

We are enjoying the 3D golf here in Phoenix. It is really nice seeing the contours on the greens. When the caddies get in front of the cameras on the greens, it's like they are backing up into the living room. Keep up the good work.

Jim and Chris, Phoenix

I love that in 3D, I can see the dips and swells in the greens. Even the break I can see. 3Diculous technology. So neat. –

Tony C, W.Va.

I just wanted to say…The broadcast of 3D is excellent! It really provides a perspective of the slopes and elevations on the course. Also around the greens you get a much better perspective of the breaks, making them fun to read. Also it gives a great perspective of the ball flight shape on the long shots.

Hope to see more of this!



We are enjoying your 3D golf broadcast, we can detect the field of view and how the golf pros have to setup the shots. Special thanks for your technical staff on the camera setup we feel like we are on the edge of the green. You made history today on your first day of 3D broadcast on Golf Channel Sony Open.

Thank You!

Brian & Ofelia

Total loving the 3D broadcast here in the UK. Liked the interview with the Sony guy and the dolphins. Best effect definitely is the camera shots of the greens. Totally get the shapes on the greens. Awesome work keep them coming.


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Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x