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.


Thompson wins Race, loses tournament after short miss

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 8:52 pm

The drama went down to the very last hole in the LPGA's final event of 2017. Here's how things ended up at the CME Group Tour Championship, where a surprising miss from Lexi Thompson opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to win in dramatic fashion:

Leaderboard: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15), Lexi Thompson (-14), Jessica Korda (-14), Pernilla Lindberg (-13), Eun-Hee Ji (-13)

What it means: There were scenarios aplenty entering the final round, with nearly every season-long accolade still hanging in the balance. Thompson appeared set to take them all as she sized up a 2-foot par putt on the final hole - a stroke that looked like it would take her to world No. 1 for the first time. Instead, the putt barely touched the hole and allowed Jutanugarn to rally to victory with birdies on the closing two holes. Thompson still took home $1 million for winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as it was a reverse scenario from last year when Jutanugarn won the $1 million but not the final tournament.

Round of the day: Sei Young Kim made the day's biggest charge, turning in a 6-under 66 to close the week in a share of 11th at 10 under. Kim made eight birdies during the final round, including five over her first eight holes en route to her lowest round of the week while erasing a third-round 75.

Best of the rest: Jutanugarn seemed like an afterthought as the tournament was winding down, but she kept her hopes alive with an 18-foot birdie on No. 17 and then capitalized on Thompson's mistake with a clutch birdie on the difficult final hole. It capped off a final-round 67 for the Thai who now ends what has been a tumultuous season with a smile on her face.

Biggest disappointment: Thompson faced heartbreak after the penalty-shrouded ANA Inspiration, and she again must handle a setback after essentially missing a tap-in with everything on the line. Thompson can enjoy a $1 million consolation prize along with the Vare Trophy, but a tournament win would have clinched Player of the Year honors as well as her first-ever trip to world No. 1. Instead, she now has the entire off-season to think about how things went awry from close range.

Shot of the day: There were only three birdies on No. 18 during the final round before Jutanugarn laced one down the fairway and hit a deft approach to 15 feet. The subsequent putt found the target and gave her win No. 7 on her young LPGA career.

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.