NBC Sports Group is "Next on the Tee" with Comprehensive Coverage of The 145TH Open from Royal Troon, July 14-17

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 10, 2016, 1:20 pm

NBC Sports’ Inaugural Coverage of The Open, Golf’s Original Championship, Bolstered by Promotional and Production Plans Showcasing Events’ Prestigious Heritage, Iconic Atmosphere, and Historic Venues

Video: Ivor Robson Announces NBC and Golf Channel as "Next on the Tee"

The 145TH Open will be hosted at Royal Troon from July 14-17, and will mark NBC Sports Group’s first opportunity to showcase golf’s original championship, which dates back to 1860. As part of a new 13-year partnership with The R&A, NBC Sports and Golf Channel will provide all-encompassing live coverage from the first tee shot through the final putt, culminating with the Champion Golfer of the Year raising the Claret Jug.

Nearly 50 hours of live tournament coverage – the most ever planned for a major championship – will be surrounded by nearly 60 hours of Golf Channel’s comprehensive news coverage, highlighted by Golf Central Live From The Open. NBC Sports Group’s coverage also marks the return of The Open to U.S. broadcast television for the first time since 2009, and Golf Channel’s first-ever live tournament coverage of a men’s major championship.


Since last year, NBC Sports has been promoting The Open and its debut on NBC and Golf Channel. As part of NBC Sports’ “Championship Season,” The Open has been positioned alongside some of NBC Sports’ most cherished properties, including The Players, Stanley Cup, Triple Crown races, French Open, Tour de France and NASCAR. Looking toward next week’s third men’s major of the season, NBC Sports’ next phase of promotion includes:


Led by NBC Sports’ 30-time Emmy Award-winning producer Tommy Roy, and an Emmy Award-winning NBC Golf production team, coverage of The Open will deliver dedicated enhancements to complement one of the most experienced broadcast teams in golf, and feature two past Open Champions, Johnny Miller (1976) and Sir Nick Faldo (1987, 1990, 1992), as well as David Duval (2001) contributing to Golf Central Live From The Open, while also competing in this year’s event. In addition, veteran broadcaster Mike Tirico will be making his NBC Sports Group on-air debut at The Open next week as a tournament host, in addition to calling some live play-by-play coverage on Thursday and Friday.

“With our production team’s passion for golf, coupled with our on-air team’s vast knowledge and experience at The Open, NBC Sports’ coverage represents the opportunity to not only showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of sports’ grandest stages, but also to offer viewers an inside look at the rich history of golf in Scotland through our compelling storytelling,” said Tommy Roy, coordinating producer, golf, for NBC Sports. “After numerous visits to Scotland and working in-tandem with our worldwide television partners, we have a robust plan to showcase to our viewers all of the elements that make The Open so uniquely special.”

Technology: NBC and Golf Channel will incorporate enhancements to help advance the storytelling captured by more than 140 cameras being utilized throughout the week, including:

  • NBC Links Trax – As players in the field attempt to navigate Troon’s course setup by employing the age-old links strategy of playing low, running shots up onto greens, NBC Sports has developed NBC Links Trax, which utilizes Hawk-Eye technology – widely associated with its presence in tennis coverage – by graphically highlighting where a ball lands and tracking its path and proximity to the hole.
  • Wind Indicators – Wind and rain account for as much influence at The Open as its historic host venues themselves. To help viewers track the impact wind can make on players’ decisions and shots, NBC Sports will implement an array of ultrasound wind indicators throughout the golf course. These devices will measure changes in wind conditions in real-time, providing immediate ultra-precise data so viewers can easily distinguish what a player is facing over any shot.
  • In addition to Pro-Tracer, X-Mo (super slow-mo), and a variety of specialty audio and visual production elements, cameras will be strategically positioned to ensure the highest-quality production. For example, at the famed “Postage Stamp” 8th hole, cameras will be embedded in all five pot bunkers, which offer defense to the often deceiving 123-yard, par-3.
  • Enhanced Graphics Package: Partnering with the R&A and Troika – an awarding-winning branding and marketing innovations agency – NBC Sports will display an authentic on-air look across both its U.S. coverage, as well as the international audience via The Open’s World Feed. The new, custom-built graphics package will incorporate iconic aspects of The Open, including the familiar yellow scoreboards, challenging weather conditions and Claret Jug.
  • If You’re Good Enough to Compete, You’re Good Enough for TV: NBC Sports has long believed that if a golfer is good enough to compete in a major championship, then coverage should make an effort to showcase that player over the course of the event. This philosophy is implemented by NBC Sports producer Tommy Roy and was successfully accomplished at The Players earlier this year. This commitment to trying to showcase the entire field provides NBC Sports the opportunity to share a wide-range of compelling stories, especially during the opening rounds, profiling the unique paths taken by world-class golfers and amateurs living out their dream as they tee it up at The Open.
  • Yanni’s “In Celebration of Man” Returns as NBC Sports’ Major Championship Theme Music: NBC Sports will present a new, customized rendition of Yanni’s “In Celebration of Man,” the longtime theme music associated with NBC Sports’ men’s major championship golf coverage. The new version interweaves distinct bagpipe notes – played by world-renowned musician Eric Rigler (Braveheart, Titanic) – within the composition to embody the Scottish heritage of The Open.

NBC Sports Group Live Programming at the 145TH  Open (All Times EST)

Monday, July 11                     Golf Central Live From The Open                  9-11 a.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12                     Golf Central Live From The Open                  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13                Golf Central Live From The Open                  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  7-9 p.m.

                                                Morning Drive                                                11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 14                    The 145TH Open – Round 1                          1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  4-5 p.m.

Friday, July 15                        The 145TH Open – Round 2                           1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  4-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 16                    The 145TH Open – Round 3                           4-7 a.m.

                                                The 145TH Open – Round 3 – NBC               7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

                                                The Open Highlights Special – NBC              4-6 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  2:30-3 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  8-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 17                      The 145TH Open – Final Round                     4-7 a.m.

                                                The 145TH Open – Final Round – NBC        7 a.m.-2 p.m.

                                                The Open Highlights Special – NBC              4-6 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  2-3 p.m.

                                                Golf Central Live From The Open                  6-7 p.m.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.