Unprecedented Coverage at McDonalds


McDonaldORLANDO, Fla. -- The Golf Channel announced that it will combine production elements it uses for its various tournament telecasts and incorporate them into one unique viewing experience for the networks coverage of the McDonalds LPGA Championship, June 8-11. The networks 12 hours of live coverage will feature some never-before seen camera angles during all four-rounds of the LPGAs second major at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Md.
The Golf Channels exclusive coverage begins Thursday, June 8, and continues through Sunday, June 11. Live airtimes will be 4 ' 7 p.m., daily. In addition, prime-time encore airings can be seen on June 8, 8 ' 11 p.m. ET, and June 9-11, 9:30 p.m. ' 12:30 a.m. ET.
Featured production elements and unique camera angles include the following:
Split-Screen ' The Golf Channel will feature a split screen during the telecast immediately after each shot for viewers to see both the ball flight and the players reaction.
Camera Towers ' Stationed behind the 17th green, The Golf Channel will unveil its first broadcast tower at a professional golf tournament. Veteran broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis will call the action from the 17th tower during the tournament.
I-Cam ' Stationed above the tee-box, the I-Cam will give viewers a birds-eye view of the swing and impact at the tee. The cameras unique overhead view also will give The Golf Channels team of expert analysts a unique camera perspective from which to analyze swings.
Impact Cam ' The Impact Cam will capture players shots from a unique angle: directly in front. Stationed on the ground several feet in front of the players on the tee-boxes, the mini-camera will give viewers another way to enjoy televised golf. The Impact Cam will virtually be unnoticeable to the players, but will produce great visuals for television.
Blimp ' The Golf Channel will utilize one-of-a-kind shots that only the use of an airship can deliver.
Brian Hammons and former LPGA Tour standout Dottie Pepper will serve as host and analyst of the telecast. Veteran broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis, who has reported the last several years for The Golf Channel and CBS Sports, will call the action from several critical holes, including the tower at the 17th while LPGA Tour veterans Kay Cockerill and Rosie Jones ' who also will compete in the tournament ' will handle reporting on the course.
The Golf Channel has exclusive rights to air the second major championship of the LPGA Tour calendar through 2008.
Cable televisions undisputed leader in live tournament coverage, The Golf Channel will continue to air a minimum of 10 official LPGA events each year through 2009, as well as carrying complete, shot-by-shot coverage of the 2007 and 2009 Solheim Cup.
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