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.

American Junior Golf Association

Junior golfer's amazing run: ace, albatross, birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 11:03 pm

While most of the golf world had its attention focused on Scotland and The Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday, the REALLY remarkable performance of the day was taking place in Halifax, Mass.

There, in an American Junior Golf Association tournament, a 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes.

According to the AJGA, Conor Kelly holed a 5-iron shot on the 198-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his first hole-in-one. He then holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards on the 480-yard ninth holer for the albatross. (We're gonna go out on a limb and say it was his first albatross.)

Certainly a nice way to make the turn - but Kelly wasn't finished. He birdied the par-4 10th for a 1-2-3 sequence on his scorecard. For the day, he shot a 5-under 67 in the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship at the Country Club of Halifax.

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McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

12/1: Tony Finau

14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

20/1: Francesco Molinari

25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

Her overall assessment of her day?

“It was a great experience,” she said.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.