Colin Montgomerie will serve as an analyst on ESPN’s coverage of The Open Championship, celebrating its 150th anniversary, from St. Andrews on July 15-18.
ESPN’s commentating team includes some of the most notable names in golf history. Montgomerie, who will play in the Open Championship and is the Captain of the European Ryder Cup team, joins Tom Watson, winner of five Open Championships (eight majors), two-time U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange and Andy North, Paul Azinger (winner of the ‘93 PGA Championship), Tom Weiskopf (73 Open Champion) and Rocco Mediate (2008 U.S. Open runner up).
Mike Tirico will anchor the telecasts with Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon and Sean McDonough serving as hole announcers. North, Bill Kratzert, World Golf Hall of Famer Judy Rankin and Mediate will work as on-course commentators. Tom Rinaldi and Wendy Nix will provide interviews and essays and Rick Reilly will contribute commentary.
“Colin will be a great complement to the rest of our team,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Mike McQuade. “He is an excellent communicator, who will share his extensive experience playing St. Andrews and the Open Championship. Plus, he will be able to provide a unique perspective of a player who just came off the course.”
Montgomerie is renowned for his play on the European Tour, having won a record eight Order of Merit titles and for his extraordinary performances in the Ryder Cup.
For the first time, ESPN will present live complete-round coverage of the Open Championship. ESPN’s live Open Championship coverage will be televised Thursday, July 15, and Friday, July 16, from 5 a.m.-3 p.m. ET; Saturday, July 17, from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 18, from 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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