ESPN to Present All Four Rounds of The Open Championship from St. Andrews; Production in High Definition for First Time
For the first time, ESPN will televise live all four rounds of The Open Championship, celebrating its 150th anniversary, July 14-18 from St. Andrews Royal & Ancient Golf Club in Fife, Scotland. The network will televise 37 hours of action: Thursday, July 15, and Friday, July 16, from 4 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. Live coverage will also be available via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV, and ESPN Deportes will televise The Open Championship Thursday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ESPN’s commentating team will include some of the most notable names in golf, who together have amassed 14 major championships: Tom Watson, winner of five Open Championships (eight majors), will join Curtis Strange and Andy North (both two-time winners of the U.S. Open), and Paul Azinger (winner of the ‘93 PGA Championship and 2008 Ryder Cup Captain). Open Champion Tom Weiskopf, the BBC’s Peter Alliss and the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate will also serve as analysts. European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie will also join ESPN’s announce team.
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 Wendi Nix will provide interviews and essays, and Rick Reilly will contribute commentary. Full Release