The 2015 Masters on Global and TSN

For the third year in a row, TSN and Global split the broadcasting duties for golf’s first major of the year, The Masters, live from Augusta, Georgia. TSN will have the first two rounds, with Global taking the weekend rounds and extensive bonus coverage online. French-language coverage will be available on RDS.

Each round will have a one-hour preview show on the respective network and TSN2 will have a highlights show each night of each round. TSN.ca and TSN GO will have additional coverage of each round including two featured groups, Amen Corner, and holes 15 & 16. GlobalTV.com and Global Go will have streaming of the final two rounds.

TSN’s coverage of The Masters is hosted by James Duthie alongside analysts Bob Weeks and Jim Nelford, with reports from Cory Woron. In addition to preview and wrap up shows, Global’s Kevin Smith contributes reports for Global News. Duthie and Nelford deliver daily news updates and analysis for Sportscentre, with reports from Weeks.

Thursday: First Round, 2pm, TSN1/3/4
Friday: Second Round, 2pm, TSN
Saturday: Third Round, 2pm, Global
Sunday: Final Round, 3pm, Global
All times eastern

The 141st Open Championship Starts Tomorrow on TSN

Golf’s best players are at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club this weekend for the 141st playing of golf’s oldest championship, the Open. I’m sure I’m not the only Canadian who will wake up early to catch some early morning coverage the next two days. TSN will show all four rounds of coverage live, while ABC will also provide extended highlights of the third and fourth rounds. Here is TSN’s press released, followed by a list of commentators and a broadcast schedule.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood headline a packed field of the world’s top golfers heading to Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England for THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. TSN will deliver more than 30 hours of live THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP coverage of all four rounds from July 19 to 22.

With the coveted Claret Jug on the line TSN tees up the action heading into golf’s third major of the year with THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW SHOW on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN.

TSN’s resident golf expert Bob Weeks is on hand at THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP filing reports for SPORTSCENTRE throughout the week leading up to and during this year’s OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP.

In addition to live television coverage on TSN, TSN.ca has bonus live streaming with complete coverage of holes 9, 10 and 11 through all four rounds. Streaming begins when groups arrive at the ninth hole at approximately 5 am ET each day.

On the radio, fans can hear live coverage of THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto and TEAM 1410 in Vancouver.

TSN will once again use ESPN’s coverage of the Open. This is the third year ESPN has broadcast the tournament. Here are ESPN’s commentators.

Tower Announcers: Mike Tirico, Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon, Curtis Strange, Sean McDonough
Analysts: Paul Azinger, Tom Weiskopf, Peter Alliss
Course Reporters: Andy North, Judy Rankin, Bill Kratzert, Olin Browne
Interviews: Tom Rinaldi

Here is the broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.

Thursday 7/19, 4:30am-3:00pm – First Round – TSN
Friday 7/20, 4:30am-3:00pm – Second Round – TSN
Saturday 7/21, 7:00am-2:30pm – Third Round – TSN
Saturday 7/21, 3:00-7:00pm – The Open Today – ABC
Sunday 7/22, 6:00am-1:30pm – Final Round – TSN
Sunday 7/22, 3:00-7:00pm – The Open Today – ABC

US Open: This Weekend on TSN and NBC

The U.S. Open Golf Championship will play in primetime (on the East Coast) this Father’s Day weekend. TSN and NBC will show live coverage in Canada. Due to Euro 2012 and the NBA Finals, much of TSN’s coverage will only air on TSN2. Here is TSN’s press release.

It’s “Golf’s Toughest Test” and it’s coming to Canada’s Sports Leader, as TSN and TSN2 head to The Olympic Club in San Francisco this week for the 112th U.S. OPEN. Complete live coverage of all four rounds of the tournament begins Thursday, June 14 at 12 noon ET on TSN2 and concludes with the Final on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 (see broadcast schedule below).

Live coverage is also available on TSN Mobile TV and on the following Bell Media sports radio stations, which are carrying the Third and Final Rounds: TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, Team 1040 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.

French-language coverage of the 112th U.S. OPEN is available on RDS and RDS2.

Teeing up the networks’ coverage of golf’s second major event is a 60-minute U.S. OPEN PREVIEW SHOW today and tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2.

TSN’s Cory Woron hosts coverage of the U.S. OPEN on SPORTSCENTRE all week long from The Olympic Club with former PGA Tour professional Jim Nelford and ScoreGolf Magazine’s Bob Weeks, who files daily reports.

TSN.ca has live streaming of the 8th and 18th holes along with a daily marquee group for the first two rounds, giving fans exclusive live coverage of the U.S. OPEN that goes beyond the television broadcast. Throughout the tournament, TSN.ca also delivers up-to-the-minute news, daily highlights, features and exclusive player interviews from The Olympic Club.

Representing Canada at the 112th U.S. OPEN is Calgary’s Stephen Ames, who earned his invitation to the tournament last week at a U.S. Open sectional qualifying event in Memphis, TN. Ames is in tough against a field that boasts defending U.S. OPEN champion Rory McIlroy, along with former champions Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood, plus world No. 1-ranked golfer Luke Donald. Established in 1860, The Olympic Club is hosting the U.S. OPEN for the fifth time in club history.

The 112th U.S. OPEN is part of a jam-packed Father’s Day Weekend of sports on TSN and TSN2, which also features live action from UEFA EURO 2012, the NBA FINALS, CFL, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. CTV also has UEFA EURO 2012 coverage with Denmark vs. Germany on Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. ET.

NBC’s commentators are Bob Costas (host); Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller (18th tower); Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen (tower commentators); Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper (on-course reporters); and Jimmy Roberts (interviews).

ESPN’s commentators are Chris Berman and Roger Maltbie (hosts); Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger (18th tower); Curtis Strange, Scott van Pelt, Terry Gannon and Sean McDonough (tower commentators); Andy North, Judy Rankin and Bill Kratzert (on-course reporters); and Tom Rinaldi (interviews).

Here is the complete broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.

Thursday 6/14, 12pm-5pm – First Round – TSN2
Thursday 6/14, 3pm-5pm – First Round – NBC
Thursday 6/14, 5pm-8pm – First Round – TSN
Thursday 6/14, 8pm-10pm – First Round – TSN2
Friday 6/15, 12pm-5pm – Second Round – TSN2
Friday 6/15, 3pm-5pm – Second Round – NBC
Friday 6/15, 5pm-10pm – Second Round – TSN
Saturday 6/16, 4pm-10pm – Third Round – NBC
Sunday 6/17, 4:00pm-10:30pm – Final Round – NBC

The Masters: Start Today on TSN and Global

Its a sure sign of spring when The Masters roll around every April. Play of the 2012 tournament has already began. TSN and Global will broadcast the tournament in Canada. TSN will show the first two rounds live, while Global will show weekend play live. TSN will rebroadcast all four rounds in primetime. TVA Sports will air the first two rounds in French, while the main TVA network will takeover coverage on the weekend. TSN also has live streaming online.

The commentators are: Jim Nantz & Nick Faldo (18th hole), Peter Oosterhuis (17th), Verne Lundquist (16th), David Feherty (15th), Bill Macatee (14th), Peter Kostis (13th) and Ian Baker-Finch (11th/12th). Mike Tirico and Curtis Strange will join them hosting ESPN’s coverage from Butler Cabin on Thursday and Friday.

Here is the broadcast schedule.

Thursday April 5
2:00pm, First Round Preview Show – TSN
3:00pm, The Masters: First Round – TSN, TVA Sports
8:00pm, First Round rebroadcast – TSN
10:00pm, First Round recap – TVA Sports
11:35pm, First Round highlights – CBS

Friday April 6
2:00pm, Second Round Preview Show – TSN
3:00pm, The Masters: Second Round – TSN, TVA Sports
10:00pm, Second Round recap – TVA Sports
10:30pm, Second Round rebroadcast – TSN
11:35pm, Second Round highlights – CBS

Saturday April 7
11:00am, Third Round Preview Show – TSN
3:30pm, The Masters: Third Round – Global, TVA
10:00pm, Third Round rebroadcast – TSN
10:30pm, Third Round recap – TVA Sports

Sunday April 8
1:00pm, Final Round Preview Show – TSN
2:00pm, The Masters: Final Round – Global, TVA
10:00pm, Final Round rebroadcast – TSN
10:30pm, Final Round recap – TVA Sports

*Notes: TSN’s rebroadcasts are 2.5-3 hours long; TVA’s recaps are 1 hour long and CBS’s highlight shows are 15 minutes long.

2012 Golf on Global Schedule

A couple of season-long golf schedules to post this morning. Here is Global Television’s golf schedule for 2012. Global will broadcast weekend coverage of 20 regular season PGA Tour events (including the Canadian Open), all four PGA playoff events, two World Golf Championships and The Masters Tournament. All times are Eastern.

January
Saturday 1/28, 3:00pm – Farmers Open, 3rd round
Sunday 1/29, 3:00pm – Farmers Open, final round

February
Saturday 2/18, 3:00pm – Northern Trust Open, 3rd round
Sunday 2/19, 3:00pm – Northern Trust Open, final round
Saturday 2/25, 2:00pm – WGC: Match Play, quarterfinals
Sunday 2/26, 2:00pm – WGC: Match Play, championship

March
Saturday 3/3, 3:00pm – Honda Classic, 3rd round
Sunday 3/4, 3:00pm – Honda Classic, final round
Saturday 3/17, 3:00pm – Transitions Championship, 3rd round
Sunday 3/18, 3:00pm – Transitions Championship, final round
Saturday 3/24, 2:30pm – Arnold Palmer Invitational, 3rd round
Sunday 3/25, 2:30pm – Arnold Palmer Invitational, final round
Saturday 3/31, 3:00pm – Houston Open, 3rd round

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2012 Golf on TSN Schedule

A couple of season-long golf schedules to post this morning. First TSN’s schedule, then later Global’s. TSN will broadcast four PGA Tour events, all four Majors, the Ryder Cup, one World Golf Championship, three Senior Majors and two Women’s Majors, as well as three unofficial events in the fall. Here is their complete schedule. All times are Eastern.

February
Saturday 2/4, 3:00pm – Phoenix Open, 3rd  round – TSN
Sunday 2/5, 3:30pm – Phoenix Open, final round – TSN
Saturday 2/11, 3:00pm – Pebble Peach Pro-Am, 3rd round – TSN
Sunday 2/12, 3:30pm – Pebble Peach Pro-Am, final round – TSN

March
Saturday 3/10, 2:00pm – WGC: Cadillac Championship, 3rd round – TSN
Sunday 3/11, 3:00pm – WGC: Cadillac Championship, final round – TSN

April
Wednesday 4/4, 3:00pm – The Masters, par 3 contest – TSN
Thursday 4/5, 3:00pm – The Masters, 1st round – TSN
Friday 4/6, 3:00pm – The Masters, 2nd round – TSN

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The 2011 Presidents Cup on TSN and NBC

The 20111 Presidents Cup begins Thursday (Wednesday night here in Canada) in Melbourne, Australia. TSN owns Canadian broadcast rights to the Cup, while NBC will broadcast it in the United States. TSN will use NBC and Golf Channel’s coverage for all four rounds of the tournament. TSN will also show a Presidents Cup preview special on Tuesday November 15 at 11:30pm ET.

Terry Gannon and Curt Byrum will anchor coverage from the 18th tower on Thursday and Friday, while Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will take over on Saturday and Sunday. On-course and tower announcers will include Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Dottie Pepper and David Feherty. Jimmy Roberts will do interviews and essays.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule, all times ET.

Wednesday 11/16, 9:30pm-2am – Day 1, Foursome Matches – TSN
Thursday 11/17, 11:30am-4pm – Day 1, Foursome Matches (encore) – TSN
Thursday 11/17, 7:30pm-2am – Day 2, Four-ball Matches – TSN
Friday 11/18, 11:30am-4pm – Day 2, Four-ball Matches (encore) – TSN
Friday 11/18, 3pm-2am – Day 3, Foursome & four-ball matches – TSN2
Saturday 11/19, 8am-4pm – Day 3, Foursome & four-ball matches (encore) – NBC
Saturday 11/19, 6:30pm-12:30am – Day 4, Singles Matchplay – TSN
Sunday 11/20, 12pm-6pm – Day 4, Singles Matchplay – NBC

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TSN & CBC Combine to air Canadian Women’s Open

Canada’s national women’s golf championship, the Canadian Women’s Open, will take play at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec this coming weekend. Once again CBC is the primary rights holder as their deal with the LPGA continues. However, this year they have brought TSN into the fold to replace CBC Bold on Thursday and Friday. This is great news for Canadians because now more people will have access to the early round coverage.

CBC’s commentating team will consist of Ron MacLean providing play-by-play from the 18th tower, alongside analyst Gail Graham. Golf Channel’s Jane Crafter, Dawn-Coe Jones and Steve Armitage will be on-course reporters, walking with the top pairings. Elliotte Friedman will provide interviews from the 18th hole. Rod Black will anchor TSN’s coverage, with Bob Weekes doing interviews on the 18th hole.

Here is a quote from Julie Bristow, Executive Director, Studio and Unscripted Programming for CBC Television:

CBC’s commitment to supporting the CN Canadian Women’s Open runs deep, and it’s a source of pride for us to once again be able to bring the excitement of LPGA golf in Canada to fans across the country.

And a quote from Shawn Redmond, Vice President of Programming, TSN:

The CN Canadian Women’s Open is one of the marquee events on the Canadian golf calendar with an incredible field of world’s top players. We are looking forward to delivering the early round coverage to golf fans across the country.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule:
Thursday 8/25, 3-6pm – First Round – TSN (encore: 8pm ET on TSN2)
Friday 8/26, 3-6pm – Second Round – TSN (encore: 10pm ET on TSN2)
Saturday 8/27, 2-6pm – Third Round – CBC
Sunday 8/28, 2-6pm – Final Round – CBC

PGA Championship: Starts Thursday on TSN

The final major of the 2011 golf season, or glory’s last shot as it is known by many, begins this Thursday at Atlanta Athletic Club. TSN will again provide complete, live, coverage of the tournament in Canada. A total of 28 hours of live coverage will air on TSN between Thursday and Sunday. Coverage begins on Thursday afternoon at 1pm ET.

TSN will pick-up coverage from TNT and CBS in the United States. TNT’s commentary team of Ernie Johnson, Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert will provide coverage on Thursday, Friday and in the early hours of coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Jim Huber will provide interviews for TNT’s coverage. Several CBS analysts will also join TNT’s coverage on Thursday and Friday.

Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo will anchor CBS’s coverage of the third and fourth rounds from the 18th tower. The hole announcers for CBS will be Ian Baker-Finch (17), Gary McCord (16), Peter Oosterhuis (15), Verne Lundquist (14) and Bill Macatee (13). Peter Kostis and David Feherty will be reporting on-course. Macatee and Kostis will also host a highlights show on Thursday and Friday late-night on CBS.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule
Thursday 8/11, 1:00-7:00pm – First Round – TSN
Friday 8/12, 12:35-1:05am – First Round Highlights – CBS
Friday 8/12, 1:00-7:00pm – Second Round – TSN
Saturday 8/13, 12:35-1:05am – Second Round Highlights – CBS
Saturday 8/13, 11:00am-7:00pm – Third Round – TSN
Sunday 8/14, 11:00am-7:00pm – Final Round – TSN

The Canadian Open: This Weekend on TSN and Global

This has to be quick because I have things to do, but TSN and Global will have coverage of Canada’s National Golf Championship, the Canadian Open from Thursday through Sunday this weekend. TSN will use coverage from Golf Channel, while Global will use coverage from CBS. It is unclear who the commentators will be for either network at this time. Here is the full broadcast schedule:

Thursday 7/21, 3:00-6:00pm – First Round on TSN
Friday 7/22, 3:00-6:00pm – Second Round on TSN
Saturday 7/23, 3:00-6:00pm – Third Round on Global
Sunday 7/24, 3:00-6:00pm – Final Round on Global

The field includes Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, defending champ Carl Pettersson and Canadians Mike Weir and Stephen Ames.

TSN Has The 140th Open Championship

The 140th Open Championship, the oldest of golf’s majors, begins early tomorrow morning in Sandwich, England (could there be a better named venue for golf). This year’s event is at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club. This is the 14th time The Open has been held there. A total of 37 hours of live coverage of The Open will be aired on TSN this weekend. ABC will also have 3-hour recaps of the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

As usual, TSN will be picking up the ESPN coverage. Mike Tirico will be ESPN’s main commentator for the 15th consecutive year (to be technical, he was the main ABC commentator for many of those years). He will usually be joined by lead analyst Paul Azinger. The coverage will be hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Terry Gannon. Hole announcers will include Curtis Strange and Sean McDonough. Andy North, Billy Kratzert and Olin Browne will be on course. Tom Rinaldi will do interviews and features. Other contributors to ESPN’s coverage in the 18th tower will include BBC commentating legend Peter Alliss, Tom Weiskopf and, if he doesn’t make the cut, Tom Watson on the weekend.

During their coverage ESPN will run a Sport Science feature on how wind affects golf. Other features include a piece on US Open Champion Rory McIlroy, the engraver of the Claret Jug and a tribute to Seve Ballesteros who died earlier this year of cancer.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule for TSN and ABC
Thursday 7/14, 4:00am-3:00pm – First Round – TSN
Friday 7/15, 4:00am-3:00pm – Second Round – TSN
Saturday 7/16, 7:00am-2:30pm – Third Round – TSN
Saturday 7/16, 3:00-6:00pm – The Open Today – ABC
Sunday 7/17, 6:00am-1:30pm – Final Round – TSN
Sunday 7/17, 3:00pm-6:00pm – The Open Today – ABC

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TSN Secures The Open Championship Through 2017

With the 2011 Open Championship from the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England just a day away, TSN has announced it has secured exclusive Canadian coverage to The Open through 2017. French-language rights for RDS and radio coverage for TSN Radio 1050. The Open is golf’s oldest major and is played at the birthplace of golf, St. Andrews, every 5 years. In this broadcast cycle, St. Andrews will play host to The Open in 2015. This marks the second major broadcast deal this month for TSN, coming on the heals of their 10 year deal for The Championships, Wimbledon.

Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN said:

With its rich history, challenging conditions and some of the most renowned links courses in the world, THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP is definitely one of the highlights of the year for golf fans. We are delighted to extend our relationship with The R&A and give fans even more memorable moments from golf’s oldest major for the next six years.

I’ll have more information on TSN’s coverage of the 2011 Open Championship in the next post.

TSN Has the 111th US Open Championship

This weekend Congressional Golf Club in Bethesda, Maryland welcomes the best golfers in the world for the 111th US Open Golf Championship. TSN will have complete coverage of all four rounds beginning on Thursday morning. TSN will air 9 hours of coverage of each of the first two rounds, and 6 hours of coverage of each of the weekend rounds. That means a total of 30 hours of live coverage of the US Open will be available on Canadian TV. Irishman Graeme McDowell returns to defend his Championship. TSN will have Cory Woron, Jim Nelford and Bob Weekes in Maryland for preview and post-game shows each day.

TSN will latch on to the ESPN and NBC broadcasts throughout the tournaments. ESPN’s coverage will include the two crews of Chris Berman and Roger Maltbie (start and end of each day) and Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger (middle of each day) in the 18th hole tower. Hole announcers will be Curtis Strange, Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon and Sean McDonough. Andy North and Billy Kratzert will serve as on-course reporters. Rick Reilly will provide interviews and essays.

NBC’s broadcast team will feature Bob Costas hosting, with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller in the 18th tower. Gary Koch and Peter Jacobson will serve as tower reporters. Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper will be the on-course reporters. Jimmy Roberts will do interviews and essays throughout the weekend.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule
Thursday 6/16, 10am-3pm – First Round, part I (ESPN simulcast)
Thursday 6/16, 3pm-5pm – First Round, part II (NBC simulcast)
Thursday 6/16, 5pm-7pm – First Round, part III (ESPN simulcast)
Friday 6/17, 10am-3pm – Second Round, part I (ESPN simulcast)
Friday 6/17, 3pm-5pm – Second Round, part II (NBC simulcast)
Friday 6/17, 5pm-7pm – Second Round, part III (ESPN simulcast)
Saturday 6/18, 2pm-8pm – Third Round (NBC simulcast)
Sunday 6/19, 1:30pm-7:30pm – Final Round (NBC simulcast)

And the schedule of preview and post-game shows
Monday 6/13, 5:30pm – US Open Preview Show
Tuesday 6/14, 7:30pm – US Open Preview Show
Wednesday 6/15, 7:30pm – US Open Preview Show
Thursday 6/16, 7:30pm – First Round Recap (TSN2)
Friday 6/17, 7:30pm – Second Round Recap
Saturday 6/18, 1:00pm – Third Round Preview
Saturday 6/18, 9:00pm – Third Round Recap
Sunday 6/19, 12:30pm – Final Round Preview
Sunday 6/19, 8:00pm – Final Round Recap

The Players: This Weekend on Golf Channel and NBC

Again, another press release. This time for The Players Championship, or the “5th major”, on Golf Channel and NBC. Global TV will simulcast NBC’s coverage in Canada.

The NBC Sports Group will present 22 hours of live coverage with limited commercial interruption of THE PLAYERS Championship from the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla., this Thursday-Sunday on both Golf Channel and NBC. Golf Channel will also air 17 hours of Live from THE PLAYERSand 10 hours of golf re-airs to bring the total number of programming hours during the four days of the tournament to 49. This year marks the 30th year that THE PLAYERS has been held at TPC Sawgrass.

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, Golf Channel airs a special program, Golf Talk Live – a panel-discussion show featuring Johnny Miller, Frank Nobilo, Peter Jacobsen and moderated by Rich Lerner. The program is modeled after State of the Game Live, which aired prior to the NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the WGC-Accenture Championship in February.

This year’s field for THE PLAYERS is deep and features World No. 2 Martin Kaymer, No. 3 Luke Donald, No. 4 Phil Mickelson, No. 8 Tiger Woods, reigning champion Tim Clark, defending FedExCup champion Jim Furyk and current FedExCup points leader Bubba Watson. Some of the featured pairings for the first two rounds include Woods, Kaymer and Matt Kuchar, as well as Donald, Watson and Mark Wilson.

NBC SPORTS GROUP SCHEDULE FOR THE PLAYERS (all times ET):

Thursday
Live from THE PLAYERS 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Golf Channel
First Round Live 1-7 p.m. Golf Channel
Live from THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m. Golf Channel
First Round Re-Air 9 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Golf Channel

Friday
Live from THE PLAYERS 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Golf Channel
Second Round Live 1-7 p.m. Golf Channel
Live from THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m. Golf Channel
Second Round Re-Air 9 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Golf Channel

Saturday
Live from THE PLAYERS 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Golf Channel
Third Round Live 2-7 p.m. NBC
Live from THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m. Golf Channel
Third Round NBC Re-Air 9-11 p.m. Golf Channel

Sunday
Live from THE PLAYERS 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Golf Channel
Final Round Live 2-7 p.m. NBC
Live from THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m. Golf Channel
Fourth Round NBC Re-Air 9-11 p.m. Golf Channel

COMMENTATORS: Dan Patrick, who was nominated for a Sports Emmy for his studio host work on Football Night in America, returns as event host on Saturday and Sunday on NBC. Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller anchor “Golf Channel on NBC” coverage from the 18th-hole tower. Hicks and Miller are joined by tower reporters Gary Koch (17th hole) and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper; interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts and Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte.

Hicks and Miller will also participate in Golf Channel’s coverage on Thursday and Friday for the first time. Terry Gannon will host Golf Channel’s coverage with Frank Nobilo on Thursday and Nick Faldo on Friday. Maltbie, Jacobsen and Koch will provide tower coverage for Golf Channel while Rolfing and Pepper will work both the tower and the course over the two days. Philip Parkin will serve as an on-course reporter both days. Rich Lerner will serve as event host for Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday.

Seve Ballesteros Dead at 54

Some very sad news coming out of Spain this evening. Legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros has died at age 54 due to brain cancer. Ballesteros has fought a long battle with cancer since his retirement from golf in 2007. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October of 2008. He underwent multiple surgeries to remove the tumour and ultimately beat his first bought of cancer within the year. Yesterday Seve’s family released this message through his website.

The Ballesteros family informs that Seve’s neurological condition has suffered a severe deterioration. The family will inform accordingly about any change in his health condition and takes this opportunity of thanking everyone for the support that both Seve and his family have been receiving during all this time.

Ballesteros, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999, was a 5 time major champion. He is credited with reviving golf in Europe, and in particular his native country of Spain, in the 1980s. He was a 3-time Open Champion (1979, 1984, 1988) and twice a Masters champion (1980, 1983). He won a total of 45 European Tour events, four PGA Tour events, six Japan Tour events and 31 other professional wins around the world; giving him a career total of 54 career singles wins. His last European Tour win came on 21 May, 1995 at the Open de Espana.

Seve may best be remembered for his 9 Ryder Cup appearances for Europe, including one as an honourary captain. He was a member for 5 Ryder Cup winning teams. He has also competed in the Seve Trophy, named for him, five times, winning it once in 2000. The Seve Trophy pits the best golfers from Great Britain & Ireland against the rest Europe during Presidents Cup years. Ballesteros also won the World Cup of Golf twice (1976, 1977) and the Royal Trophy once in team play.

As sad as it is that one of golf’s great’s has passed away, it only seems right that it has happened on the weekend when all of Spain’s top golfers are at home for the Open de Espana. Of course, the Open de Espana was also Seve’s last Champions Tour win in 1995. The Open de Espana field includes golfers who were famous for player with Seve, such as Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie, as well as up-and-comers who he no doubt had an impact on just the same, such as Alvaro Quiros. You can watch live coverage of the 3rd round of the Open de Espana, where there will certainly be many tributes to Seve, live this morning on Golf Channel at 9:00am ET.

Writer’s Note: While I am too young to have seen Seve play at a high level, he is one of the many reasons why I love golf. He did so much for the sport, and even after death will continue to do so much for those with cancer through the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. He will be missed thoughout the entire golf world. Rest in peace.

Here is a great interview that the BBC’s Gary Lineker conducted with Seve during the 2009 Open Championship.