The PGA Championship has truly become a worldwide event thanks largely to the past two Champions representing South Korea and Ireland, respectively – along with the extensive TV and online coverage of the event available to golf fans around the globe.
Last year, nearly 200 countries and 581 million viewers tuned into televised coverage of the PGA Championship from Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., where Y.E. Yang became the first Asian-born winner of a men’s major championship. The PGA of America’s broadcasting agreement with Tokyo Broadcasting System ( TBS), Jupiter Golf Network and Dentsu beamed Yang’s historic victory into millions on Japanese homes – likely acting as catalyst for growing interest in the game among Asian countries.
This year, CBS Sports and TNT have reprised their roles as the U.S. broadcast partners for the PGA Championship, with additional on-site reporting by Golf Channel. CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2010 PGA Championship – “The Season’s Final Major, Glory’s Last Shot” – began
PGA Championship coverage available through a multitude of outlets
with the one-hour network special Road to the PGA Championship that first aired July 25 on CBS. This is the 20th consecutive year CBS Sports has covered the PGA Championship.
TN T, in its 11th consecutive year of broadcasting the PGA Championship, provides exclusive live coverage of the first two rounds, along with coverage of the early hours during the weekend rounds. In total, CBS and TNT will provide 30 hours of live television coverage from the 92nd PGA Championship.
Turner Sports, the parent company of TNT, also provides online coverage through the recently revamped PGA.com. Live broadband coverage is available through TNT simulcast, exclusive live
PGA Championship Television Times
(all times Central, subject to change)
TNT CBS Sports
11 a.m.–Noon 11:37–12:07 a.m. 11:37–12:07 a.m.
Preview Show, Sunday, Aug. 8
First Round, Thursday, Aug. 12
Second Round, Friday, Aug. 13
Third Round, Saturday, Aug. 14
Fourth Round, Sunday, Aug. 15
Noon– 7 p.m.
Noon– 7 p.m.
10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
video streams, bonus coverage and exclusive written reports from Whistling Straits. In 2009 PGA.com posted record numbers with 1. 4 million unique visitors each day of the PGA Championship. There were 206 million page views in total during the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, a 68 percent increase over the previous year.
Direc TV subscribers will able to view expanded coverage via three dedicated channels (chs. 702-705). In addition, the exclusive Mix Channel (ch. 701) allows to see all three of the channels together (Marquee Group, Featured Hole and Players in Depth) as well as the primary CBS telecast.
and Sam Snead were among those to lay claim to the Wanamaker Trophy. Hagen won four PGA Championships in a row in the mid-1920s, and his record of five total PGA Championships has been equaled only by Jack Nicklaus.
The PGA Championship switched to its current stroke play format in 1958. The format calls for four rounds of 18 holes, with the field reduced to the low 70 scorers and ties after the first 36 holes have been completed. If there’s a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate score playoff is held on holes 10, 17 and 18. If a tie remains after three holes, the remaining players will play a hole by hole playoff until one emerges victorious.
Many of the game’s greatest names have earned the title of PGA Champion during the stroke play era, from the aforementioned Nicklaus to Gary Player,
Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Payne Stewart, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Appropriately for an event first won by Barnes, a player born on foreign soil, the PGA
Championship has become a truly international event. More than 20 countries were represented in the field of the 2009 PGA Championship, and with his victory last year at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., Y.E. Yang
Since 1916, 12 internationally born players have combined to win 16 PGA Championships – most recently South Korea’s Y.E. Yang at last year's Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
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became the first Asian-born male golfer to win a major championship. Off the course, 875 media representatives from a total of 13 countries covered the event, and the Championship was televised in 197 countries, giving the event a potential reach of more than 581 million households.
Bolstered by players from around the globe, the PGA Championship has become known as the major championship with the strongest field. When Whistling Straits hosted the event in 2004, it boasted more players from the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking than any other event that season. As you would expect, getting into the field is no easy matter. The field is made up of all past winners of the PGA Championship, winners from the last five Masters, U.S. Opens and Open Championships, the 2010 Senior PGA Champion (Tom Lehman), the low 15 scorers and ties from the 2009 PGA Championship, the low 20 scorers at the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship, the 70 leaders on the PGA Championship points list (compiled from the 2009 WGC Bridgestone Invitational through the 2010 Greenbrier Classic), and winners of tournaments approved by the PGA Tour from the 2009 PGA Championship through this week. In addition, The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in these categories to fill the
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