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Marquee Groups Highlight 93rd PGA Championship Coverage on TNT and PGA.com, Aug. 11-14

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Categories: NewsTournaments

TNT Tees Off 13th Consecutive Year of PGA Championship Coverage, Thurs.-Fri, 1-7 p.m. ET and
Sat.-Sun, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; PGA Championship LIVE Features Marquee Groups on PGA.com

Marquee groups highlight TNT and PGA.com’s coverage of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Beginning on Thursday, Aug 11 a featured group including professional golf’s 2011 major champions to date: Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open), Darren Clarke (British Open) and Charl Schwartzel (Masters) tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET.  Former PGA Champions Martin Kaymer (2010), Y.E. Yang (2009) and Shaun Michel (2007) also will be a featured group as they begin play at 1:15 p.m. ET. TNT’s coverage on Friday, Aug. 12 (1-7 p.m. ET) will have four-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods, 1997 PGA Champion and 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love III and 2008 PGA Champion Padraig Harrington teeing off at 1:45 p.m. ET on the second day of coverage. Friday also features a threesome of PGA Champions Phil Mickelson (2005), David Toms (2001) and Vijay Singh (1998) teeing off at 1:25 p.m. ET. Recent Bridgestone Invitational champion Adam Scott, along with Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa and Matteo Manassero also will tee off on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

PGA Championship LIVE, PGA.com’s award-winning video player, will be following Marquee groups with a combined 21 major championships. This year’s first PGA.com marquee group, Woods, Love III and Harrington will be the featured troika teeing off  on Thursday morning at 8:35 a.m. ET and Friday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. ET McIlroy, Clarke and Schwartzel will be the other threesome highlighted during Rounds 1 & 2 as they tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:45 a.m. ET on Friday. Marquee pairing for Rounds 3 & 4 will be determined following Friday’s action.

Turner Sports will provide extensive exclusive television, online and mobile coverage as it presents the 93rd PGA Championship, professional golf’s final major championship of the season, from the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 11-14. TNT will tee-up 18 hours of exclusive live coverage including six hours each day on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12 (1-7 p.m. ET), as well as early live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday (11a.m. – 2 p.m. ET).  TNT’s announce team features two-time Emmy® award-winning host Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ian Baker-Finch (analyst), Billy Kratzert (analyst) and Jim Huber (interviewer/essayist)  calling the Championship. This is the 21st consecutive year that Turner Sports will air the PGA Championship and 13th straight year on TNT.

PGA.com’s coverage will have Will Haskett (play by play), Michael Breed (analyst), Brian Katrek (reporting) and Craig Sager (reporting) providing commentary, analysis, as well as following all of the storylines throughout PGA.com’s live coverage.

PGA.com will offer live coverage through its broadband channels including multiple live video streams, marquee groups and par-3 coverage from PGA Championship LIVE, the debut of a new 360 degree camera, an enhanced video highlight hub and live action updates from PGA.com writers. In addition, PGA.com’s award-winning mobile coverage returns with a free PGA Championship App for iPhone and iPod touch sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.  PGA.com’s live player content also will be optimized for the iPad.

Other features slated on PGA Championship LIVE include:
·         360 Degree Camera: For the first time during the PGA Championship, fans will be able to access a 360 degree camera that provides a panoramic look and natural sound of the course. Users can drag the camera right, left, or up and down in a 360 degree circle to see action from various vantage points including the practice range, putting green and other course locations.
·         Live Insider: Through live action updates, PGA.com writers will be able to update fans and answer questions about the exciting action on and around the course.
·         Video Highlight Hub: In the expanded and enhanced video highlight hub, fans can customize their video experience, search and browse by Player, Round, Hole or Memorable Moment to create an on-demand album from the 2011 PGA Championship.

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