If you’ve been grinding out the final two marathon days, I’ve some excellent news. You can sleep in a little bit bit. You can’t sleep in rather a lot bit, just a bit bit extra. After two 14.5 hour broadcasts for the primary two rounds, the sphere has been minimize all the way down to 79 gamers and Golf Channel is not going to come on the air till three hours in a while Saturday.
The Thursday-Friday protection on the Open are the 2 longest broadcasts of the 12 months. They go stay from the very first tee shot at 1:30 a.m. within the jap U.S. and don’t log out till Four p.m., normally as the ultimate group is ending up play deep into the night in Scotland.
The full area will clearly nonetheless go off No. 1 tee, however the R&A is just not precisely in a rush to get them on the market on the break of day. The first tee time is just not till 4:15 a.m., or 9:15 a.m. native. By that point, the solar could have allowed for 3 or 4 hours of golf in the event that they actually wished to get loopy. But the tee sheet is ready for a Three p.m. end again within the States, and an eight p.m. end on Sky Sports over in Europe. TV will at all times affect how the tee sheet works at these majors. There’s an excessive amount of cash being spent.
At this level, the R&A has the schedule fairly expertly set out. They know the way the tempo of play will work and know precisely after they wish to have issues shut over the 2 completely different weekend rounds. Sunday truly finishes a little bit earlier, except there’s some type of 30-minute drop and ruling like final 12 months with Jordan Spieth at Birkdale.
After Golf Channel had the reins for all the first two days, NBC now comes off the bench for the weekend end. They shall be stay every day at 7 a.m. and take it house into the afternoon from there. The lead workforce of Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller could have the decision on the finish, with Mike Tirico and Nick Faldo in all probability rotating in a bit too. Miller has hinted at retirement earlier than and it’s unclear if he has a contract for subsequent 12 months, so this might conceivably be the ultimate main he works within the tower.
So stand up early on Saturday, make your espresso, and watch some main golf. You’ll have the afternoon to your self and simply realize it’s nothing in comparison with the marathons of the earlier two days. Here are your media choices for Saturday on the British Open:
Saturday’s third spherical protection (all instances Eastern)
4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. — Golf Channel
7 a.m. to three p.m. — NBC
4:30 a.m. to three p.m. — Golf Channel/NBC simulcast stream
4:30 a.m. to three p.m. — “Spotlight” protection
5 a.m. to three p.m. — 3-hole stream specializing in Nos. eight to 10
5 a.m. to three p.m. — Marquee teams stream
Four a.m. to three p.m. — Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)