PGA Golf: The Players Championship a True Made-for-Television Event

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIMay 7, 2012

The Island Green at the TPC at Sawgrass is the star of the show
The Island Green at the TPC at Sawgrass is the star of the showScott Halleran/Getty Images

There simply is not a more entertaining place to watch golf either on television or in person than the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, the home The Players Championship since 1982. The course is why of all the non major’s on the PGA  Tour, this tournament is one that most golfers look forward to playing each year.

The Pete Dye designed course is both a golfer’s dream as well as a nightmare at the same time. The layout is long 7,215 yards but fair.The signature hole is the famed “Island Green”   par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

The course itself is as much a star as the golfers that play it. Like Augusta National and Pebble Beach this is a place on every golfers "bucket list." Clearly it is a natural for television and the casual fan enjoys watching this tournament because of the many challenges that it presents.  

So the big names are out in force with Rory McIlroy as the favorite but the field includes Lee Westwood  Luke Donald,  Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.   This glamour field will get plenty of coverage starting Thursday through Sunday on the Golf Channel as well as NBC.

Tom Roy, NBC senior golf producer has crafted some cool things around the famed "Island Green." He has a camera that is manned sitting out just above the water to get all the shots on the green. They also have a camera that is remote and is in the water off the 17th green, again to capture all the shot's from every angle. 

According a press release received today by Bleacher Report from NBC they plan total coverage of every hole of the tournament and then some.

Golf Channel and NBC will combine to present 22 hours of live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday, with limited commercial interruption from TPC Sawgrass.    

Here is all you need to know about The Players coverage. 

Thursday and Friday:

TV: The Golf Channel live coverage will take place from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. ET both days, with a prime-time encore showing of the highlights of the day from 9 p.m. until midnight ET.

Saturday and Sunday the action moves over to the Golf Channel on NBC where both day's they will have coverage from 2 p.m. til 7 p.m.

Radio can be found all four days on Sirius-XM PGA from noon til 7 p.m. through Sunday and the broadband coverage for the entire tournament can be found at