British Open TV Coverage 2012: When and Where to Watch for All 4 Days

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJuly 14, 2012

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 5: Webb Simpson (L) and Tiger Woods walk off the tee box on the sixth hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 5, 2012 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Two majors down, two to go.

The 2012 British Open provides plenty of storylines to fall in love with. Will Tiger Woods win another major? Will Phil Mickelson return to the top of the mountain? Will someone rise to the top when nobody expects them to?

These questions will be answered next weekend. Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the British Open. 

When: July 19-22

Where: Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England 

Watch: ESPN and ABC

TV Schedule according to

Thursday, July 19: 5 a.m.-3.p.m. ET on ESPN

Friday, July 20: 5 a.m.-3 p.m. ET on ESPN

Saturday, July 21: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on ESPN

Sunday, July 22: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday, July 22: 3-6 p.m. ET on ABC (Tape Delay) 


Players to watch

Tiger Woods

Tiger haters look away. 

Woods is always and should always be on top of lists when talking about any golf subject. The world doesn't care too much when he's not involved, and I don't blame it.

He brings the passion, the energy, the buzz and the talent to the course, and when he's on his game, there is nothing better in the game of golf.

Woods is still looking to win that first major since his struggles with marriage and his home life. He has been close, however, and he's on the cusp of returning to glory. 


Phil Mickelson

At the British Open, one can expect rain and harsh winds. This is something that Mickelson would enjoy, however.

According to Steve Douglas of Associated Press, Mickelson is relishing his "bad-weather player" role. 

I don’t know where that happened along the way, whether it was last year or whether it was five, 10 years ago. But he says he started 'to really enjoy the tough weather conditions and I hope that it’s that way next week, too.'

Mickelson will most likely receive his wishes of the course being sloppy and difficult to play.  


Luke Donald

World No. 1 players in any sport MUST win a major tournament to be considered the best player in the world, in my eyes.

So far, golf's World No. 1 has yet to accomplish that feat.

Donald has been successful in tournaments other than majors, but just like we have seen in the past, you don't get to elite status without a major championship.

We'll see how Donald, from Hertfordshire, England, handles the pressures of being the top-dog in the British Open. 



Mickelson wins another major. I'm not confident he can stay afloat for four consecutive rounds given his struggles this year, but I do like his golf game in poor conditions.

If he can remain consistent throughout, Mickelson will walk away with another major championship.