British Open TV Schedule 2012: When and Where to Catch Round 3 Action

Matthew Dicker@@MattDickerContributor IIIJuly 20, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Brandt Snedeker of the United States plays a shot during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 20, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The 141st Open Championship, better known stateside as the British Open, is off to a thrilling start.

Brandt Snedeker is off to an early lead in his quest to win his first major, local favorite Paul Lawrie is only a few strokes behind in second and Adam Scott is lurking in third after a record-tying opening round.

After two days of 4:30 a.m. ET start times, coverage on Saturday begins at a comparatively leisurely 7 a.m. ET. The round will be broadcast on ESPN and will continue until 2:30 p.m. ET. 

Shortly after the conclusion of coverage, ABC will air highlights of the round on The Open Championship Today from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., allowing non-nocturnal golf fans an opportunity to enjoy the Open. 

If 10.5 hours of coverage isn't enough for you, ESPN will broadcast The Best of the Open Championship at 7 p.m. ET. The program ends at 10 p.m., giving viewers 10 hours to rest and visit with loved ones before coverage begins anew at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

ESPN subscribers have the option to watch the tournament for free on ESPN3, the network's Internet streaming service. ESPN3 can be viewed at or on the free iPhone and iPad app WatchESPN.

Viewers in Great Britain will be able to watch the action on BBC One. Coverage of the third round begins at 12:10 p.m. and continues until 6:10 p.m., allowing for a brief news break before the broadcast of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Jehovah!