2012 PGA Championship: TNT and CBS Are Ready for an Epic Broadcast

James Williams@WordmandcAnalyst IIIAugust 6, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - MAY 27:  Eduardo Romero of Argentina lines up a putt on the 14th hole during the final round of Senior PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Resort on May 27, 2007 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The duo of TNT and CBS will come together this week to broadcast the PGA Championship from The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. The CBS production team headed by Coordinating Producer of Golf Lance Barrow will handle the television coverage of all four days. So, all the live production viewers see will be provided by a CBS crew of 70 cameras and almost 700 technicians.

For TNT, the on-air broadcast team will be headed by host Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ian Baker-Finch (analyst), Billy Kratzert (analyst) and Vince Cellini will handle all the interviews for the Championship.This the 22nd year that TNT has covered the PGA Championship, and they will be the cable home of the event for all four rounds. 

For CBS, the broadcast team is led by Jim Nantz, along with Sir Nick Faldo, who will join the TNT team on Thursday and Friday. The two networks will both have broadcasters who will do double duty throughout day one and two of the coverage.   

As for Saturday and Sunday, Nantz and Faldo will be joined by their regular team of Peter Oosterhuis, Verne Lundquist and David Feherty. Also on the coverage will be Bill Macatee, Peter Kostis and Ian Baker-Finch.

In conversation earlier today with Barrow via phone conference, he told me that CBS would be feeding the telecast to over 300 countries worldwide.

As always, Feherty was good for a fun quote: “Because of the intense winds you get when you play at the Ocean Course a player wants to keep the ball low just like you would on any links course. However, this is not a traditional links course because the greens are elevated so that really causes plenty of headaches. Let me say this I am just glad that I am not playing that course this week.”

Should fans wish to view the broadcast via broadband, the TNT coverage can be seen on PGA.com while the CBS coverage will be on CBSSports.com.

Those who have DirecTV will as usual be able to follow PGA Mix Channel (701). They will offer four channels—all in HD and on one screen—so viewers can get a more in-depth look at the tournament.

Viewers can watch all four channels at the same time, or click and tune in directly to the TNT/CBS network (702), the Marquee Group, (703), Featured Holes (704) and Players in Depth (705). 

The PGA Championship radio is on Sirius-XM. Earl Forcey is the host with analyst John Maginnes, with hole-by-hole updates from roving reporters Mark Carnevale, Dennis Paulson and Bill Rosinski.

On-course coverage will start Thursday and Friday at 12:00 pm ET and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm ET. It will continue until the conclusion of each day’s play.

Here is the daily telecast schedule:

All times are Eastern Daylight time.

Thursday, August 9—Round 1

TNT—1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 10—Round 2

TNT—1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 11—Round 3

TNT—11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CBS—2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 12—Round 4

TNT—11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CBS—2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


*All quotes in this story came from a conference call Monday provided by CBS Sports.