Thursday, July 18th, 2019


Coverage Enhancements Include Most Cameras of Any Golf Event, Toptracer & Bunker Cam Technology, Popular “Playing Through” Commercial Break Format

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland, (July 15, 2019) – As golf’s original major championship descends upon Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, NBC Sports today kicked off its weeklong on-site coverage surrounding The 148TH Open from Royal Portrush Golf Club. With 410 total hours of coverage in the lead-up to and throughout The Open this week, coverage is led by 200 hours of linear programming, coupled with 210 complementary hours of streaming coverage, including featured holes and marquee groups. Spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot through Sunday’s final putt, NBC Sports’ Emmy-nominated tournament coverage will feature nearly 50 live hours, annually the most live coverage hours from any golf event, which this week will be complemented by nearly 70 hours of news programming, led by Golf Central Live From The Open, which will offer expanded weekend coverage this year.

“The tradition that surrounds golf’s original championship takes on added significance this week with The Open returning to Northern Ireland,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “Our extensive approach will feature an unprecedented amount of coverage, with live coverage from the first tee shot early Thursday morning through the final putt on Sunday evening. One of the things that makes The Open so unique is its visual appeal, especially when the element of weather comes into play as it so often does.”

AN HOMAGE TO NORTHERN IRELAND AND ITS ROLE IN GAME OF THRONES: In a tribute to The Open’s return to Northern Ireland and its proximity to the numerous and iconic set locations for the popular HBO series, NBC Sports will incorporate a handful of content elements that highlight the intersection of golf’s original championship with visuals synonymous with Game of Thrones. Voiced by the series’ Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), those elements will include the GOLF Films Short “The North,” which focuses on the defining landscape traits surrounding Royal Portrush, and what’s at stake for those in the field at The 148TH Open.

COVERAGE ENHANCEMENTS AT THE 148TH OPEN: NBC Sports’ coverage of The Open will utilize 150 cameras, the most for any golf event, and will employ additional production enhancements such as:
“PLAYING THROUGH” COMMERCIAL BREAK FORMAT: Enhancing both the viewership and commercial experience, NBC Sports’ popular “Playing Through” split-screen commercial format returns for The Open, ensuring viewers don’t miss key stretches of the action during commercial breaks. During NBC Sports’ coverage of The Open at Carnoustie in 2018, an additional 181 shots of live golf were shown because of “Playing Through”.
GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE OPEN EXPANDED WEEKEND COVERAGE: Golf Central Live From The Open will feature expanded hours on Saturday-Sunday, complementing NBC’s early coverage from Royal Portrush. Coverage will include live look-ins at the practice ground as the leaders prepare for their round.
TOPTRACER TECHNOLOGY: Coverage will have the capability of utilizing Toptracer on all 18 holes at Royal Portrush. Topracer will be utilized on tee shots either via live video or via NBC Virtual Follow, a live trace over a graphic representation of the hole. Toptracer also will be featured on approach shots via cameras that can travel anywhere on the course.
BUNKER CAMS: NBC Sports’ coverage of The Open will once again make use of the popular “bunker cam” technology, embedding a camera into the lip of seven bunkers at Royal Portrush to offer a unique perspective as players attempt to make their escape.
INFLUENCE OF WIND: Wind indicators will be utilized around the course to measure changes in wind conditions in real-time, providing immediate ultra-precise data so viewers can easily distinguish what a player is facing over a given shot.


Monday, July 15
7-9 a.m. Morning Drive
9-11 a.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sky Sports – On The Range
7-9 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open

Tuesday, July 16
6-10 a.m. / Noon-2 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
10 a.m.-Noon Morning Drive
9-10 p.m. Vantage Point with Mike Tirico

Wednesday, July 17
6-10 a.m. / Noon-2 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
10 a.m.-Noon Morning Drive
11-11:30 p.m. The Men in Blazers (NBCSN)

Thursday, July 18
Midnight-1:30 a.m. Midnight Drive
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Open – First Round
4-5 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
11-11:30 p.m. The Men in Blazers (NBCSN)

Friday, July 19
1:30-4 p.m. The Open – Second Round
4-5 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
11-11:30 p.m. The Men in Blazers (NBCSN)

Saturday, July 20
5-7 a.m. The Open – Third Round
7-11 a.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
7 a.m.-3 p.m. The Open – Third Round (NBC)
3-4 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
1-1:30 a.m. The Men in Blazers (NBCSN, Saturday Overnight)

Sunday, July 21
4-7 a.m. The Open – Final Round
7-10 a.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
7 a.m.-2 p.m. The Open – Final Round (NBC)
2-4 p.m. Golf Central Live From The Open
10-10:30 p.m. The Men in Blazers (NBCSN)