Posted July 19, 2014

ESPN to Offer Tiger Woods-Only Broadcast During British Open

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Tiger Woods 2006 British Open

Tiger Woods at the 2006 British Open at Royal Liverpool (Getty Images).

The return of the British Open to Royal Liverpool marks Tiger Woods’ return to major competition — an occasion duly noted by ESPN.

As part of its coverage of the event, ESPN3 will offer a live feed following Woods for the entirety of every round he plays.

Woods has yet to compete in a major this season, having missed the Masters and the U.S. Open due to back surgery (and TV ratings have sagged during his absence). But he’s returning to a site of happy memories. In 2006, the last time Royal Liverpool hosted the Open, Tiger collected his 11th major title, shooting a four-round total of 18-under par, and hitting all but one green in regulation on Sunday.

In addition to its live Tiger feed, ESPN will offer more than 65 total hours of television coverage of the Open, including live coverage of all four rounds July 17-20. According to the network, ESPN and WatchESPN will carry 11 scheduled hours of live play for the first two rounds starting Thursday at 4 a.m. Eastern. For Saturday’s third round coverage will begin at 7 a.m. and the final round on Sunday will start at 6 a.m.

Will you watch Tiger-only golf? Join the debate in the comments below.

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363 comments
CoachRaybo
CoachRaybo

Let see ESPN announces it will have complete coverage of Tiger's  for all those that are Tiger fans and want to watch one of the greatest golfers ever.   And this thread has a couple hundredTiger haters posting right now about anything they can that they think proves Tiger can't play golf.  I have a feeling more people will watch Tiger than will read these  ridiculous posts.  Sorry haters.

Jockomo Meaux
Jockomo Meaux

The Channel for the stalking, blind, worshiping, losers.

PoPaul
PoPaul

Wow, Tiger getting his own ESPN television channel. That is SO COOL. Even Nicklaus never got that kind of coverage. The Tiger-haters must be boiling in anger. Maybe if you haters yelled a little louder or posted a lot more hateful comments, then maybe ESPN will hear you.

I got an idea. Maybe if all you haters can get together and start posting Tiger hate messages from day till night over the next week, and if you can get to 10,000 hate messages, then maybe, just maybe ESPN will give you guys your own television channel. It can be called “ESPN44-The Tiger Haters Channel.” It can be something of a talk show hosted by let’s see, Bill O’Reilly or Russ Limbaugh. You can have guests come on and speak about how much they hate Tiger Woods and during commercial breaks, you can have ads featuring Ted Cruz and Ann Coulter talking about how much they hate Obama. Wow, now that show would be a sure hit.

Season 1 Guests: John Feinstein, Alex Miceli, Sergo Garcia, Brandell Chamblee, Rick Reilly

Season 2 Guests: Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Hank Haney, Steve Williams, Michael Bamberger

Season 3 Guests: Steve Flesch, Christine Breenan, Butch Harmon, Anyone from Golf Digest

Okay guys, start typing away with those hate messages…LOL! 

Hokieduck
Hokieduck

You mean ESPN is calling it what it has already been for years.  All Tiger all the time.  Thankfully, it will only be a two day event. 

Reedster
Reedster

ESPN is topping it and going one step further - They will have "King James" broadcasting and the Loud Mouthed, Punk, POS Richard Sherman doing interviews on the course.....

Shaupeen
Shaupeen

So, the coverage will be pretty much like every other tournament he's been in for the last 18 years?

zorro
zorro

No one else matters. Who cares who wins? I'll watch Tiger to see whether he plays well or sucks. Thanks ESPN.

Shawn Grogan
Shawn Grogan

Chris Anderson has man boobs and wants Tiger to suck them!

stz1942
stz1942

Tiger used to mean something as a role model before he ran into that tree...now there is only Jeter and he's hanging it up...the sports world is left with self obsessed morons like Lebron, Johnny Football, RGIII, Richard Sherman,  Puig, ARoid, Prince Fielder, Zambrano etc etc etc

Chris Tate
Chris Tate

They will have to show somebody else on the weekend.

Tom Tiberio
Tom Tiberio

Why? Only a casual single-minded idiotic golf fan would watch that. But I'm sure the ratings will be big because this country is filled with morons. I pray he misses the cut just to see what Espn will show on Saturday and Sunday. Jack's record is "incredibly" safe. Hey casual golf fan...did you know that once you lose your putting stroke it never comes back. That's why Tiger doesn't scare ANYBODY anymore.

Greg Reeder
Greg Reeder

Of course I will watch. Who wouldn't? He's the greatest golfer of our generation! It's like watching Ali, Jordan, Musial, Barry Sanders, etc....

sogara321
sogara321

How is that different from any other tournament coverage when Woods is playing?

Gale McNeill
Gale McNeill

I have an appointment to have my eyelashes pulled out one at a time

JBub
JBub

I don't see myself watching. I have always been "Tiger neutral". It is, however, a smart marketing move by ESPN. But I think it was done mainly because Woods is a polarizing figure and will generate enough initial viewer interest in both camps. It was clearly not done because of the current state of Tiger's golf game, so viewer interest may well be short-lived.

James Marshall
James Marshall

You people are in the minority when Tigers not playing whether he's playing well or poorly ratings around the world to drop by 30 percent on television so there's a lot of people who are going to watch. ESPN knows it and when he holds up the trophy I'm going to remember all of yalls posts and laugh.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Isn't the Golf Channel where they normally televise former greats who are no longer competitive on the real tours?

JoelGoodman
JoelGoodman

WHERE CAN I WATCH A NO TIGER COVERAGE AT ALL?

eldrickwo10
eldrickwo10

what are their plans for the weekend

BillPucci
BillPucci

Well if you watch golf on a regular basis most networks cover Tiger almost exclusively.Whether he is in the lead or 15 shots back. All you see is Tiger at the expense of the rest of the field














TigerDaMan
TigerDaMan

Yes ...It will be Fantastic to watch Tiger Woods-0nly in all his "Glory" and "putting It InDa Hole"... He adds that drive to keep "Golf" alive and well .. 

Vince Marano
Vince Marano

Could care less and definitely will not watch!

Reedster
Reedster

Shitfuk, Van Suckle & Bumblefukker will all be glued to ESPN 3 sporting woodies......

Stephen35
Stephen35

This might start a cool trend of customized viewing of certain players, pairings, top 5 leaders, whatever. Like the Red Zone option on NFL feeds. I'd be all for that. As for all the typically lame Tiger haters - the thing you all have trouble accepting is that these decisions are simple economics. Tiger still moves needle. It doesn't matter why and ESPN does care. In fact, all the anti-Tiger comments are also moving the needle so even your continually lame  Tigger-Puddy Tat-Pancake House Waitress rants just help feed this kind of differentiation between Tiger and the rest of the PGA.  So basically you all help create the Tiger Channel because all the sponsors see are hits and eyes. They don't care if it's positive or negative - it is traffic to the sponsors, plain and simple

Bbear
Bbear

stated from Tom the narcissist!

JamesB
JamesB

You put "incredibly" in quotation marks, but I'm the idiot.  Gee willickers!

jdvernell
jdvernell

so incredible Jack thinks he will catch & pass him, but that is just Jacks opinion.

jdvernell
jdvernell

That seems like something you should think about, maybe a bikini wax while you're at it.

jdvernell
jdvernell

@RobertSmith  No the golf Channel is where they televise the REAL tournaments and it is ESPN that wants to televise Tiger, obviously you aren't a golfer.

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