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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Golf Around the Clock

In case you hadn't realized it, there is wall-to-wall golf this weekend! With the Solheim Cup being in Ireland, the live broadcasts start in the middle of the night here in America, plus we've got European Tour and PGA Tour coverage. The Champions Tour is off and the Nationwide isn't being covered this week.

Here is a link for a PDF listing all the golf on GC through 6pm Sunday evening. It's the easiest way to keep up with it all, but here's a bit to get you oriented until you can download it. All the times are for the East Coast of the US.

Morning Drive is on this morning (Thursday) from 7am-9am as usual. It won't be on Friday because of all the golf.

The European Tour's Austrian Golf Open airs from 9am-noon.

Golf Central will broadcast the Solheim Cup opening ceremonies from noon-1pm.

The PGA's Tour Championship airs live from 1pm-6pm. Golf Central airs from 6pm-7pm, then the Tour Championship re-airs from 7pm-midnight. Then you get two-and-a-half hours of repeats (although the first hour of Golf Central may be new).

At 2:30am Friday the Solheim Cup starts and runs straight through until 1pm Friday afternoon. That's ten-and-a-half straight hours of live coverage! Give them credit for this one, folks -- this is as thorough as any of the men's majors get.

The Tour Championship picks up again at 1pm Friday. You should have that TV schedule downloaded by then!

All-in-all, it looks like GC will have things covered extremely well this weekend:
  • 27.5 hours of live coverage and some re-broadcasts of highlights from the Solheim Cup, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies
  • 12.5 hours of live PGA coverage, plus GC and NBC re-broadcasts
  • 11 hours of live ET coverage, plus a tape-delay of the 2nd round
For all the complaints we give them, they got it right this weekend. Way to go, GC!

Now if I can just figure out when to get some sleep...

1 comment:

  1. 10.5 hours of Golf Channel promos for their Big Break show. If that won't drive a person to drink, I don't know what will.

    A Steve Elling column on the LPGA might cause alcoholic intake if Golf Channel fails. Elling wrote this week about viewers passing on the Solheim Cup for Football. Other than a brief Saturday afternoon window of 1 hour in length, the SC won't be going up against football in any of its 28 or so hours of coverage on GC. Elling's rants on the LPGA are becoming increasingly delusional. He forgets about not so little things called time zones.

    On a serious note- I'll only watch the Solheim live on Sunday. I'll DVR and play back Friday and Saturday. On the former I have a Dr. appointment. You know how those things go. Five minutes with the doctor, 90 minutes waiting to be seen.