ESPN plots Open coverage

ESPN hits The Open next week with a lineup of 65 hours of programming of all four rounds from July 16-19. ESPN and WatchESPN serve up 11 scheduled hours of live play from each of the first two rounds on July 16-17 from 4a-3p, while the third round on July 18 runs live from 7a-2:30p and the final round on July 19 at 6a-1:30p. One new element in the works will include a three-hour telecast of the Champion Golfers’ Challenge at 11a on July 15 on ESPN2. Of course, SportsCenter will originate from the site of the championship with a one-hour special SportsCenter at The Open program on July 15 at 2p on ESPN2. Mike Tirico serves as lead announcer and will be joined by Paul Azinger. In addition, ESPN3 offers golf four options for a second-screen experience during The Open that includes: a daily Featured Players feed; a feed of the famous “Road Hole” at St Andrews; and a Spanish-language feed.

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