For the first time in the history of golf, every single shot hit by every single player in the field will be available to watch in real-time.
On Monday morning, the PGA Tour, in conjunction with broadcast partner NBC Sports, announced that at the 2020 PLAYERS Championship, every shot will be available to be streamed online for all four rounds. The streaming will be available via PGA TOUR LIVE on either NBC Sports Gold or Amazon Prime Video Channels.
“The PGA TOUR is the most content-rich sport on the planet and we have been focused on expanding the amount of content we bring to our fans from our competitions,” said Rick Anderson, Chief Media Officer for the TOUR. “Our vision is to bring every shot in every PGA TOUR golf tournament live and on-demand to our fans, and this is the first step to making that happen.”
From the Tour’s release:
PGA TOUR Entertainment and NBC Sports Group will accomplish the monumental task of showcasing more than 32,000 shots over 72 holes from a starting field of 144 – live – by utilizing nearly 120 cameras positioned throughout THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, with each group having its own dedicated stream.
In addition to the streaming of the entire tournament, the Tour also announced that that they are launching TOURCast.
Further, the PGA TOUR will be launching an all-new TOURCast product that will allow fans to follow every shot from each group with a beautiful 3D rendering of the golf course and shot trails. The new TOURCast platform will also include deep access to the PGA TOUR’s ShotLink powered by CDW data, as well as video clips of every single shot available for fans to see, on demand. The launch of TOURCast at THE PLAYERS will mark the start of every event in the PGA TOUR Season through the FedExCup Playoffs being offered on the platform. TOURCast will be available on the PGA TOUR’s mobile apps and website.
If TOURCast sounds familiar, that’s because the Tour actually launched it back in 2003 for a brief time.
THE PLAYERS Championship will take place March 12-15, 2020 at TPC Sawgrass.
Dan is the co-founder of The Stiff Shaft and the website’s Senior Writer. A South Florida native, Dan has been covering golf since 2013 and playing it his entire life. He is still waiting for his first hole-in-one.