POSTED: Friday August 14th 2009
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Turner Sports Delivers First-Round Success for 2009 PGA Championship

PGA.com Posts Record-Setting Numbers for First-Round Coverage of the 2009 PGA Championship from Hazeltine National Golf Club

 

Site Sets Single-Day Unique Users, Live Video Streaming and On-Demand Video Records

 

Turner Sports, which has exclusive opening-round coverage of the 91st PGA Championship in Chaska, Minn., announced today that PGA.com’s traffic set a single-day site record with 1.4 million unique users.

 

The site featured full-round live streaming coverage of first-round leader Tiger Woods and his playing partners Padraig Harrington and Rich Beem. In addition to the record for unique users, PGA.com also delivered the second-highest total of single-day page views in its history, with 53 million. This trails only the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship (57.1 million page views).

 

On television, TNT’s overnight metered market ratings for its six hours of exclusive round one coverage (2 – 8 pm ET) enjoyed a 43% increase over last year (1.0 metered market rating  vs. 0.7 in 2008).  Overall, Turner Sports’ online golf portfolio, which includes PGA.com, Yahoo! and PIP streams, delivered 848,000 live player streams (+153% from 2008, +110% from 2007) and delivered a single-day, record-setting 1.1 million live player and on-demand video streams.

  

TNT returns to the airwaves today for an additional six live hours of exclusive, second-round coverage (2 -8 pm ET), including the entire round of Woods, Harrington and Beem. Ernie Johnson hosts alongside analyst Ian Baker-Finch, with reports from the course by Billy Kratzert (on-course reporter) and Jim Huber (essayist/interviewer).  TNT’s coverage continues into the weekend on Saturday (11 am – 2 pm ET) and Sunday (11 am - 2 pm ET).

 

PGA.com will feature two marquee groups during the final two rounds, marking the first time the site will follow more than one group for four days of the event.  In addition, PGA.com will also provide up-close footage of golfers’ play on challenging Par 3’s on holes #4, 8, 13 and 17, as well as a TNT Simulcast for the first two rounds. 

 

PGA.com’s coverage continues today with four video streams, three live, exclusively through PGA Championship LIVE.  Once again today the site will follow the threesome of Woods, Harrington and Beem (2:45 p.m. ET tee off), while fans chose through an online vote the second group of Anthony Kim, Adam Scott and Ryo Ishikawa (8:45 am ET). 

 

The PGA Championship LIVE streams include: 

·         Marquee Group Follow During all four rounds PGA.com will follow select groups during their rounds; on Thursday and Friday the first group will be selected by PGA.com, while fans can vote on a PGA.com poll to pick the second group.  PGA.com announcers will include Marc Fein (play-by-play), Michael Breed (analyst) and Brian Katrek and Craig Sager (reporters).

·         Par 3 Watch the world’s best golfers play the challenging Par 3’s as PGA.com isolates #4, 8, 13 and 17 throughout the Championship.

·         TNT Simulcast A simulcast of the TNT television production will air on Thursday and Friday with an hour of bonus coverage from 1-2 p.m. (ET) followed by TNT coverage from 2 p.m.–5 p.m. (ET), allowing fans to follow along before they get home from work.

·         Inside the Ropes PGA Professional Michael Breed will be joined by Hazeltine National’s PGA Head Professional Mike Schultz to give hole-by-hole analysis of how players must play the course in order to win the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.

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