PGA of America Lays Out Bevy of Digital Offerings for 2020 PGA Championship
With a robust, multichannel digital suite, the PGA of America’s interactive platforms and partners will bring to life the excitement of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco in real-time, from Aug. 3-9. Fans will be able to enjoy the PGA Championship in more ways and for more hours than ever before. The PGA of America, and its media partners ESPN and CBS, will deliver a multi-platform presentation and wall-to-wall coverage each day on ESPN, ESPN+, CBS, PGAChampionship.com and the official apps on iOS and Android.
The PGAChampionship.com website and apps will present comprehensive live coverage, with engaging content for all golf and sports fans including: LIVE scoring and leaderboard updates, PGA Championship LIVE on the Range, a LIVE Minute-by-Minute blog that recaps and highlights breaking news and player updates from the course, more than 1,000 automated video shot-by-shot recaps of play from throughout the field, wall-to-wall social media highlights and coverage, and a new virtual Media Hub for credentialed media.
“PGAChampionship.com will take a comprehensive approach, with highlights and coverage that bring to life the passion and excitement of the 2020 PGA Championship,” said PGA.com General Manager Rob Smith. “With this being the first-ever spectatorless major in history, fans will have the feel of what it’s like to be at TPC Harding Park, with an all-access pass to virtually experience the PGA Championship through technology and social engagement. The user experience will be robust and state-of-the-art, as the recently redesigned PGAChampionship.com showcases the greatest players in the world throughout their journey to win a major Championship.”
And in parallel, PGA.com will offer a complimentary mix of content and features to showcase the journey and experience of the Team of 20 PGA Members playing in a Major Championship, along with a menu of Coaching content that is designed to help golfers of all skill levels improve their own golf journey and relationship with the game.
PGA Championship LIVE on the Range on the PGAChampionship.com website and apps will offer fans live, rotating video bays of players, as they prepare to compete in this year’s first major. Toptracer analytics will calculate live the distance, spin, ball height and other key data points of each featured competitor.
The LIVE Minute-by-Minute feature will be delivered across the PGAChampionship.com site and apps, providing a real-time correspondence to the action on the grounds–including highlights, recaps, statistics, and other news, and fan-worthy moments.
Through new, innovative automated technology, visitors to the website and apps can access shot-by-shot video recaps of their favorite players on the course throughout each round. More than 1,200 clips will be produced, providing a detailed look at the world’s best players, as they vie for the PGA Championship.
On the PGA Championship’s social media channels across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, golf fans will discover a full complement of highlights, content, and coverage that is designed to enhance fan engagement, while they enjoy the live broadcast and digital coverage from home or on the go.
PGAChampionship.com will offer live coverage of PGA Championship Interviews powered by Zoom, so fans can witness their favorite players’ reflections after each round, as well as their thoughts leading into the event.
The 2020 PGA Championship will also deliver unprecedented live, wire-to-wire 72-hole coverage of the event to viewers via CBS, ESPN and ESPN+. This will mark the first Championship in the landmark new 11-year agreement between CBS, ESPN and the PGA of America, combining to deliver more than 170 cumulative hours of live coverage – the most in PGA Championship history – from the first tee shot to the final putt across their broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.
The PGA Championship will be broadcast in primetime on both ESPN and CBS, with the champion being awarded the Wanamaker Trophy on CBS Sunday night, Aug. 9. This year’s Championship on the West Coast provides an opportunity to reach a prime-time audience in the Eastern and Central Time Zones for the first time since 1998.
ESPN+, the sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN, will offer fans the first-ever opening tee shot to last putt coverage on Thursday and Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. In addition, ESPN+ will present exclusive Featured Group coverage on all four days, as well as Featured Hole coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
Many of golf’s greatest champions, from Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan, to Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Brooks Koepka, have had their names inscribed on the famed Wanamaker Trophy, one of the most iconic trophies in sports.
Seven of the past 10 winners of the PGA Championship went on to become No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Koepka, who won his second consecutive PGA Championship in May 2019 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. The two-time defending PGA Champion will use the season’s initial men’s major championship to bid for history, as he’ll seek to become the first player to win the same major three consecutive times since Australia’s Peter Thomson claimed three straight Open Championships from 1954-’56.