Well so much for any conspiracy theories about ESPN having any say with the R&A, as Bristol adds thirty minutes to each of their first and second round telecasts to show all of the Woods and Mickelson Open Championship rounds.
For Immediate Release:
ESPN’s telecasts of the first and second rounds of The Open Championship on Thursday and Friday, July 19-20, will now start at 4:30 a.m. ET, 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled, so that viewers can see the complete rounds of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Woods tees off at 4:42 a.m. Thursday while Mickelson starts his round at 4:31 a.m. Friday. ESPN has live, four-round coverage of 152nd renewal of golf’s oldest major from Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England. DETAILS.