TNT will have full opening round coverage of the marquee group at the 93rd PGA Championship this Thursday.
Beginning Aug 11, professional golf's 2011 major champions to date, Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open), Darren Clarke (British Open) and Charl Schwartzel (Masters) will tee off at 1:45 p.m. (ET), 45 minutes after the "drama network" commences its 18 hours of coverage from the Atlanta Athletic Club through Aug. 14.
The network's coverage from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday will also feature former PGA champions Martin Kaymer (2010), Y.E. Yang (2009) and Shaun Michel (2007), starting their round at 1:15 p.m.
On Friday, TNT's six hours of coverage will showcase four-time PGA winnerTiger Woods, 1997 PGA champ and 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love III and 2008 PGA title-holder Padraig Harrington, teeing off at 1:45 p.m., plus another threesome of PGA victors, Phil Mickelson (2005), David Toms (2001) and Vijay Singh (1998), starting at 1:25 p.m. Bridgestone Invitational champion Adam Scott, along with Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa and Matteo Manassero start 20 minutes earlier on Friday.
TNT will also provide early live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. before handing the TV bag to CBS Sports.
TNT's announce team features two-time Emmy award-winning host Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ian Baker-Finch (analyst), Billy Kratzert (analyst) and Jim Huber (interviewer/essayist) calling the Championship. This is the 21st consecutive year that Turner Sports will air the PGA Championship and 13th straight year on TNT.
For those who can't be near a TV, the video player at PGA.com, part of Turner's digital portforlio, will also provide live coverage, tracking high-profile groups that have a combined 21 major championships. This year's first PGA.com marquee group, Woods, Love III and Harrington will tee off on Thursday morning at 8:35 a.m. and Friday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. McIlroy, Clarke and Schwartzel will be the other threesome highlighted during the first two rounds as they start at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday and 8:45 a.m. on Friday. There will also be coverage from the course's Par 3 holes.
PGA.com's coverage will have Will Haskett (play by play), Michael Breed (analyst), Brian Katrek (reporting) and Craig Sager (reporting) providing commentary, analysis, as well as following all of the storylines.
PGA Championship Live, will debut a new 360-degree camera, providing a panoramic look and natural sound of the course. Users can drag the camera right, left, or up and down in a 360 degree circle to see action from various vantage points, including the practice range, putting green and other course locations.
Additionally,PGA.com writers will update fans about the action and answer users questions via its live insider area while visitors can create an on-demand album for the event by player, round, hole, or memorable moment's through the site's video highlight hub application.