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PGA Tour Live On ESPN+

By Ed Townsend
Posted 7/30/21

ESPN+ will be the exclusive, direct-to-consumer home of PGA TOUR LIVE as part of the PGA TOUR’s new, nine-year domestic rights agreement announced last week.

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PGA Tour Live On ESPN+

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ESPN+ will be the exclusive, direct-to-consumer home of PGA TOUR LIVE as part of the PGA TOUR’s new, nine-year domestic rights agreement announced last week.

PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+ will launch in 2022, delivering to golf fans more than 4,000 hours of live coverage from 36 tournaments a year, including a full four days of coverage at 28 events with four simultaneous live feeds each day. PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+ will also feature on-demand replays of PGA TOUR events, original golf programs, edited speed round recaps and more.

The PGA TOUR’s digital streaming rights were negotiated concurrently with its linear and emerging technology offerings,creating a wide-ranging portfolio of domestic media rights for 2022 through 2030, including Comcast/ NBA Sports Group and ViacomCBS, along with The Walt Disney Company’s ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct- to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.

PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+ will be available to ESPN+ subscribers as part of the base subscription, which is available through the ESPN App on mobile and connected devices, ESPN.com or ESPNplus.com. It is also available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney plus Hulu at a discounted price.

By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide. The PGA TOUR, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China.

Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 29 countries and territories (93 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2019, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $204.3 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to more than $3 billion. Fans can follow the PGA TOUR on PGATOUR.COM the No. 1 site in golf, on the PGATOUR.app

ESPN+ is the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown quickly to 7.6 million subscribers in less than two years, offering fans thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium editorial content.

Programming on ESPN+ includes exclusive UFC and Top Rank boxing events, thousands of college sports events (including football and basketball) from more than a dozen sports at 20 conferences, hundreds of MLB and NHL games, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, Bundesliga – beginning in 2020, EFL Championship and Carabao Cup, Eredivisie), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, exclusive ESPN+ Original series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films.

Ed’s Outlook
Remembering the years watching the great professional Joe Turnesa giving golf lessons at Grossinger’s and then going out on caddie day (the day caddies could play all the golf they could get in for free) at the golf course trying to put this knowledge to work.

I remember well professionals talking about three crucial golf moves.
One tip that is continually stressed is that one must, in the downswing, get your head behind the ball at impact. Poor golfers have their heads and upper bodies lunge forward and get ahead of the ball at impact
Keep working on getting your head and eyes behind where the ball was at impact...even after the ball has been launched.

If there is one critical or magic move in golf the magic move is to begin your down swing by simultaneously letting your weight shift to your left foot while bringing your right elbow back into your body…this is one move not two and is the proper move for right-handed golfers.

Professionals always stress the fact that a critical move in the take away is a simple visual tip which will assist any golfer who practices it.

Take it away slow…the typical golfers will improve greatly if they take the club away from the ball slowly and with soft hands. Hold the club softly, and remember that the first two feet of your takeaway can hardly be slow enough.

The average golfer snatches the club away from the ball with tight hands and arms and the club whips inside the ball too fast.

Remember these three tips…1. Perfect Your Posture, 2. Find Your Grip, 3. Determine Your Tempo.
Here’s to good golfing.

Golf calendar
Aug. 6: Mamaktating K Of C, contact Tarry Brae at 845-434-2620.
Aug. 7: O.B. Outing, Swan Lake Golf Club, contact Bob Menges 845-292-0323.
Aug. 10: New Hope Community, contact Tarry Brae 845-434-2620.
Aug. 14: Youngsville Fire Company, contact Swan Lake Golf Club 845-292-0323.
Aug. 14: Pete DeVantier Memorial, Tennanah Lake, contact Dan DeVantier, 607-437-7301.
Aug. 15: Roger Bournoval, Contact Tarry Brae 845-434-2620.
Aug. 16: Thunder 102 Tournament, Contact Thunder 102.
Aug. 21: Carlson Outing, Tarry Brae, contact John Jaycox 845-866-6431.
Aug. 21: Drive to end Duchenne, Tennanah Lake, contact Justin Bowers, 607-348-7569.
Aug. 22: St. George’s Church, 1 p.m. Start, Swan Lake Golf Club, contact Bill Moloney or golf club at 845-292-0323.
Aug. 26: Liberty Elks Frank Finn Memorial 11 a.m. start, Swan Lake Golf Club, contact Bob Menges 845-292-0323.
Aug. 28: Napanoch Elks, Tarry Brae, contact Larry Navitsky, 845-706-0541.
Sept. 3: Inaugural Do Good Golf Outing, Tennanah Lake, Visit DoGoodSpirits.com.
Sept. 5: Sullivan West Football Tournament, Tennanah Lake, contact 607-498-5000.
Sept. 11: Monticello Rotary, contact Tarry Brae 845-434-2620.
Sept. 12: 1 p.m. Jeffersonville Lions Club, Swan Lake Golf Club, Contact Doug Immoor 482-4061.
Sept. 18: A.O.H. Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. 11 a.m start. Contact Ed O’Malley, Swan Lake Golf Club 845-649-0911.
Sept. 19: Liberty Faculty Association 11 a.m. start, Swan Lake Golf Club, contact Liz Fuentes 631-560-6866.
Sept. 25: Monticello Basketball 11 a.m. start at Swan Lake Golf Club, contact Chris Russo 551-655-8281.
Oct. 2: Summitville FD, Tarry Brae, contact Tim Koestler 888-2007.
Oct. 9: County Cup, Tarry Brae, contact 845-434-2620.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of golf and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or score you age let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email to bght75@gmail.com or fax to 845-205-4474. View this column at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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