NBC SPORTS DELIVERS ITS MOST-WATCHED OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND ON RECORD – SECOND ROUND NOTES AND QUOTES AT ST. ANDREWS

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Friday, July 15, 2022

NBC SPORTS DELIVERS ITS MOST-WATCHED OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND ON RECORD – SECOND ROUND NOTES AND QUOTES AT ST. ANDREWS

First-round viewership on USA Network is up 28% from 2021, up 15% from 2019.

“Golfers have been going over (the Swilcan Bridge) for the better part of five centuries. Five centuries from now, they’ll still be talking about how much Tiger Woods meant to this game. – Brandel Chamblee on USA Network

“To find any astonishing comparison to what Cameron Smith did on the greens today, you probably have to go to Johnny Miller, last round, 1973 US Open.” – Chamblee on Live from The Open on GOLF Channel and Peacock

Third round coverage – 5 a.m. ET on USA Network, 7 a.m. ET on NBC and Peacock

STAMFORD, CT – July 15, 2022 – NBC Sports presented exclusive coverage of the second round of 150th Open Championship from The Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland on USA Network and Peacock, headlined by Live from outdoors on GOLF Channel and Peacock.

USA Network’s coverage of Thursday’s first round was the most-watched NBC Sports Open first round in history — up 28% from 2021 and 15% from 2019 — also marking the most-watched Open first round since 2015.

Exclusive third-round coverage begins tomorrow at 5 a.m. ET on USA Network and continues at 7 a.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

Today’s coverage included the collection of Mike Tirico, Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo in the USA Network booth at 1:00 PM ET.

150th Open Championship – Ranking in the second round

Player Total
Cameron Smith -13
Cameron Young -11
Rory McIlroy -10
Victor Hovland -10
Dustin Johnson -9


Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

Date USA Network NBC/Peacock
Saturday, July 16 5-7 in the morning 7 am – 3 pm
Sunday, July 17 4-7 am 7 am – 2 pm

ON THE SECOND ROUND

Chamblee on Live from on GOLF Channel and Peacock: “Suffice it to say, it was an outstanding day. From the emotional walk of Tiger Woods to the extraordinary paths that get stuck Cameron Smith and the great golf of Rory McIlroy.”

OF TIGER WOODS (+9, missed share)

Brandel Chamblee on USA Network: “Golfers have walked across (the Swilcan Bridge) for the better part of five centuries. Five centuries from now, they’ll still be talking about how much Tiger Woods meant to this game.

Terry Gannon: “Watching Tiger yesterday, he really took it all in as he went down … as an athlete, you don’t know how many more opportunities you’re going to get.”

Woods’ Gannon approaches 18th green: “The greatest figures in the game have done this. We just saw another one doing just that – heading home to St Andrews.

Gannon on the crowd reaction to Woods’ final shot on 18: “Toughest two days in golf for Tiger Woods here, but he’s on the mend.”

Tiger Woods’ Nick Faldo: “The golf course decided not to give him an inch this year.”

Woods’ Faldo: “Mentally he still believes and wants to win again. The body just doesn’t help the golf swing. It’s amazing that he still has that mental strength… in some ways it’s a victory for him to come here and want to perform. From the first hole to the final, he had a tough week, but he always gives 100%. It’s an incredible lesson for all of us.”

FOR CAMERON SMITH (-13, leader)

Azinger on the USA Network: “There are a lot of players in this ranking that I trust. Maybe I trust him the most … tremendous gift of speed and touch.”

Smith’s Chamblee on Live from on GOLF Channel and Peacock: “We saw something like Cameron Smith today that I’ve never seen. To find some astonishing comparison to what Cameron Smith did on the greens today, you should probably go to Johnny Millerfinal round, 1973 US Open.’

Chamblee on Smith’s record of 253 feet putts made on Live from on GOLF Channel and Peacock: “They’ve been keeping stats on the PGA TOUR since 2004. Doing a little math, that’s roughly 300,000 rounds they’ve put together, and what we saw today, we’ve never seen it in the statistical history of the PGA TOUR… To find his equivalent of (in Smith’s words) the golf swing, we’ll you have to go to Ben Hogan, Adam Scott or Tiger Woods in 2000.’

FOR RORY MAXILROY (-10, T-3rd)

McGinley on what McIlroy is doing Live from on GOLF Channel and Peacock: “Overall, I think he’s doing great. I think he’s in flow with the patera, he seems very natural with it. I like his creative thinking and as we sit here on the eve of the 36 holes coming up this weekend, he’s an inspired player…When he’s in a focused mindset…that’s the mindset I feel he plays in the best .”

McIlroy to Catherine Tappen during his tour with Peacock: “The greens were definitely slowing down as we went all day and I just had to remind myself just to get them to the hole just to hit them. It was good to see a drop there (at 17). I managed a good putt for par on 16 before that too, so I had a good round and I’m happy with the day’s work.”

McIlroy on Tappen for tipping his hat to Tiger Woods as he teed up 18 at Peacock: “I’ve spent a lot of time with him over the last few days and hopefully the Open will be back here in four or five years. Hopefully there will be another try because this is definitely not the way any of us, especially Tiger, want to end his career at the Old Course. Fingers crossed it comes back in a few years.”

FOR VICTOR HOVLAND (-10, T-3rd)

Dan Hicks for Hovland’s hole-in-one eagle on the 15th: “A magical moment as we approach the magic hour of eight o’clock here on the Old Course… This man has long been one of the best ball strikers in the world and this is one of the latest examples. I mean it’s just perfection.

FOR MATT FITZPATRICK (-6, T-12th)

Tom Abbott on USA Network: “He came here (to St. Andrews) when he was a junior, won the event and it was just his mom and dad and his dog watching. It’s a little different playing Tiger … He could be in the mix for another major this weekend.”

OF PATRICK CANTLEY (-7, T-8th)

Steve Sands on USA Network: “Watch out. When this player got hot last summer, he made it to the FedExCup title. Right now, he looks very comfortable and confident at this club.”

DURING THE WEEKEND

Azinger on the field: “All purebloods are at the top of this board. A lot of really good putters, a lot of good lag putters, good ball strikes. A chance to really make history here. It will be a tight weekend but we have all the guys we want to see.”

He won’t sing: “Maybe it’s the hardest thing – the waiting, the anticipation, the anxiety, the nerves. I have seen players who had this late game time come to the course at 10am and then go back to the hotel. You have to learn how to (prepare for late game time). It’s not easy. That’s part of the experience of playing championship golf, getting into the last group somewhere and starting a championship at 2:45 p.m., 3 p.m. or later…you want your body to feel the same as it did the night before. ..sometimes when you sit all day, your arms get heavy, your legs get heavy…you have to learn how to prepare for those big rounds.”

TIRICO/AZINGER/FALDO BOOTH ON THE USA NETWORK

He won’t sing: “The first day we were together I thought I’d known Faldo for 20-something years, I’d barely heard him finish a sentence, it was like someone had turned on his voice activation system…we finally got to turn (laughing).”

Tirico: “You guys have history at The Open with each other, too.”

Faldo: “We sure did. (to Azinger) do you want to tell them about it or do you want me to give you the highlights?’

He won’t sing: “As long as we can talk about the Ryder Cup after that, I’ll be happy.”

Faldo retired: “You know, I wasn’t sure about the decision. But after working with Paul for an hour, I think I did absolutely the right thing (laughs).”

–NBC SPORTS–

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