Golf fans are looking to the Atlanta Golf Club in Johns Creek, Ga. this week, where players from all over the world will come together to compete in the 93rd PGA Championship. Oh, and did we mention that Tiger Woods will be playing too? Parts of the tournament will be broadcast live on TNT and CBS Sports, but real fans will tune in online on PGA.com for extended coverage and a whole bunch of fancy extras.
The fun starts Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. EDT (5:30 a.m. PDT) and concludes each day at 7 p.m. EDT. Golf fans will get a bit of extra sleep on the weekend, with live streams starting at 11 a.m. EDT and concluding at 7 p.m. EDT on Saturday and Sunday. PGA.com will cover the event with multiple live streams, putting the spotlight on both “marquee groups” of players and all the action at par 3 holes.
There will also be an interactive 360-degree camera to explore the entire course, and a pretty cool feature that could allow the PGA’s best moments to go viral: Fans will be able to screen-capture select moments of the tournament through a special live editor, then share these on Facebook and Twitter — something made possible through cooperation with SnappyTV. The feature didn’t quite work yet when I tried it out on Wednesday morning, but it will be interesting to see what PGA viewers chose to share.
And don’t be worried if you won’t be in front of your PC all weekend. The PGA will also be streamed live via a free iPhone and iPod touch app, and the website is iPad-optimized to bring live streaming to the Apple tablet as well.