PGA plans 3D coverage of PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

The PGA will be adding the PGA Championship (Aug. 12-15 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin) to the list of major sporting events that have dabbled with 3D coverage.

The 92nd PGA Championship will make portions of the first two rounds--on Thursday and Friday--available in 3D on and through TNT's television distributors Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, and Time Warner Cable. The 3D coverage will focus on the par-3 12th and 17th holes at Whistling Straits from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET each day.

Eight specially produced cameras will provide a unique, cutting-edge look at course action and give fans a one-of-a-kind visual experience to watch golfers play the course's challenging par 3s.

"At Turner Sports we continually look to provide the fan with an innovative viewing experience through our ability to test and explore new opportunities," said Lenny Daniels, Turner Sports EVP and COO. "The PGA Championship has always been a platform for forward thinking and interactive technology. During previous PGA Championship coverage on TNT and, we have introduced our marquee follow coverage, live streaming action through mobile apps and included social networking within our linear broadcast. Introducing 3D coverage to this crown jewel event allows us another opportunity to better serve our audience and add to our multitude of platforms."

Turner Sports is offering 20 hours of coverage on TNT and some 3D coverage online, as well as extensive online video offerings at and with the latest addition to Apple's App Store, a free updated application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will give them access to live scoring and news updates. For $1.99, users also can get video of the top groups during the entire tournament, including live streaming from all the par 3s, where they can watch Tiger Woods (will he still be sporting that new goatee?), Phil Mikelson and Rory McIlroy chase birdies.

App users can see an assortment of video highlights from the day's action, watch round recaps and interviews, as well as create a customized leaderboard, check out tee times, and more.

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