May 11, 2016 | 08:30 am

Covering All the Angles

NBC will have nine high-definition cameras at the island-green 17th at The Players, including a microscopic lens embedded in the lip of the small bunker fronting the green. The “Supra Cam,” a cable-suspended camera system that flies over the lake between the 16th and 17th greens, will make a return engagement. One camera will be 150 feet in the air above the tree line showing unique shots of the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. There will also be some dude with a camera marooned on the island in the middle of the lake for approximately eight hours during live coverage, capturing player reactions from this unique angle. If that's not enough, ProTracer will track the reverse flight of the tee shots from a unique angle behind the green (above) and a wind monitor will track the wind speeds on the tee box and high above hole. Imagine if CBS could do this at Augusta's 12th hole? Hopefully, CBS and Billy Payne are taking note.

TV Times: Thursday and Friday 1–7 pm on Golf Channel, Saturday and Sunday 2–7 pm on NBC. Golf Central Live will also air from The Players starting at 9 am each day (all times Eastern).

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May 10, 2016 | 09:19 am

They're in the Papers

According to a report this morning in the Irish Times, three major champions—Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, and Ian Woosnam—are among the latest to be linked to the so-called Panama Papers which expose efforts by wealthy individuals to hide income through offshore bank accounts. All three players were named in documents obtained from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which says its records were hacked. At the request of the players’ agent, IMG, the firm had set up the offshore accounts which are not illegal but can be linked to tax evasion. No charges have been filed, but the exposure of the Panama Papers has prompted several investigations worldwide. 

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May 09, 2016 | 06:27 am

Olympic Golf TV Schedule

While a number of leading players have said they won’t be representing their countries when golf comes back to the Olympics this summer, we know some big names who will be there: Golf Channel and NBC Sports. The networks announced their programming plans for the first Olympic golf competition since 1904, which will be held from Thursday, August 11-Sunday, August 14 for the men, and from Wednesday, August 17-Saturday, August 20 for the women. Coverage will include more than 130 live hours—from the opening tee shot to the presentation of medals—plus another 170 or so of previews, reviews, and analysis, starting on Monday, August 8. “Golf Central Live” will be broadcast from Rio, and the networks will feature updates and other “look-ins” throughout the games. The golf, as well as other Olympic sports, also can be viewed on and the NBC Sports Live Extra app (both of which require authentication). For the full golf schedule, check out the NBC Olympics website, where there’s already news about the games as well as history and other features.

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May 06, 2016 | 06:14 am

Pittsburgh’s Open Past

The U.S. Open comes to Oakmont Country Club June 16–19. But if you’re in the Pittsburgh area now through the end of our national championship, you can learn about golf history, the town’s golf traditions, even compare yourself to former Open champions at the Carnegie Science Center, which is located downtown about 15 miles from the club’s front door. A recently opened exhibit, on loan from the USGA, is titled “American Golf History: Coming to Life” and allows visitors to hit clubs and balls from the 1930s and ‘60s (as well as modern equipment) while seeing how their performance stacks up against the eight golfers who won previous Opens at Oakmont: Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983), Ernie Els (1994), and Angel Cabrera (2007). And if you get to the Science Center tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can take your photo with the U.S. Open trophy: Then post that photo on social media for a chance to win two tickets to this year’s final round.

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