BBC to broadcast live coverage of US PGA Championship

Jimmy Walker

BBC Sport will broadcast live coverage of the US PGA Championship in August across TV, radio and online.

The 2017 event, the year’s final major, takes place from 10-13 August at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina.

Live coverage begins on iPlayer, online and the red button, with the conclusion of each day’s play shown on BBC Two.

The BBC’s golf portfolio includes live radio and TV highlights of The Open and Women’s British Open, and live TV and radio coverage of the Masters.

“We are delighted to be able to offer golf fans free-to-air TV coverage of the US PGA Championship, said BBC Sport director Barbara Slater.

“It brings together the best players in the world over four exciting days of action.”

BBC TV coverage will be led by Eilidh Barbour, alongside Peter Alliss and Ken Brown.

BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra will also broadcast live from the Championship, led by Iain Carter and Jay Townsend.

Coverage times

(All times BST)

Thursday 10 August

1800-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer

2320-0015 – BBC Two

2200-0100 – Radio 5 live sports extra

Friday 11 August

1800-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer

2305-0015 – BBC Two

2200-0100 – Radio 5 live sports extra

Saturday 12 August

1900-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer

2230-0015 – BBC Two

2200-0100 – Radio 5 live sports extra

Sunday 13 August

1900-0015 – BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer

2200-0015 – BBC Two

2200-0100 – Radio 5 live

Schedule changes

All times are subject to change. The BBC is not responsible for any that may be made. Also coverage on BBC Red Button can experience late schedule changes, so details may differ from this page. Further programmes and times will appear when confirmed.

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National and regional variations

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The Open 2017: Jordan Spieth earns 'hardest, entirely anticipated win' at Royal Birkdale

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So Jordan Spieth won The Open by three shots, just the same margin as he had held overnight, just as everyone assumed he would as Sunday afternoon began.

And in between came everything else possible and a lot that didn’t seem to be and that those who saw up close could scarcely believe.

Spieth’s fellow Texan and Masters champion Ben Crenshaw once spoke of looking into his young compatriot’s eyes and seeing the dead-eyed stare of Wild West gunslinger Wyatt Earp. On the 13th hole of his final round, with the lead over Matt Kuchar gone up in smoke and his tee-shot lost in another postcode, Spieth simply looked dead.

Fifteen months ago he had led the Masters by five shots going to the par-three 12th before a quadruple-bogey seven detonated his hopes. Those sort of one-off collapses haunt a man. When those one-off collapses happen twice, you fear you might never escape.

And yet he did, first rescuing possibly the most valuable bogey he might ever make to hang on just one shot down, and then going on a charge that will live with him and this oldest of majors long into the years that come.

From the brink, a six-iron conjured off the 14th tee that clattered to four feet for a birdie to draw level with Kuchar once again. On the 15th, a 35-foot sweet monster of a putt for eagle and the lead. Sixteen, a near-replica for another birdie; on 17, a cold-blooded killer from seven feet for one more.

Birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie. Form from nowhere, a touch from the heavens. Kuchar had gone two under across the same four holes, and yet lost three shots on his playing partner.

That no-one saw it coming says a great deal about the respect the 23-year-old was already held in and significantly more about what pressure and the prospect of victory can do to even the most talented of sportsmen.

You saw no excuse for sudden collapses in the calm conditions over Southport nor the way the course was behaving. It appeared the peachiest of summer days out on the links, a soft breeze tickling the tops of the dunes, warm sun overhead and a smear of thin white cloud.

The squeeze on the scoring came instead from inside: the strain of a final day at The Open, the burden of leading for one and chasing for the rest.

Within moments of Spieth and Kuchar teeing off, tension had settled like a blanket over Birkdale, quietening the crowd, stifling the players. The chasing pack may have been dropping away, but the one out top was soon dropping back to meet them.

Having suffered only four bogeys across his first three rounds, Spieth found three in his first four holes.

His irons were cold, his putter frozen. A miss from six feet on the fourth, a drive into the spectators on the sixth, a missed four-footer for par after Kuchar’s eight-foot birdie putt to leave it in the balance once more at eight under, with the back nine to come.

Kuchar, 16 years the older man, had only one top-10 finish from 12 previous Opens. The 23-year-old Spieth had two majors under his belt at an earlier age even than Tiger Woods.

Yet suddenly those big wet Kooch eyes were wide with possibilities. Spieth, dressed in indistinct colours – grey trousers, washed-out turquoise polo – was fading away, his characteristic control gone, face turning as pale as the clouds blowing in from the sea.

And then came the 13th, a hole that took half an hour to complete, a mini-epic that could have decided the championship one way but instead sent it other.

Jordan Spieth on the 13th hole

There are sliced tee shots and there is what happened to Spieth’s drive after Kuchar had found the middle of the fairway. With a left-to-right wind picking up, with his shoulders tightening, the Texan sent it so far right that it would have landed on an adjacent fairway, had there been an adjacent fairway.

Instead it cleared the long line of humpbacked dunes that lie beyond the thick border of rough and travelled on, so far that when the ball was initially found it turned out to be the wrong one, with the aid of the host broadcaster’s GPS system required to locate the genuine item many yards further on.

In the past even Spieth has had trouble describing the best part of his own game, settling on the rather prosaic “playing badly well”. Never has that been truer then when he found himself out by the practice ground, between two trailers, the green not just out of sight but the hordes of spectators between him and the flag hidden from view too.

One hundred and twenty-five yards sideways to the fairway. Play another off the tee? Take a penalty drop? Three-wood, as he held first, or three-iron?

Kuchar to 12 feet with his second. Spieth’s caddie Michael Greller silhouetted on the top of the tallest dune trying to help him thread the needle with his eyes blindfolded.

Drop. Iron. Deep breath.

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From out in those distant boondocks, Spieth cleared the dunes, the spectators, the rough. A chip on, a putt for the unlikeliest of bogey-fives. And then the charge, never looking back, never letting that momentum go.

“Today took as much out of me as any day that I’ve ever played golf,” said a visibly shattered Spieth afterwards.

“Thoughts came in from my last scenario when I was leading a major on Sunday. All of a sudden it creeps into your head.

“I was so confident and all of a sudden, the wheels have come off everything, and it’s how do you get back on track to salvage this round and just give yourself a chance at the end?

“And all of a sudden the lid came off, and the 30-footers were two-footers to me. I don’t know why I can’t make it a little more boring sometimes.”

Kuchar looked like boring would have been just fine with him. “It’s hard to explain,” he said, still running the last cruel hour through his head.

“It’s crushing. It hurts. And it’s an excitement and a thrill to have played well, put up a battle, put up a fight.”

Spieth is the youngest champion Open champion since Seve Ballesteros in 1979. He has joined Jack Nicklaus in winning three majors before the age of 24, and with the US PGA Championship round the corner could yet become the youngest to win a career Grand Slam in history.

That can wait for another day. First to relish this one, the Southport See-saw, the hardest entirely anticipated victory he will ever take.

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The Open 2017: Jordan Spieth will enjoy Birkdale win more than any other

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Final leaderboard
-12 Spieth (US); -9 Kuchar (US); -6 Li (Chn); -5 McIlroy (NI), Cabrera-Bello (Spa)
Selected: -4 Southgate (Eng), Grace (SA), Koepka (US); -3 Casey (Eng), Stenson (Swe); -2 Wood (Eng), Poulter (Eng); Level Ramsay (Sco); +1 Westwood (Eng) Drysdale (Sco), Fleetwood (Eng), Johnston (Eng)

Jordan Spieth says he will enjoy his Open victory more than anything he has achieved in golf after playing the “best five-hole stretch of his life”.

Spieth lost his three-shot overnight lead by the turn on Sunday and trailed Matt Kuchar after bogeying the 13th.

But he then went on a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie before making par at the last to finish on 12 under and win by three shots at Royal Birkdale.

“I feel fortunate the way everything happened,” said the 23-year-old.

“I’ll thoroughly enjoy this. It’s as much of a high as I’ve ever experienced. I’ll enjoy it more than anything I’ve achieved.”

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Spieth sent a wayward drive 120 yards right of the fairway and into the deep rough on the 13th hole.

After discussing with the R&A rules officials, he took a penalty drop and played what became his third shot, more than 20 minutes after he struck his drive and went on to make bogey.

He said memories of Augusta in 2016, when he squandered a five-shot lead at the Masters, crept into his head but praised caddie Michael Greller for some wise words.

And the American then picked up five shots on the next four holes to retake the lead, before finishing with a par to claim his third major.

“That five-hole stretch is by far the best stretch of golf I have ever played,” he told BBC Sport.

“To have it be at a major championship in the final round on Sunday, I’ll have to sit back and think about it later on.”

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Going for the career Grand Slam

The victory makes Spieth the second player after Jack Nicklaus to win three of golf’s four majors before turning 24.

Having won his first two majors, the Masters and US Open, in 2015, Spieth, who turns 24 on Thursday will head to the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow next month looking to become just the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam since the Masters was added to the roster in 1934.

Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Gary Player are the five to have achieved the feat, while Bobby Jones completed the original Grand Slam of US Amateur, US Open, The Open and The Amateur Championship in 1930.

“That’s now the tournament that’s really holding me back from everything I wanted to achieve in my career,” he said.

“The career Grand Slam is a life goal of mine. Growing up I just wanted to compete, but things have progressed quickly.”

‘It’s crushing and hurts’

Matt Kuchar

Kuchar turned professional in 2000 after a brief spell working in financial services and said contending in a major was part of a “lifelong quest”.

The 39-year-old did little wrong in picking up two shots of his own between holes 13 and 17, but trailing by two on the 18th tee he had to force the issue and ended up dropping a shot.

“It’s hard to explain, it’s crushing and it hurts,” said the seven-time PGA Tour winner who recorded his best finish in a major. “It’s an excitement and thrill to have played well, put up a battle, a fight.

“You work so hard to get to this position and have a chance to make history and win a championship. You don’t get many opportunities. To be this close and taste it with five holes to go, it’s a hard one to sit back and take.”

Kuchar’s mark of nine under means he has now finished in the top 10 of the sport’s four biggest events on 10 occasions.

“As tough as it is to finish second, I’m sure it will lead to me continuing to work hard and push me harder to finish one place better,” he added.

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The Open 2017: Jordan Spieth holds off Matt Kuchar to win his third major

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2017 Open Championship on the BBC
Venue: Royal Birkdale Dates: 20-23 July
Live: Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary and follow text updates – including in-play video clips – on BBC Sport website and mobile app. TV highlights on BBC Two. Click for full times.

Jordan Spieth won The Open at Royal Birkdale by three shots, after an enthralling battle with Matt Kuchar.

Spieth, 23, blew a three-shot advantage by the turn and lost the outright lead after dropping a shot on the 13th.

But he wrestled back the lead with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to finish on 12 under and win his third major after the Masters and US Open.

Spieth is the second player after Jack Nicklaus to win three of the game’s four majors before the age of 24.

The world number three, who turns 24 on Thursday, is the youngest Open winner since 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros won the first of his three titles in 1979.

Spieth, who led wire-to-wire, carded a one-under-par 69, with Kuchar’s 69 leaving him on nine under, while 21-year-old Li Haotong of China played the second lowest round of the tournament with a 63 to climb to third place on six under.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hit a three-under 67 to tie for fourth on five under, alongside Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello (68).

England’s world number 172 Matthew Southgate finished on four under for a tie for sixth place, along with South Africa’s Branden Grace, who carded the first 62 in a men’s major in the third round.

More to follow.

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Spieth will 'not get ahead' of himself despite three-shot Open lead

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2017 Open Championship on the BBC
Venue: Royal Birkdale Dates: 20-23 July
Live: Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary and follow text updates – including in-play video clips – on BBC Sport website and mobile app. TV highlights on BBC Two. Click for full times.
Third-round leaderboard
-11 Spieth (US); -8 Kuchar (US); -5 Connelly (Can), Koepka (US); -4 Grace (SA), Matsuyama (Jpn); -3 Johnson (US), Stenson (Swe), Kim (US), Cabrera-Bello (Spa); -2 Fisher (Eng), McIlroy (NI), Ramsay (Sco), Poulter (Eng)
Selected others:-1 Fowler (US), Bland (Eng); E Day (Aus), Casey (Eng), Johnston (Eng), Fitzpatrick (Eng), Garcia (Spa); +1 Fleetwood (Eng);+3 Plant (a) (Eng) Full leaderboard

Jordan Spieth says he will “not get ahead” of himself despite holding a three-shot lead going into the final round of The Open at Royal Birkdale.

The two-time major winner says he will draw on his experience at the 2016 Masters, when he squandered a five-shot lead with nine holes remaining.

Spieth’s five-under par 65 on Saturday put him on 11 under, three ahead of American compatriot Matt Kuchar.

“I’ve had the high and the humbling,” said world number three Spieth, 23.

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Victory on Sunday would make Spieth only the second player after Jack Nicklaus, who won a record 18 majors, to have won three of the game’s four biggest prizes before the age of 24.

“That would be incredible,” he added. “But I’ve had a five-shot lead in a major and squandered it before. I will keep my head down and not get ahead of myself.”

Spieth is the only player to finish every round under par this week and could become the youngest Open winner since a 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros in 1979.

He added: “Everything I’ve gone through, both good and bad, is advantageous for me. If I win tomorrow, I’ll still be learning and it all goes into my process.

“Tomorrow will be emotionally draining but I need to stay neutral in my head.”

Analysis

Iain Carter, BBC Sport golf correspondent at Royal Birkdale

The one thing that needs to be remembered is Spieth had a five-shot lead going into the back nine of the Masters last year.

It was impossible to see that collapse then as it is to see now. We are seeing a remarkable career developing.

McIlroy’s missed opportunity

Rory McIlroy

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy had been three under through five holes, but dropped shots on the seventh and eighth, and a double bogey on the 10th saw him card a disappointing 69.

“Usually you come off Royal Birkdale shooting under par and you would be pretty pleased,” said McIlroy, who is tied for 11th on two under.

“But it was so benign out there today and you needed to shoot at least four of five under par to feel like you were making ground out there – and I didn’t.”

The world number four added: “It’s hard to think ‘big picture’ now, I’m just off the golf course and I’m a little disappointed.

“I definitely feel like today was an opportunity lost to get right in the mix going into tomorrow.”

‘No excuses’ for fuming Poulter

Ian Poulter

World number 78 Ian Poulter could not hide his frustration following his one-over-par 71, summing up his feelings with a number of expletives as he spent around a minute with reporters.

“I made one bogey yesterday in all those treacherous conditions we had and then I made five bogeys today,” said Poulter, 41.

“It’s not good enough, simple as that. There were too many stupid mistakes.”

The Englishman came through a qualifier at Woburn to win a place at The Open and sat three shots off the pace going into the third round.

But a run of three bogeys on holes 10, 11 and 12 followed a birdie on nine which he hoped would have got “some adrenaline going”.

He added: “It’s disappointing, extremely disappointing – easy conditions and the greens were soft. No excuses. From a three-putt at the first, which was poor… it’s a real shame.”

Kuchar ‘excited’ about Claret Jug chances

Matt Kuchar

Kuchar, 39, made his Open debut at Royal Birkdale in 1998 and is back bidding for his first top-five finish at The Open at the 12th attempt.

The American was two shots behind playing partner Spieth at the start of the third round, moving within one after a birdie at 14, before a double bogey on 16 helped Spieth move clear.

“I am excited to be in the position I’m in,” said Kuchar.

“Three shots off the lead, I’ve got a great chance with a good day to win the Claret Jug.

“There aren’t many other players in the field, even if they have a great final day, who can say that.”

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The Open 2017: Jordan Spieth leads by three shots heading into final round

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2017 Open Championship on the BBC
Venue: Royal Birkdale Dates: 20-23 July
Live: Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary and follow text updates – including in-play video clips – on BBC Sport website and mobile app. TV highlights on BBC Two. Click for full times.

Jordan Spieth will begin the final round of The Open with a three-shot lead over his American compatriot Matt Kuchar and six shots over the rest of the field as he once again stormed Royal Birkdale’s defences.

On a day when Branden Grace became the first man in history to card a 62 at a major championship, Spieth strengthened his overnight grip on the championship with a bogey-free 65 to move to 11 under par as his big-name rivals struggled to stay in touch.

Canadian debutant Austin Connelly, 20, sits in a tie for third with US Open champion Brooks Koepka at six under, while Grace and Japan’s world number two Hideki Matsuyama, who shot a fine 66, are two shots further back.

But it was a disappointing afternoon for home favourites Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, McIlroy’s chances effectively over after a messy 69 left him two under, nine shots off Spieth and tied for 11th with his Ryder Cup team-mate.

Texan Spieth, 23, blew a five-shot lead going into back nine at The Masters 15 months ago, but with this links course in far less punitive mood than the Augusta National he is odds-on to add the oldest major to his Masters and US Open titles from 2015.

Kuchar, 39, has never finished in the top five at an Open and has only one top-10 finish in 12 previous attempts, and he will rue the three putts on the 16th green that cost him critical momentum this time around.

Spieth wins duel with Kuchar

This was a relentless Spieth rather than spectacular, his birdie on the 18th green giving him a lead that so few will expect him to relinquish.

After a cautious opening, his 15-foot putt for birdie on the seventh re-established the two-shot lead he had held over playing partner Kuchar overnight.

But Kuchar closed in, birdieing the 14th and 15th, only for Spieth to drop a seven-foot putt for a birdie of his own on the latter hole to take back the lead 30 seconds later at 10 under.

When Kuchar three-putted the 16th his deficit was three, and while the elder man birdied 17 to stay in touch, Spieth’s nerveless 15-foot putt on the last stretched that lead back out.

Amazing Grace

Grace had earlier made history on a day of baking temperatures and minimal wind, the links stripped of its usual defences.

In an extraordinary few hours he made birdies on the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 14th, 16th and 17th holes, which left him requiring just a oar on the par-four 18th to set the record.

His tee-shot found light rough and his second flew 45 feet beyond the pin, but a marvellous putt to within three feet set up the finish to rewrite the record books.

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McIlroy brilliant and horrible once again

McIlroy, champion down the coast at Hoylake three years ago, charged out of the blocks, easing in a five-foot birdie on the first, flighting and rolling in a 30-foot chip from short of the green on the fourth and driving the green on the 346-yard par-four fifth before leaving his eagle putt just shy.

The subsequent birdie left him four under and within touching distance of Spieth, only for the inconsistencies that have dogged his game over the past year resurfacing once again.

A hooked tee-shot cost him a bogey on the par-three seventh, and worse was to follow as he bogeyed the eighth and then dropped two more shots on the 10th, going from tee to bunker to bunker to rough.

He had chances to salvage shots down the stretch but little would drop for him, and his three-year wait for his next major goes on.

Poulter, looking to become the first man since Paul Lawrie 18 years ago to come through qualifying and win the claret jug, mixed three birdies with three bogeys in his first 11 holes.

He then missed a six-footer for par on the 12th and dropped another shot on the 13th, the energy going out of him as his hopes slipped away.

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Kid Connelly impresses as big names struggle to stay in touch

Connelly has never before played an Open but showed a precocious talent as he raced round the links in 66, picking up birdies on his last two holes to take fourth on the leaderboard as his own and secure his place in the penultimate pairing come Sunday afternoon.

Koepka dropped a shot on the first but then birdied three, four and five before a birdie and bogey on the back nine left him five under.

World number one Dustin Johnson looked as if he might match Grace when he stood on the 16th tee six under par, and while three successive pars ended that dream, his 64 still left him three under and in a tie for seventh.

Last year’s champion Stenson fired an equally impressive 65 to sit alongside Johnson.

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The Open 2017: Branden Grace shoots a 62 to set a new major record

Branden Grace

2017 Open Championship on the BBC
Venue: Royal Birkdale Dates: 20-23 July
Live: Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary and follow text updates – including in-play video clips – on BBC Sport website and mobile app. TV highlights on BBC Two. Click for full times.

South Africa’s Branden Grace has become the first man to score 62 in a major.

Grace holed eight birdies in a bogey-free third round of The Open at Royal Birkdale to beat the previous best of 63, which has been recorded 31 times.

“This is momentus,” said former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie. “The day Grace broke the unbreakable record.”

South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim holds the record for the lowest round in any major with 61 at the women’s Evian Championship in 2014.

Grace’s round is not the lowest score to par in a men’s major though, with seven players scoring nine under on par-72 courses.

Analysis

Iain Carter, BBC Sport golf correspondent at Royal Birkdale

People have been getting touch and saying ‘Hang on, it is a par 70 and only eight under par so we have seen lower rounds in relation to par’.

But the fact of the matter is, what is recorded is the total number of shots played, irrespective of what par is.

No one has covered a major course in 62 shots before, it is an extraordinary moment for the game of golf.

More to follow.

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