When television images of the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s are beamed back to the United States this week, it will be much like any other production with one major exception.
It will be handled almost entirely from the United States rather than the United Kingdom.
Due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the telecasts for NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock will be done remotely with the vast majority of the on-air and behind-the-scenes work being done stateside.
Under the current restrictions, visitors from the United States are required to quarantine 10 days upon their arrival in England. Those restrictions are expected to be eased July 19, the day after the Open Championship is scheduled to end.
Players and their traveling parties are under strict protocols during the Open Championship that restrict them from going to restaurants or supermarkets during their time at the championship.
Facing similar restrictions and with the Open Championship reducing media attendance this year, the television production will be adjusted. Nevertheless, more than 50 hours of the championship will be shown by Golf Channel and NBC.
The production will be based at the network’s Connecticut headquarters where hosts and commentators will be located. A handful of on-course reporters and interviewers will be at Royal St. George’s but only about 10 percent of the usual number will be on site.
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