The 2014 Sony Open is the first full field event of the PGA Tour's calendar season and the Oahu stop yields the second straight week of primetime golf. The two-week start in the Pacific allows the Tour and Golf Channel to broadcast deep into the night, particularly with the full field of threesomes playing from sun-up to sundown. Friday's round went past 11 p.m. in the eastern U.S., which is better than getting lost in the shuffle of a random winter workday.
Golf Channel will once again have the broadcast on Friday, continuing their coverage from Waialae with their crew as well as members from Comcast sister network NBC. Coverage of the second round begins at 7 p.m. ET and will run until 10:30 p.m.
The three biggest names in the field should be the focus of Friday's coverage, with the marquee group of Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, and Matt Kuchar all teeing off No. 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET. That means at least the back nine, and probably closer to 12 holes, will be shown on the broadcast.
This will be the last appearance for Scott until the Florida swing kicks up in six weeks. The Aussie had a pretty loaded schedule during the fall, when most American PGA Tour players rest up for the new year. Scott was cleaning up down under, finishing a Rory McIlroy putt away from sweeping the Aussie triple crown (Australian Masters, Open, and PGA Championship). So this is more the end of the year as opposed to the start for Scott, who will take it easy and work on his game before playing a couple events in Florida during the run-up to a defense at Augusta.
While those three will be the focus of the broadcast, first-round leader Sang-Moon Bae will also be out in the second wave during TV coverage. Last year's Byron Nelson winner went super low on Thursday, shooting a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead.
So there will be plenty of good players to feature for some late primetime Friday golf. Here are your media options for the second round:
Friday's 2nd round coverage:
Television: Golf Channel - 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET
Online stream: NBCSports/Golf Channel Live Extra - 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208) - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET