There are just 18 holes left in the PGA Tour's biggest event, one more round to go for a potentially historic win at The Players Championship. Jordan Spieth is right back at it, playing in the Sunday final pairing at the season's "fifth major" just one month after leading in the final round at the game's most important major. Spieth would have been the youngest Masters winner ever, just edging Tiger Woods, and now he has a chance to take over as Players champion from the current world No. 1.
The 5th Major?
The 5th Major?
Unlike that slight edge over Tiger at Augusta, Spieth would be the youngest winner ever at TPC Sawgrass by nearly three years. Adam Scott, who burst onto the scene with his win in 2004, currently holds the distinction of being the youngest Players champion. Martin Kaymer will be out with Spieth again in the final pairing of the day, both sleeping on the 54-hole lead at 12-under and teeing off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
TV coverage will be up and running long before that final pairing gets to the first tee, with Golf Channel and NBC continuing their weekend tag team broadcast. The Comcast sisters have had the rights to The Players for several years now, but they continue to add different features to what is the biggest broadcast of the year on the PGA Tour. Golf Channel will start the day at 12:30 p.m., and then run a concurrent spotlight coverage broadcast from 2 to 6 p.m. while the typical broadcast runs on NBC.
I explained the spotlight coverage option a bit on Saturday, and this is something Golf Channel has done quite a bit this year, mostly during the Florida swing. But this is definitely the best event for this feature, as it hones in on the three of the most iconic finishing holes in the sport. There's the risk-reward 16th, a reasonable two-shot par-5 with lots of water trouble and an opportunity for an eagle. There's the famous island hole, which gets extra tense on Sunday afternoons. And then there's the tee shot at the 18th, which might be the most difficult tee ball on a final hole in all of the PGA Tour, with water running right up to the fairway on the left side and jail down the rough on the right. For someone who prefers not to hit a draw, like Kaymer, that will be an interesting shot if he's still sitting on or around the lead.
But the spotlight coverage will not only broadcast all the shots from those holes. The screen will be peppered with stats and graphics, showing trajectory of the ball flight with tracer technology, listing TrackMan data during shots, and other stats for the week running down the side and bottom of the frame.
In addition to the multiple TV options, there's three different streams to watch. NBC and Golf Channel will have their regular simulcast stream going, and PGATour.com will have a featured group stream and featured hole stream, also focused on the par-3 17th. Here are all your media options for Sunday's final round:
Sunday's final round coverage
12:30 to 2 p.m. -- Golf Channel
2 to 7 p.m. -- NBC
2 to 6 p.m. -- Golf Channel "Spotlight Coverage" of holes 16 through 18
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. -- PGATour.com featured groups stream for both AM and PM group
Noon to 7 p.m. -- PGATour.com featured holes stream (No. 17, with additional coverage of Nos. 8, 18)
12:30 to 7 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream
Noon to 7 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)