Thursday's first round at the Quicken Loans National turned into one of the bigger days of the golf year last week when Tiger Woods announced his return from injury. But the tournament at Congressional, even with the headlining power of Tiger, struggled to attract attention on a sports day largely dedicated to the USA's attempt to get out of the World Cup group of death and the NBA Draft. Woods also went out at 8:12 a.m. ET, well before any TV cameras had been turned on and finished up before the broadcast on Golf Channel was live.
There won't be that kind of obscurity or competition with other sports broadcasts in Friday's second round, as Woods will be the main show in the afternoon and play most of the his second 18 during Golf Channel's coverage window. Tiger goes off No. 1 at 1:12 p.m., playing alongside Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in this week's marquee group. That's still an hour before Golf Channel goes live on the air, but we should see a majority of his round, about 13 or 14 holes, during the broadcast and of course they'll show his every shot.
Woods opens with a 74 in 1st round
Tiger Woods struggled some in his return to competitive golf on Thursday, but a few players did find more success, including Greg Chalmers who leads at 5-under.
Friday afternoon may also be the last time we get to see Tiger in competition for awhile. The tournament host will probably spend much of the day hovering around or on the wrong side of the cut line. The projected cut at the top of the day is 2-over and he's currently in a tie for 83rd place at 3-over after starting with some ugly play up around the greenThursday morning. Woods eventually got some momentum coming into the clubhouse, making three birdies in his final six holes to at least get out of dead last on the leaderboard and give himself a chance to make the weekend.
Tiger said repeatedly before the tournament started that he just wanted to shake off some rust and play his way into competitive shape, but he may only get two rounds to do so. We already know this will be the last time Tiger tees it up before the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, so he needs to get to work Friday in order to get one full four-day event under his belt before the season's third major arrives in three weeks. It's his tournament and a course where he's generally comfortable, but watching Tiger try to get over that cut line should provide a nice bit of drama for Golf Channel late in the workday.
The return is obviously a huge boost for the PGA Tour and all its TV partners. Golf Channel will have sole broadcasting duties again in the second round before the usual weekend split with CBS for the final 36 holes. They will be live at 2:30 p.m. ET, but we should also get plenty of highlights and live look-ins on the start of Tiger's round before that. If you're stuck in the office on a summer Friday afternoon, a most unenviable position, Golf Channel will also have their typical simulcast stream up and running via their LiveExtra service. Here are all your media options for the second round from Congressional.
Friday's second round coverage
2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel
2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream
1 to 7 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)