talkSPORT to broadcast Open golf commentary

Digital radio station talkSPORT 2 will broadcast ball-by-ball coverage of the Open Championship for the first time this week.

Golf’s oldest major professional tournament is being held from 19-22 July in Scotland at Carnoustie.

Richard Kaufman will present live coverage from the course with news, live commentary and interviews from top players at the tournament.

Regular updates will be broadcast on the main talkSPORT station with golf correspondent Bob Bubka, the ‘poshest’ man on the station, Rupert Bell and talkSPORT regular Russell Hargreaves.

Former European and PGA Tour players will be in the commentary box and on the course in Scotland, including Paul Eales, Gordon Brand Jnr and Carl Paulson. Raymond Burns will join Matt Adams, Ron Jones, Sue Thearle and Alison Walker.

Liam Fisher, National Radio controller at talkSPORT, said: “talkSPORT has holed a ten footer to land rights to golf’s oldest major, with the world’s greatest golfers on display. After talkSPORT’s around the clock coverage of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, what better way to embrace the height of summer than to tune in for the season’s biggest major with Rory, Tiger and Bubba.”

It’s the first time since 2007 that talkSPORT has held the rights for the tournament. The station has recently added boxing and overseas cricket to its stable of sports and recently broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup. talkSPORT 2 already offers coverage of EFL football, the Premier League, PDC world darts and Premiership Rugby.

Both talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 are available on DAB digital radio across the UK, as well as the talkSPORT app.

BBC Radio 5 live will also broadcast coverage and commentary from the 147th Open. Presenter John Inverdale hosts a preview programme on Wednesday evening with live commentary starting on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra on Thursday morning at 8am.

Coverage will continue on the main BBC Radio 5 live station from noon on each day of this year’s championship.

Both stations are available on DAB digital radio, in the BBC iPlayer Radio app and online.