Golf fans FURIOUS with final round coverage in the United States

Golf fans in America were left bitterly disappointed with the lack of coverage available during the final round of the Workday Charity Open.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2020
Golf fans FURIOUS with final round coverage in the United States

In what was the best end to a tournament since the PGA Tour restarted in June, golf fans in the United States were left disappointed when live coverage of the Workday Charity Open final round was nowhere to be seen on television.

Coverage of the final round at Muirfield Village was being shown live on Golf Channel from 9am until 11am (ET) and during that time, Thomas' lead had slipped, causing a three-way battle with Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland both in the mix.

With the players only through the first seven holes, Golf Channel's coverage ended and fans were told to switch over to CBS, which would take over on tape delay at 3pm.

If fans in the USA wanted to see the final round live they had to watch it on for online streaming or to watch the featured groups coverage, which didn't include the group of Morikawa, Thomas and Hovland.

This infuriated those trying to watch from across the pond, causing thousands of fans to take to Twitter to display their frustration.

Golf Channel/NBC Sports Executive Producer Molly Solomon felt the need to tweet and explain why Golf Channel couldn't show the rest of the tournament, following an onslaught of tweets directed at both Golf Channel and CBS.

"Feel compelled to explain TV rights to all those rabid golf fans," she wrote. "Golf Channel has rights to the weekend lead-in coverage which is comprised of 2 hours before network coverage begins.

“Golf Channel was live from 9-11 AM and CBS is currently streaming live coverage on multiple sites. They will have tape-delayed coverage at 3 PM. Golf Channel doesn’t have rights to current window. Hence, Golf Central keeping you updated.”

Television rights aside, golf fans were furious given that the Workday Charity Open was the only live action on in the States and they couldn't understand how the two broadcast giants couldn't have come up with a better solution.

Check out some of the social reaction below:

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