GolfMagic readers label BBC's US PGA coverage "dull", "rubbish", "an epic fail"

What have you made of BBC's coverage of the US PGA at Quail Hollow so far? 

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GolfMagic's British readers vented their frustration at the BBC's opening day coverage of the US PGA.

BBC had been afforded coverage of golf's final major of the season for the very first time after Sky failed to agree a continuation in their broadcast rights. 

The coverage, at times deadly silent and lacking any real energy, was led by Eilidh Barbour with Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Mark James in the commentary box. 

In a day and age where golf is trying to encourage more youngsters and participation in the sport, it appeared common ground across Twitter that the BBC had indeed taken a giant leap backwards in comparison to the live golf coverage that Sky Sports have recently been producing. 

We received a number of tweets and Facebook posts with comments such as "dull", "rubbish", "epic fail" and "a return to the dark ages".

To compound things for the BBC, viewers waited all afternoon for someone to catch early pacesetter Thorbjorn Olesen on 4-under and the BBC went off air just as Kevin Kisner stood over a 20-foot birdie putt at 18 to tie the lead.

What happened? The American duly holed the putt, apparently. 

A number of our readers, among many others on social media, vented their anger at both the BBC and Sky Sports after being left unable to see around half of the first round's play that was hidden away on the red button.

This was due to the main channel covering the World Athletics Championships in London. 

Upon posting a tweet and Facebook post out to our social media following during the coverage, we soon received an influx of disapproving comments.

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Jordan Spieth began his chase of golf's Grand Slam at 1.25pm but viewers were left unable to see any of his first round live after their broadcast began at 6pm.

During Spieth's round, programmes broadcast on BBC Two included repeats of A Taste of Britain, and Antiques Road Trip, plus the Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas.

Spieth went on to post an opening 1-over 72 to lie five strokes off the pace.

Even then the action was not scheduled for the BBC's main two TV channels, with only users of the red button and iPlayer services, plus visitors to the BBC's website, able to watch.

The BBC pounced to win the rights to televise the US PGA in a cut-price deal after talks between Sky Sports and the PGA of America broke down over money. 

Sky had previously held the rights to all four majors after the BBC lost The Open in 2015, and only last month launched their new dedicated golf channel.