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Last Updated: Friday, 11 July, 2003, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
The BBC at the Open
You can follow all the action at the 132nd Open Championship with the BBC.

Golf's oldest Major takes place at Royal St George's from Thursday 17 July to Sunday 20 July.

And you can keep in touch on TV, radio, online, Ceefax and digital interactive.


The BBC golf team: Steve Rider, Alex Hay and Peter Alliss
Steve Rider, Alex Hay and Peter Alliss will lead the team at Sandwich
This year's live and exclusive coverage is guided by the regular team of golf experts, commentators and reporters, and enhanced by the interactive service for digital viewers.

Steve Rider hosts around 40 hours of live golf from Sandwich in Kent and is joined by top pundits including 'the voice of golf' Peter Alliss with Ken Brown, Wayne Grady and Alex Hay.

Laura Davies, Gary Player, Julian Tutt and Beverley Lewis are also on hand to provide expert insight.

Each day's live coverage is followed by a late night highlights programme on BBC Two (2150-2230 BST), hosted by golf enthusiast and RTS Presenter of the Year 2003, Gary Lineker.

  • Thursday 17 July: BBC Two, 0900-1930, Highlights, 2130-2230
  • Friday 18 July: BBC Two, 0900-1930, Highlights, 2145-2230
  • Saturday 19 July: BBC One, 1000-1715, Highlights, 2230-2330
  • Sunday 20 July: Grandstand, BBC Two, 1100-close of play, Highlights, 2245-2345

This year will feature even more high tech gadgetry with the debut of Virtual Spectator, which uses a GPS satellite system to pinpoint and offer a 3D animated image of where the ball is located on the course in relation to the hole and the obstacles between them.

Digital viewers will be able to choose what they want to watch, plus access a range of other features at the touch of a button, through BBCi's Open Interactive service.


Listeners can tune in to Five Live 909 & 693MW to enjoy live coverage every day of the competition - from 1pm on Thursday and Friday, and during Sport on Five at the weekend.

John Inverdale presents all the action with commentary from Iain Carter, John Murray, Alan Green, Mark Pougatch and Andrew Cotter, as well as expert summary from Jay Townsend, Paul Eales, Maureen Madill, Andrew Murray, Paul Affleck and Kitrina Douglas.

Peter Allen will be co-presenting Breakfast each day from the course providing unique insight and interviews.

BBC Radio Kent at 96.7, 104.2 & 97.6FM is also offering regular news, views and features from a local perspective as the eyes of the world descend upon Sandwich.


Dedicated in-depth coverage is available on the BBC Sport website at:

As well as a look at the ones to watch, you can check out the latest scores, reports, reaction, comment, audio and video minute-by-minute throughout the tournament.

Try to beat the clock in our special Open jigsaw game and test your golf knowledge in our daily quiz.

There will also be the chance to join in heated debates in our Have Your Say section.

And a team of dedicated reporters will be bringing you the news from behind the scenes at Royal St George's.


Golf fans can keep in touch with all the latest developments via the special section at page 325.

The service will provide a live leaderboard and live selected player scores, clubhouse scores, a full A-Z player's scores list, tee-off times and all the latest reports and reaction.

Coverage will also be provided in the Ceefax regional section with extra focus on the British players, indexed on page 390.






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