New BBC Podcast Celebrates the Countdown to the 150th Open Championship
The BBC is launching a new podcast ahead of the 150th Open Championship that will re-visit some of the most memorable moments from past Championships, with exclusive interviews from some of golfs biggest names.
Host by BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter and commentator Katherine Downes, the pair will look back on unforgettable moments and share stories from Open Championships in recent years.
Iain Carter said: “The Open is always a very special week – my favourite in any golfing year – but this year is extra special. This is the 150th edition of golf’s oldest and, for me, most prestigious championship. It is fitting that the event is being played on the Old Course in St Andrews, the home of golf, and a magical place for all fans of the sport across the globe. Having attended my first Open back in 1982 and covered every staging this century for BBC Radio, I’m thrilled that we are marking this occasion with our podcast series. It is a privilege to be able to tell some of the stories that have helped make this such an incredible event.
“We will hear exclusively from the likes of Rory McIlroy and defending champion Collin Morikawa, while some of the players who came so close to the Claret Jug tell us of their agonies in striving for the famous trophy, including Adam Scott and Ian Poulter. We also look at how the championship came into being with the first Open in 1860 and examine the greats of the game who have won this iconic title such as Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.”
The first episode will be released on May 12 with Iain and Katherine speaking to 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy as he reflects on his victory at Royal Liverpool and reveals why he thinks he hasn’t won a major since winning the PGA Championship that summer.
Further episodes will be released every Thursday on the “5 Live All About…” podcast feed on BBC Sounds. BBC Radio 5 Live will bring listeners full coverage of the 150th Open Championship from St Andrews between July 14-17.
Listen and subscribe to ‘All About: The Open‘ HERE.