Refunds offered for pay-per-view match
Turner's B/R Live brand is offering a refund to those who experienced technical difficulties during the Phil MickelsonTiger Woods pay-per-view match in Las Vegas.
B/R Live said Saturday that it would offer refunds. Charter Spectrum, Cox Communications, Dish/Sling TV and AT&T — via its DirecTV and U-Verse platforms — also announced refunds.
Technical difficulties marred the event, which was billed as golf's first pay-perview broadcast.
Some viewers unable to view it on their televisions after paying $19.95. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices.
There were over 500 people on hold online waiting for assistance during one point.
Turner Sports said in an emailed statement: “Prior to the start of the event, we experienced a technical issue with the B/R Live paywall that we tried to quickly resolve. We decided to take down the paywall to ensure that fans who already purchased the event would not miss any action. This did not impact the live streaming of the competition and fans were treated to an event that was both engaging and memorable. Unfortunately, the pre-match technical issue did occur, and we will offer fans who purchased the event on B/R Live a refund.”
Mickelson won Friday's match over Woods on the fourth playoff hole to win $9 million.
WORLD CUP: Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry have positioned Belgium as strong favorites for their first World Cup of Golf victory.
Pieters and Detry take a five-stroke lead into the final round at Metropolitan on Sunday which will be played in the foursomes (alternate shot) format.
It will also be played under cloudy skies and periods of drizzle, as has most of the 72-hole tournament. The weather was at its worst on Friday, when driving rain and cold temperatures had some golfers saying they had never played in more difficult conditions.
Mexico's Abraham Ancer, who won last week's Australian Open, and his partner Roberto Diaz, are one of the teams tied for second. The others are Andrea Pavan and Renato Paratore of Italy and South Korea's Byeong Hun An and Si Woo Kim.
Three teams were tied for fifth — Sweden, Australia and England, six strokes behind Belgium.