Re­funds of­fered for pay-per-view match

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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.

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