How to watch Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in The Open for the Ages

The Open for the Ages is set to broadcast Sunday starting at 6:00 a.m. ET on the R&A YouTube channel.

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It’s golf’s greatest hypothetical. If Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and two dozen more of golf’s greatest players battled it out at the Old Course at St. Andrews, who would win?

Now, it’s no longer a hypothetical.

In place of what would’ve been Open Championship Sunday, the R&A has erected a new kind of golf experiment. The Open organizers spent months orienting a first-of-its-kind golf experience, using 50 years of archival footage to edit together a realistic Open Championship experience.

The Open for the Ages, as its called, is using the archival footage to pit 20 of golf’s greatest players against one another in a faux tournament at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

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Producers utilized a statistical regression of players’ Old Course stats alongside a fan vote to determine the winner and leaderboard for the event. Then, they edited together the archival footage to resemble a real-life final round broadcast, digitally altering grandstands, players and even the pigment of the St. Andrews grass to provide a realistic feel for viewers.

After more than 1,000 hours of editing between the R&A and IMG Productions, the final product is available to fans on the R&A’s YouTube page starting at 6:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 19 (you can watch the entire, three-hour final round at the link here).

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.