Those of you looking forward to watching the British Open that starts tomorrow will have to do so in upconverted Standard Definition for one more year.

2009 should be the last year that golf fans have to make do with upconverted standard-definition coverage of the British Open on their high-definition TV sets, according to executives at ABC Sports/ESPN.

The legendary tournament, one of professional golf’s four major championships, is one of the few big-time sporting events to not yet adopt HD production. So cable network TNT, which is airing the first two rounds from the Ailsa Course at Turnberry, Scotland this Thursday and Friday, as well as early-morning coverage Saturday and Sunday, and ABC, which will broadcast the final two rounds, will once again upconvert the SD pictures for U.S. hi-def audiences.

But that will change for the 2010 Open at St. Andrews, when live coverage of the tournament’s four rounds will be telecast on cable network ESPN, with broadcast network and corporate sibling ABC airing a highlights show on Saturday and Sunday.

via Broadcasting & Cable.

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