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The Open wins BAFTA award

The innovative production of The 145th Open at Royal Troon by Sky Sports and European Tour Productions was recognised at the annual BAFTA television awards in London, winning the BAFTA for best sports production.

The Open was named the winner ahead of BBC's coverage of the Rio Olympics and the Six Nations clash between England and Wales, while the Paralympics on Channel 4 was also nominated.

The 145th Open saw Henrik Stenson earn a record-breaking victory and his maiden major title after one of the most dramatic final-day duels in Open history as the Swede held off Phil Mickelson with a stunning nine-under 63.

The first tee shot of the championship was screened live for the first time on British television as Colin Montgomerie got the tournament under way on his home course, while The Open Zone was a hugely popular innovation throughout the week as the world's top players gave insight into their games.

 

Sky Sports also won the best multimedia sports package at the Sports Journalism Awards in February for its extensive coverage of The Open, beating nominations for four Olympic packages.

The Open’s American broadcast partner, NBC Sports, won Best Live Coverage of a National Sporting Event at the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards, beating the broadcast of several other high-profile events including Super Bowl 50, the World Series, and the Rio Olympics.

The world’s best players will take to the historic links at Royal Birkdale this summer for The 146th Open (16-23 July) where Stenson will look to defend his title. The Championship can once again be seen live on Sky Sports, with prime-time highlights appearing each evening on BBC. Comprehensive coverage will also be available on TheOpen.com and in the official Open App, including Featured Group and Three Hole live channels.