How to watch Joe Buck's PGA Championship show on ESPN. Charles Barkley, J.J. Watt are guests

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Sounds as if ESPN might have shanked one into the trees with part of its coverage of the PGA Championship. Though you never know.

If you follow NFL football or watch the World Series on Fox, you know that there is one truism that links both sports: People hate Joe Buck.

But no more!

Oh, they’ll still hate Buck. They’re just going to have to hate him somewhere else.

Buck and his announcing partner, Troy Aikman (“the Hall of Famer,” as Buck never fails to say by way of introduction), made the big-money move to ESPN in the NFL offseason. They’ll call “Monday Night Football” for ESPN and sometimes ABC beginning this fall.

Buck's golf show is a knockoff of the Mannings' football show

Buck lost baseball coverage in the deal. But now his new network has given him another gig: “PGA Championship With Joe Buck & Michael Collins,” which will air throughout the tournament, which takes place Thursday through Sunday.

Yes, it’s the dreaded “alternative broadcast,” something networks have tried for sporting-event broadcasts for ages, and have produced exactly one that really worked: “Monday Night Football With Peyton and Eli.”

That would be Peyton and Eli Manning, whose goofball banter and genuine football knowledge, along with the occasional F-bomb from guests like Marshawn Lynch, made the alternative broadcast better than the traditional one.

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Which is probably one reason Buck and Aikman are at ESPN now, and the former crew is doing whatever former crews do.

Anyway, Buck and Collins, who hosts “America’s Caddie” on ESPN+, will host their own show during the tournament, with the first hour on ESPN and the next three on ESPN+.

Yes, next three. We’re getting four hours each day. That’s a whole lot of Joe Buck, by any measure.

And who are two of the scheduled guests for Thursday’s debut?

Peyton and Eli Manning.

Why not? The Buck-Collins show is a clear knockoff of the Mannings’ show. Might as well go to the source: Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions produces the Buck-Collins show in conjunction with ESPN.

Scheduled guests include Arizona Cardinal J.J. Watt and Charles Barkley

Also scheduled for Thursday: J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona resident (and Olympic legend) Michael Phelps.

Other scheduled guests for the weekend: Aikman (naturally), Charles Barkley, Jon Hamm and Doris Burke.

This makes a lot of sense from ESPN’s perspective. It’s a launching pad for one of the network’s big new hires. (By big, we mean big: Depending on who’s talking, Buck reportedly signed for five years at $15 million a year; Aikman also signed for five years at $18 million a year. That’ll pay for a lot of tee times.)

It also throws a bone to Manning and his production company. Not everyone liked the Manning show — I did — but the Mannings’ broadcast was one of the few true innovations in sports broadcasting that didn’t feel like it was just a weird money-grabbing afterthought trying to pick up a few viewers who didn’t live and breathe football.

But how is Buck going to capture the casual golf fan?

He’s not a stranger to the game. He's called the U.S. Open for Fox. He’s also hosted a talk show, “Joe Buck Live,” on HBO; this is sort of a combination of those two things.

Which may not be good news. Ahem. There’s a reason Buck makes his living calling football and baseball and not calling golf and hosting talk shows.

Then again, one of the reasons people don’t like Buck is because he’s so smug he makes Donald Trump look like he suffers from a confidence crisis. And if ever there was a sport that invites smugness — a sport that practically demands it — it’s golf. So perhaps Buck will fit right in.

After all, Peyton Manning is no stranger to being smug. But he can lean into that in a comical way, and Eli was his willing foil, a kind of court jester (and the show’s secret weapon).

Collins is pretty funny, but Buck so far hasn’t really shown the kind of self-awareness Peyton has. He’ll need to if this is going to work at all. Otherwise, ESPN’s going to be taking a mulligan.

How to watch 'PGA Championship With Joe Buck & Michael Collins'

10 a.m. Arizona time Thursday and Friday on ESPN. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday on ESPN+.

6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on ESPN. 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on ESPN+.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: How to watch Joe Buck's alternative PGA Championship broadcast on ESPN