USGA Announces Viewing Schedule for 2016 Championship Season
FOX Sports to provide more than 120 hours of live coverage across eight USGA championships
FOX Sports, the domestic broadcast partner of the United States Golf Association, will air more than 120 hours of live coverage across eight 2016 USGA championships, including more than 40 hours on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes and continuous live streaming on FOX Sports Go from the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, which is hosting the championship for a record ninth time. FOX Sports will also provide live coverage from the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and five USGA amateur championships.
Additionally, the USGA will live stream approximately 164 hours from the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur on its digital platforms – usopen.com, usga.org and the U.S. Open app. The USGA’s global digital coverage begins with exclusive live action on three channels – two featured groups channels and a featured holes channel – on usopen.com and the U.S. Open app from 7:30-10 a.m. EDT during the first and second rounds of the U.S. Open (June 16-17). The USGA will also broadcast the 116th U.S. Open to more than 170 countries and territories on six continents through its international broadcast partners.
“We are grateful for the commitment and dedication of our partners at FOX Sports to enhance the coverage of our national championships through innovative storytelling,” said Mike Davis, USGA executive director/CEO. “We also look forward to sharing another year of golf history and engaging with fans throughout the season with live digital streaming on usga.org, usopen.com and the U.S. Open app.”
Building up to the U.S. Open, FS1 will present six hours of preview programming, including the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Show, which follows the conclusion of domestic sectional qualifying and airs at 12:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 7. Live championship coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 10 when groupings and starting times are announced on FS1’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, featuring FOX Sports’ lead golf analyst Paul Azinger. Next, FS1 will go live with “Wednesday at the U.S. Open” on June 15 from 10 a.m.-noon EDT.
The first and second rounds of the U.S. Open, June 16-17, will air on FS1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT, followed by coverage on FOX from 5-8 p.m. EDT each day. FOX will provide coverage of the third round on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. EDT and of the fourth round on Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. EDT. FOX Deportes will also televise the third and fourth rounds in Spanish from 4-7 p.m. EDT on June 18 and 4:30-7:30 p.m. EDT on June 19. Additionally, FS1 will air 30-minute wrap-up shows following each round of the U.S. Open. If necessary, an 18-hole playoff will be contested on Monday, June 20, starting at noon EDT, and FOX will provide coverage through the playoff’s completion.
The first two rounds of the 71st U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., will be televised on FS1 from 3-8 p.m. EDT on July 7-8. FOX will air the third and fourth rounds, July 9-10, from 3-7 p.m. EDT.
The first and second rounds of the 37th U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, will air on FS1 on Aug. 11-12 from 1-6 p.m. EDT. FOX will broadcast the third and fourth rounds, Aug. 13-14, from 2-6 p.m. EDT.
FOX and FS1 will cover the 116th U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. FS1 will provide coverage of the first round of match play on Aug. 17, followed by second- and third-round matches on Aug. 18 and quarterfinal matches on Aug. 19, all from 3-6 p.m. EDT. FOX will air the semifinal matches on Aug. 20 and the 36-hole championship match on Aug. 21, both from 3-6 p.m. EDT.
Coverage of the 116th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., will air on FS1, beginning with the first round of match play on Aug. 3 and continuing through the quarterfinal matches on Aug. 5 from 3-6 p.m. EDT each day. The coverage will continue Aug. 6-7 from 1-4 p.m. EDT each day, with coverage of the semifinal and championship matches.
FS1 will also provide coverage of the second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the 68th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., and the 36th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa. Coverage from the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball quarterfinal matches on May 24 and semifinal and championship matches on May 25 will air from 3-5:30 p.m. EDT each day. U.S. Girls’ Junior semifinal coverage will air July 22, followed by the championship match on July 23, both from 2-4 p.m. EDT. The 2016 schedule will conclude with semifinal and championship match coverage of the U.S. Mid-Amateur on Sept. 14-15 from 3-5 p.m.