EPICS: TWO WINNERS Premieres Tonight at 8:00 PM ET on FS1
Shoal Creek, Ala. – “Sweet Home Alabama, where the skies are so blue.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic song lived up to its billing Thursday during first round action at the 73rd U.S. Women’s Open Championship, telecast live on FS1. After days of soaking rain that shortened Wednesday’s scheduled practice rounds, the sun shone Thursday over Shoal Creek in Shoal Creek, Ala., teeing off FOX Sports’ 2018 slate of USGA championships.
For the first time ever, FOX Sports offers an uninterrupted broadcast of the entire U.S. Women’s Open on FOX, FS1, the FOX Sports app and usga.org as part of the USGA Championships on FOX presented by Rolex. Highlights from today’s coverage are below:
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Today’s Top Quotes:
Two-Time U.S. Women’s Open Champion & FOX Sports Analyst Juli Inkster Weighs in on Player Preparation Heading into the Championship:
“As a player, preparation is what it’s all about. This is a new golf course for everybody. Here at Shoal Creek, no one’s seen it before. Everybody wants to get out there for the U.S. Women’s Open, which is the biggest championship that these players will play all year – the most prestigious. With no practice rounds, some played 18 holes and others didn’t. As a player, that would freak me out because I’m all about preparation. But a lot of younger players that I talked to just said there’s nothing we could do. They went out and watched TV. They weren’t really worried about their preparation… They’re just going to go and freewheel it, and that’s what the younger players really do well.”
Eight-Time PGA Tour Winner & FOX Sports Analyst Brad Faxon Discusses Shoal Creek:
“Shoal Creek is a gem of a Jack Nicklaus course, maybe the best one he designed – with all due respect to Jack and where the PGA Tour might be this week – but this course is fantastic. If players hit it in the rough, they’re going to be challenged. There are some long par 4s here, the 12th and the 4th, are the two hardest holes already on the golf course. It’s going to be fun to watch.”
Beginning tonight immediately following the conclusion of first round action, FOX Sports supplements its live coverage from Shoal Creek with the first film from its EPICS series. EPICS: TWO WINNERS, an hour-long film profiling Se Ri Pak’s unlikely victory in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open, which galvanized a wave of South Korean female golfers who now are among the biggest names on the LPGA Tour, premieres tonight at 8:00 PM ET on FS1.
On Sunday, EPICS: TIGER AND ROCCO premieres on the FOX broadcast network at 1:00 PM ET, featuring the dramatic Monday playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate for the 2008 U.S. Open Championship.
FOX Sports’ live U.S. Women’s Open Championship coverage continues Friday, June 1 with second round action on FS1 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM ET, with early competition streaming live on usga.org from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET. The third and final rounds air on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM ET. In addition to a concurrent live stream of each day’s action, the FOX Sports app also offers a bonus featured groups channel throughout the championship.