With just over one week until its second presentation of the U.S. Open Championship, FOX Sports today announced its full broadcast schedule and programming plan for the 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
Highlighted by more than 40 hours of live golf action across the FOX family of networks, FOX Sports airs 22.5 hours on FOX, matching 2015’s inaugural broadcast, up from 19 hours on broadcast television in 2014. Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, the first seven hours of action are televised on FS1 from 10:00 AM ET to 5:00 PM ET, before moving to local FOX stations from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ET. FOX airs coverage from 11:00 AM ET to 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, June 18 and from 11:00 AM ET to 7:30 PM ET on Sunday, June 19. In the event of a tie at the conclusion of Sunday’s final round, an 18-hole playoff airs Monday, June 20 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX. In addition, FS1 airs 30-minute wrap-up shows following each of the championship’s four rounds, Thursday through Sunday.
FOX Deportes televises 6.5 hours of U.S. Open coverage in Spanish for the second time in the championship’s storied history, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM ET on Saturday and 4:00 to 7:30 PM ET on Sunday.
Emmy-Award winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, lead analyst Paul Azinger and analyst Brad Faxon anchor the 18th Tower throughout the championship. Hole announcers Mark Brooks and Steve Flesch and on-course reporters Ken Brown, Juli Inkster, Scott McCarron and Curtis Strange provide insight from a variety of perspectives across Oakmont’s fairways and challenging greens.
Holly Sonders hosts studio coverage alongside Bob Ford, longtime head professional and current director of golf at Oakmont, as well as course design expert Gil Hanse. Rules analyst David Fay, interviewer Shane Bacon and reporter Jaime Diaz also contribute to broadcast coverage.
On the digital front, FOX Sports GO live streams all U.S. Open coverage provided by FS1 and the FOX broadcast network, and offers ‘bonus’ content on three alternate streams created specifically for the event, presenting more than 110 hours of additional coverage. The bonus feeds include two channels following four separate featured groups (two each) and a channel dedicated to featured holes, available daily starting Thursday on FOX Sports GO, www.usopen.com and the U.S. Open app.
FOX Sports’ expansive digital offerings for the U.S. Open are anchored by FOX Sports mainstays Joel Klatt and Justin Kutcher, who provide play-by-play for featured groups. They are joined by a slate of newcomers: broadcaster Luke Elvy, 2011 U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne, 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Brett Quigley and 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson. In addition, analysts Robert Damron, Jay Delsing, Buddy Marucci and Joe Ogilvie, as well as host Ned Michaels, return to FOX Sports’ digital team.
FOX Sports’ U.S. Open preview programming kicks off on Friday, June 10 at 2:05 PM ET, when Azinger joins THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD on FS1 to reveal and react to the U.S. Open groupings for next week’s opening round.
Beginning the week of the U.S. Open, FOX Sports features preview programming on FS1 each day leading up to the championship. On Monday, June 13 at 3:00 PM ET, DRIVE TO THE U.S. OPEN spotlights some of the amateurs and professionals that earned their spots in the field via sectional qualifying tournaments this spring. On Tuesday, June 14 at 3:00 PM ET, the U.S. OPEN PREVIEW SHOW breaks down the field of favorites and takes an in-depth look at Oakmont Country Club as Sonders hosts and is joined by analysts Brooks, Faxon and Flesch. Finally, on Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 AM ET, WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. OPEN takes a last look at the players’ final practice rounds with Inkster, McCarron and Strange reporting from the course. Azinger, Buck and Faxon offer analysis from the 18th Tower, while the entire FOX Sports golf broadcast team contributes insight and features from the studio.
FOX Sports Radio prepares a significant on-site presence throughout championship week. The schedule includes 24 hours of coverage previewing the championship and its opening rounds, with eight hours daily from Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM (Jay Mohr Sports), 6:00 to 8:00 PM ET (Steve Gorman SPORTS!) and 8:00 to 11:00 PM ET (JT “The Brick”).
Coverage will continue on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 as national anchor Dan Beyer provides live updates during play. On-air programming can also be heard on FOXSportsRadio.com and the FOX Sports Radio channel on iHeartRadio.