While the Masters may get the hype and the glory, the U.S. Open is the most demanding golf tournament of the year.
Expect the best players in the world to have plenty of difficulty when they tee off at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, for the first round Thursday. The tournament is scheduled to conclude Sunday, barring any long weather delays.
The U.S. Open is known for its narrow fairways and punishing rough, and it figures to be as tough as ever this year. One of the reasons for that is the relatively easy time golfers had in the 2017 event at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Fox Sports has announced its live coverage plans for its 2018 USGA events, which includes more than 150 hours of coverage across the nine championships. Headlining the release is more than 45 hours of coverage from the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
The Sectional Qualifying Show on FS1 will kick off U.S. Open coverage at 10 p.m. ET on June 4, the evening after 11 qualifiers are held across U.S. and England. Groupings and tee times will be announced June 7 on FS1’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
The week of the U.S. Open, coverage will begin with the debut of the four-hole “Celebration of Champions” from 4:30-6 p.m. on June 12. On June 13, FS1 will air “Wednesday at the U.S. Open” from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Below is the schedule for tournament coverage (ET):
Round 1, Thursday, June 14: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on FS1; 4:30-7:30 p.m. FOX
Round 2, Friday, June 15: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on FS1; 4:30-7:30 p.m. FOX
Round 3, Saturday, June 16: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. FOX; 4-7:30 p.m. FOX Deportes
Round 4, Sunday, June 17: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FOX; 4-7 p.m. FOX Deportes
Live streaming coverage will be available on Fox Sports Go. Additional streaming, including two featured groups and a featured holes channel, will be available on usopen.com and the U.S. Open app during the first and second rounds of the event.
In all, the U.S. Open will air in more than 190 countries on six continents. USGA executive director Mike Davis was complimentary of the offerings. “Fox Sports has furthered its commitment to an innovative viewing experience with its coverage of our championships, in a format that will deliver more golf content to fans around the world,” he said.