NBC, ESPN to air more than 30 hours of live U.S. Open coverage May 6, 2012 By USGA

The USGA's broadcast partners will offer more than 30 hours of live programming from the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (USGA Museum)

Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association, in conjunction with its television partners NBC Sports, ESPN and Golf Channel, today announced the broadcast schedule for the 2012 USGA championship season. In all, 60 hours of live coverage will air from the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, including more than 30 hours of live coverage of the 112th U.S. Open Championship from The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

In addition to the three Open championships, NBC and Golf Channel will provide television coverage of the U.S. Amateur Championship, to be held at Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., in August. The U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior championships are also part of the broadcast schedule.

“It is important that we continue to provide golf fans access to both the USGA’s Open and amateur championships,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “NBC and ESPN’s primetime coverage of the U.S. Open will heighten the viewer experience of the national championship and capture the drama that will unfold at The Olympic Club. Network coverage of the Women’s Open and Senior Open will display each championship’s spirited competition on challenging venues.”

NBC and ESPN will combine to air 32 hours of live U.S. Open coverage. ESPN has added one hour to its Thursday and Friday broadcasts, which begin at noon (EDT) on June 14-15. NBC’s coverage of the first two rounds can be seen from 3-5 p.m. EDT, followed by coverage from 5-10 p.m. EDT on ESPN. NBC will broadcast the third round (June 16) and fourth round (June 17) from 4-10 p.m. EDT and will precede that coverage with a 60-minute pre-round program, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT. If necessary, a playoff will be contested on Monday, June 18, starting at noon EDT. ESPN will cover the first two hours and NBC will provide coverage through the playoff’s completion.

The first two rounds of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. on July 5-6 will be televised on ESPN2, from 4-8 p.m. EDT. NBC will air the third and fourth rounds (July 7-8), from 3-6 p.m. EDT. The network has added a 30-minute pre-round program to the schedule, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The U.S. Senior Open’s first and second rounds (July 12-13) from Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich. will air on ESPN2, from 3-7 p.m. EDT. NBC Sports will broadcast the third and fourth rounds (July 14-15), from 3-6 p.m. EDT.

NBC and Golf Channel will work together on the coverage of the 112th U.S. Amateur. NBC will show both the semifinal matches (Aug. 18) and the championship match (Aug. 19) at 4 p.m. EDT.  Golf Channel is moving its Thursday and Friday coverage (Aug. 16-17) to prime time. Thursday’s match play begins at 6:30 p.m. EDT, while Friday’s quarterfinals is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EDT.

USGA Championship Television Schedule  

112th U.S. Open Championship, The Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif. (June 14-17)

Date Time (EDT) Network Program 
June 122-3 p.m.ESPN2Preview
June 132-3 p.m.         ESPN2Preview
June 14 (Thur.)Noon-3 p.m.    ESPN*First Round
 3-5 p.m.NBCFirst Round
 5-10 p.m.    ESPN*First Round
June 15 (Friday)Midnight-1 a.m.ESPN2SportCenter at Open
 1-4 a.m.ESPN2First Round Highlights
 Noon-3 p.m.ESPN*Second Round
 3-5 p.m.NBCSecond Round
 5-10 p.m.ESPN*Second Round
June 16 (Saturday)Midnight-1 a.m.ESPN2SportsCenter at Open
 3-6 a.m.ESPN2Second Round Highlights
 1:30-2:30 p.m.ESPNSportsCenter at Open
 3-4 p.m.NBCLive at U.S. Open
 4-10 p.m.NBCThird Round
June 17 (Sunday)Midnight-1 a.m.ESPN2SportsCenter at Open
 3-6 a.m.ESPN2Third Round Highlights
 1:30-2:30 p.m.ESPNSportsCenter at Open
 3-4 p.m.NBCLive at U.S. Open
 4-10 p.m.NBCFourth Round
June 18 (Monday)Midnight-1 a.m.ESPN2SportsCenter at Open
 1-4 a.m.ESPN2Fourth Round Highlights
 Noon-2 p.m.ESPNPlayoff (if necessary)
 2 p.m.-ConclusionNBCPlayoff (if necessary)

*-Indicates program will be broadcast via ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile TV

67th U.S. Women's Open Championship, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis. (July 5-8)


Date Time (EDT) Network Program 
July 5 (Thur.)4-8 p.m. ESPN2*First Round
July 6 (Friday)4-8 p.m.ESPN2*Second Round
July 7 (Saturday)2:30-3 p.m.NBCLive at Women's Open
 3-6 p.m.NBCThird Round
July 8 (Sunday)2:30-3 p.m.NBCLive at Women's Open
 3-6 p.m.NBCFourth Round

*-Indicates program will be broadcast via ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile TV

33rd U.S. Senior Open Championship, Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Lake Orion, Mich. (July 12-15)

Date Time (EDT) Network Program 
July 12 (Thur.)3-7 p.m.ESPN2*First Round
July 13 (Friday)3-7 p.m.ESPN2*Second Round
July 14 (Saturday)3-6 p.m.NBCThird Round
July 15 (Sunday)3-6 p.m.NBCFourth Round

 *-Indicates program will be broadcast via ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile TV

64th U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif. (July 16-21)

Date      Time (EDT) Network      Program  
July 20 (Friday)12:30-2:30 p.m.Golf ChannelQuarterfinal Matches
July 21 (Saturday)6-8 p.m.Golf ChannelChampionship Match

 112th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, The Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio (Aug. 6-12)

Date Time (EDT) Network Program 
Aug. 8 (Wed.)3-5 p.m.Golf ChannelFirst Round Matches
Aug. 9 (Thur.)3-5 p.m.Golf ChannelThird Round Matches
Aug. 10 (Friday)3-5 p.m.Golf ChannelQuarterfinal Matches
Aug. 11 (Saturday)3-5 p.m.Golf ChannelSemifinal Matches
Aug. 12 (Sunday)3-5 p.m.Golf ChannelChampionship Match


112th U.S. Amateur Championship, Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (Aug. 13-19)

Date Time (EDT) Network Program 
Aug. 15 (Wed.)4-6 p.m.Golf ChannelFirst Round Matches
Aug. 16 (Thur.)6:30-8:30 p.m.Golf ChannelFirst Round Matches
Aug. 17 (Friday)8:30-10:30 p.m.Golf ChannelQuarterfinal Matches
Aug. 18 (Saturday)4-6 p.m.NBCSemifinal Matches
Aug. 19 (Sunday)4-6 p.m.NBCChampionship Match


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