USGA ANNOUNCES TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

NBC and ESPN to air 35 hours of live U.S. Open coverage

By USGA
May 24, 2013

Viewers will be able to watch seven USGA competitions on television this year. (USGA/Steve Gibbons)

The United States Golf Association, in conjunction with its television partners NBC Sports, ESPN and Golf Channel, today announced the broadcast schedule for the 2013 USGA championship season. In all, 65 hours of live coverage will air from the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, including 35 hours of live coverage of the 113th U.S. Open Championship from Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

In addition to the three Open championships, NBC and Golf Channel will provide television coverage of the U.S. Amateur Championship, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, as well as the Walker Cup Match. 

“The USGA’s Open and amateur championships are among the most prestigious events in all of competitive golf,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “Through our partnerships with NBC, ESPN and Golf Channel, we are able to deliver these events to fans across the country and around the world. With ground-breaking technology, those at home will be able to experience the championships as if they are walking with the crowds at Merion, Sebonack and our other world-class venues.”

NBC and ESPN will combine to air 35 hours of live 2013 U.S. Open coverage, up from 32 hours in 2012. ESPN will air the first two rounds (June 13-14) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, followed by coverage on NBC from 3-5 p.m. EDT. First- and second-round coverage will return to ESPN from 5-7 p.m. EDT. NBC will provide coverage of the third and fourth rounds (June 15-16) from noon to 7:30 p.m. EDT.

If necessary, a playoff will be contested on Monday, June 17, 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 68th U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., will be televised on ESPN2 from 3-7 p.m. EDT on June 27-28. NBC will air the third and fourth rounds (June 29-30), from 3-6 p.m. EDT, with a 30-minute pre-round program at 2:30 p.m. EDT on each day.

The first and second rounds of the 34th U.S. Senior Open from Omaha (Neb.) Country Club will air on ESPN2 on July 11-12 from 4-8 p.m. EDT. NBC Sports will broadcast the third and fourth rounds (July 13-14), from 3-6 p.m. EDT, preceded each day by a 30-minute pre-round program at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

NBC and Golf Channel will jointly cover the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Golf Channel will air the first round of match play on Aug. 14 from 4-6 p.m. EDT, followed by second-round coverage on Aug. 15 from noon to 2 p.m. EDT and the quarterfinal round on Aug. 16 from 9-11 p.m. EDT. NBC will air the semifinal matches (Aug. 17) and the championship match (Aug. 18) from 4-6 p.m. EDT. 

Coverage of the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina will air on Golf Channel, beginning with the first round of match play on Aug. 7 from 3-5 p.m. EDT. The broadcast will continue Aug. 8-11 from 4-6 p.m. EDT each day, with coverage of the third round through the championship match.

Golf Channel will also provide coverage of the 66th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship from Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., and the 44th Walker Cup Match from National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. Junior Amateur quarterfinal coverage will air July 26 from 1-3 p.m. EDT, followed by the championship match on July 27 from 4-6 p.m. EDT. Coverage of the Walker Cup Match is scheduled for Sept. 7-8 from 4-6 p.m. EDT.

USGA Championships Television Schedule

113th U.S. Open    
Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa. (June 13-16)  
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Tuesday, June 11 2-3 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
Wednesday, June 12 2-3 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
Thursday, June 13 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ESPN First Round
  3-5 p.m. NBC First Round
  5-7 p.m. ESPN First Round (Part II)
  8-11 p.m. ESPN Best of First Round (tape)
Friday, June 14 12-1 a.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
  1-4 a.m. ESPN2 Best of First Round (tape)
  9 a.m.-3 p.m. ESPN Second Round
  3-5 p.m. NBC Second Round
  5-7 p.m. ESPN Second Round (Part II)
  8-11 p.m. ESPN Best of Second Round (tape)
Saturday, June 15 12-1 a.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
  2-5 a.m. ESPN2 Best of Second Round (tape)
  11 a.m.-Noon ESPN SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
  Noon-7:30 p.m. NBC Third Round
Sunday, June 16 12-1 a.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
  2-5 a.m. ESPN2 Best of Third Round (tape)
  11 a.m.-Noon ESPN SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
  Noon-7:30 p.m. NBC Fourth Round
Monday, June 17 12-1 a.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open
  1-4 a.m. ESPN2 Best of Fourth Round (tape)
  Noon-2 p.m. ESPN Playoff Round
  2 p.m.-Conclusion NBC Playoff Round
       
68th U.S. Women's Open    
Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y. (June 27-30)  
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Thursday, June 27 3-7 p.m. ESPN2 First Round
Friday, June 28 3-7 p.m. ESPN2 Second Round
Saturday, June 29 2:30-3 p.m. NBC Live From Women's Open (pre-game)
  3-6 p.m. NBC Third Round
Sunday, June 30 2:30-3 p.m. NBC Live From Women's Open (pre-game)
  3-6 p.m. NBC Fourth Round
       
34th U.S. Senior Open    
Omaha (Neb.) Country Club (July 11-14)    
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Thursday, July 11 4-8 p.m. ESPN2 First Round
Friday, July 12 4-8 p.m. ESPN2 Second Round
Saturday, July 13 2:30-3 p.m. NBC Live From Senior Open (pre-game)
  3-6 p.m. NBC Third Round
Sunday, July 14 2:30-3 p.m. NBC Live From Senior Open (pre-game)
  3-6 p.m. NBC Fourth Round
       
66th U.S. Junior Amateur    
Martis Camp Club, Truckee, Calif. (July 22-27)  
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Friday, July 26 12:30-2:30 p.m. Golf Channel Quarterfinals, Match Play
Saturday, July 27 6-8 p.m. Golf Channel Championship Match
       
113th U.S. Women's Amateur  
Country Club of Charleston (S.C.) (Aug. 5-11)  
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Wednesday, Aug. 7 3-5 p.m. Golf Channel First Round, Match Play
Thursday, Aug. 8 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Second Round, Match Play
Friday, Aug. 9 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Quarterfinals, Match Play
Saturday, Aug. 10 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Semifinals, Match Play
Sunday, Aug. 11 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Championship Match
       
113th U.S. Amateur    
The Country Club, Brookline, Mass. (Aug. 12-18)  
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Wednesday, Aug. 14 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel First Round, Match Play
Thursday, Aug. 15 Noon-2 p.m. Golf Channel Second Round, Match Play
Friday, Aug. 16 9-11 p.m. Golf Channel Quarterfinals, Match Play
Saturday, Aug. 17 4-6 p.m. NBC Semifinals, Match Play
Sunday, Aug. 18 4-6 p.m. NBC Championship Match
       
44th Walker Cup Match    
National Golf Links of America, Southampton, N.Y. (Sept. 7-8)
Day, Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Saturday, Sept. 7 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Day One
Sunday, Sept. 8 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Day Two
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