Wednesday, June 17

Greg Instead of Johnny, FOX Instead of NBC

THE 115TH U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP will be different. That's for sure.

First, it will be played on a links-style layout that opened on the edge of the Puget Sound way back in 2007. So much for tradition. Second, this national championship will be broadcast by FOX Sports. Goodbye, Johnny. Hello, Greg (Norman).

I like Chambers Bay. At least I like the idea of it. If the USGA's Mike Davis gets the setup right -- and he usually does -- it should be spectacular. I don't know what to think about FOX, yet. I do know they are revved up for their 38.5 hours of U.S. Open coverage.

So, tomorrow, remember to tune in to FOX Sports 1. Following is the U.S. Open TV schedule. All times Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Date                Network                                 Broadcast Hours (Local/PDT)
June 18           Fox Sports 1                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.
                       Fox                                        5-8 p.m.     
June 19           Fox Sports 1                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.
                       Fox                                        5-8 p.m.
June 20           Fox                                         11 a.m.-7 p.m.
                       Fox Deportes                          4-7:30 p.m.
June 21           Fox                                         11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
                       Fox Deportes                          4-7:30 p.m.
June 22*          Fox Sports 1 & Fox                 Noon to conclusion
*If needed, an 18-hole playoff will be scheduled

Notes: Fox and Fox Sports 1 will air more than 38 hours of live coverage throughout the championship. Seven-time Emmy Award-winning announcer Joe Buck serves as the lead U.S. Open on Fox announcer and is joined by lead analyst, World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time major champion Greg Norman in the 18th Tower throughout the week. Other analysts include former professionals Brad Faxon, Corey Pavin, Tom Weiskopf, Steve Flesch, Juli Inkster, Scott McCarron and Jay Delsing, in addition to course design expert Gil Hanse. Additional members of the coverage team are Charles Davis and Holly Sonders (on-course reporters), Curt Menefee and Shane O’Donoghue (hosts) and rules expert David Fay.


Anonymous said...

I don't think there is any better than Johnny & NBC
for that matter.Johnny was a teacher & often a critic.
When I sat down to watch Golf on NBC...I always seemed to
learn something about the technical aspects of the game from Johnny Miller.

Another reason he was refreshing was his knack to be critical
of players.i.eI remember JohhnyM being highly skeptical of all the bulk
TWoods was enamored with....."U don't have to be built like a linebacker
to play great golf", were his words at that time.

I also remember JohnnyM hammering Haney...By this time Tiger couldn't seem to hit
a drive longer than 250yrs....Soon after Haney & Woods partnership was a thing of the past.

Gee think how interesting it would have been to hear JohnnyM presenting Twoods
in the feature group round 1 at Chambers Bay performance....

The Armchair Golfer said...

I liked Johnny, too. The FOX broadcast team will take some getting used to. I'm sure they'll debrief and fine-tune as they move on from their first U.S. Open.