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Jun 12, 2013 | 08:42 AM

The Virtual Open

Another year has passed and once again your dreams in playing in the U.S. Open were shattered, but you do have the chance to play virtually. Running for the fifth year in a row, the World Golf Tour and the USGA have teamed up to recreate Merion Golf Club to present their "Virtual U.S. Open." Prizes for the 2013 Virtual U.S. Open include a dream trip for two to the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 as a guest of the USGA and multiple gift cards for U.S. Open merchandise. The top 156 scores plus ties by June 30, 2013 (right now to make the cut you’d have shoot a 57 or 13 under) will advance to the Virtual U.S. open Championship rounds in July to crown the ultimate virtual champion. More than two million rounds have already been played in the 2013 Virtual U.S. Open, and you thought qualifying for the real U.S. Open was tough!

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Jun 11, 2013 | 09:41 AM

Marshy Merion

Much of the pre-championship chatter this week has centered on the Doomsday Scenario, what might happen if torrential rain were to submerge various holes on Merion’s East course. The answer is that holes from the club’s West course would be brought into service. But what if something worse were to happen? For instance, what if, on the eve of an Open at Southern Hills, a tornado were to destroy the course? What if vandals were to torch all 18 greens at Pebble Beach? Is there a formal contingency plan—a yearly “go-to” course designated by the USGA in the event of emergency? No. Should there be one? It’s a question worth addressing.

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Jun 10, 2013 | 01:33 PM

Hosts With the Most

When it comes to USGA host sites, it doesn't get much more old school than Merion, which has hosted more USGA championships with any other (19). But the next couple of U.S. Open venues at Pinehurst and Chambers Bay are anything but that. At Pinehurst, the U.S. Women's Open will shockingly taking place the very next week, while first-time host Chambers, located in Washington State, will be the first links-style U.S. Open (current temps, 83 and 67, respectively). After a return to a mainstay at Oakmont in 2016, the national championshp goes new school again with Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The U.S. Open might always conclude on Father's Day, but this is not your father's U.S. Open.

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Jun 10, 2013 | 06:00 AM

TV Times For Open—And More!

If you can’t make it to Merion this week, that doesn’t mean you have to miss the action. NBC, ESPN, and Golf Channel will air a total of 35 hours of live coverage, plus almost that much on tape in the wee hours. A number of other USGA events also will be shown live, including the Women’s Open (June 27-30), Senior Open (July 11-14), Junior Am (July 22-27), Women’s Am (Aug. 5-11), Men’s Am (Aug. 12-18), and Walker Cup (Sept. 7-8). The schedule of their broadcasts can be found on the USGA’s website. So settle back and enjoy.

 

U.S. Open

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

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