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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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Jun 07, 2013 | 06:00 AM

Merion Means Money

What’s the U.S. Open worth? With our national championship set to begin at Merion Golf Club in a few days—and the possibility of an extra 200,000 spectators, volunteers, and staff expected to swell the town of Ardmore, Pa., usual population about 12,500—the economic benefit to the five-county area could reach $100 million, according to the website philly.com. Who will the big winners be (besides whoever holds the trophy when it’s all over)? Restaurants, limo services, individuals who rented out their homes, caterers, and, of course, hotels: Some 100,000 room nights have been booked (the USGA took 7,500 for its people, sponsors, and players). Last year’s Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club brought in an estimated $130-150 million. So while the course might be small, nothing else about Open Week 2013 will be.

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Jun 06, 2013 | 10:10 AM

A Different Shade of Green at Pinehurst

While all eyes will be on Merion Golf Club and the playing of the 113th U.S. Open next week, the folks at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club are in full prep mode for the hosting of the 2014 U.S. Opens—men's and women’s—in consecutive weeks. The resort is sticking with the current bentgrass green surfaces on its fabled No. 2 Course, which was extensively restored by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw in 2011. However, the greens have been converted on No. 8, which is currently closed and will reopen in July, to ultradwarf bermudagrass, a heat-tolerant varietal that can stand up to high summer temperatures in the North Carolina Sandhills. The resort’s No. 3 Course will close in August and reopen in October after its greens are resurfaced. After the wear and tear of two consecutive national championships, the turtleback putting surfaces on Pinehurst No. 2 will be converted to ultradwarf bermudagrass in July, 2014.

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Jun 05, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Merion Fore! Cast

Just who will win the U.S. Open at Merion next week and how low the winning score will be depend more on Mother Nature at this point than Mike Davis, the USGA Executive Director and setup man. Superintendent Matt Shaffer says that an inch of rain fell Monday night but the 10-day forecast looks good, which should lead to the firm and fast conditions everyone is hoping for. One forecast we can count on is tight fairways (just 22–25 yards wide), deep rough, and fast greens. Just how deep and fast we won’t know till next week, but one difference at this year’s Open is that there won’t be a first cut of rough that has been one of Davis’ trademark. The start of the rough will contain a "bevel cut," however, that will make a shot at the edge of the fairway more playable.

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