Watching the US Open golf Live stream online, and from anywhere, you’ll want to catch all of the season’s competitions. Watch the opening round live on Thursday from 12.30pm on Sky Sports Golf.
You have to cast a wide net over this potpourri of subject matter to fully relay the story of how the television rights to the U.S. Open changed hands from FOX Sports to NBC in a gesture of cooperation between competing networks. The deal, a child of necessity for FOX and a product of desire for NBC—which had seen FOX get in the Peacock Network henhouse in 2013 and steal away the rights to USGA championships—happened neatly and quickly and ended up being the kind of win-win-win that left all parties satisfied.
Of course, it all started with the metastasizing coronavirus pandemic that by mid-March forced golf, as well as the world of sports at large, to come to a standstill. As March turned to April, a shake-up of the major championship schedule was starting to come together, which got the wheels turning inside the head of Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports.
Thursday, September 17
7:30 a.m. — 2 p.m., Golf Channel
2 p.m. — 5 p.m., NBC
this week, my colleague Joel Beall summed up very well the minor miracle that is having the U.S. Open this week at Winged Foot Golf Club. In and around Westchester County was where the COVID-19 pandemic first flared up in the United States. And when the USGA decided it needed to postpone its signature championship from its original June date, there were plenty who would have bet that a new location would also be in the offing.
Indeed, USGA brass previously acknowledged that conversations took place about moving the rescheduled championship out of the New York area to another location that did not have the added burden of needing to use state and local resources to contain the coronavirus.