[06/05/14 - 04:49 AM]
ESPN at the 114th U.S. Open
ESPN will surround the 114th edition of golf's national championship with extensive multiplatform offerings June 10-16 from North Carolina's Pinehurst No. 2.

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN at the 114th U.S. Open

In its 33rd year at the U.S. Open, ESPN will surround the 114th edition of golf's national championship with extensive multiplatform offerings June 10-16 from North Carolina's Pinehurst No. 2. In addition to live action, coverage will include analysis, news and information on television, radio, online and mobile devices.

Eight hours of live play in each of the first two rounds will air each day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, on ESPN and WatchESPN (5-6 p.m. on June 12 will air on ESPN2). An edited encore presentation from each of the first two rounds will air in prime time on ESPN and WatchESPN at 8 p.m. both nights and edited highlights from Saturday and Sunday's third and final round action will air on ESPN2 and WatchESPN in the overnight hours after each round.

ESPN Radio will have exclusive live coverage of all four days of tournament play that can be heard on both terrestrial and satellite radio, online at ESPNRadio.com and on mobile devices with the ESPN Radio app.

ESPN's flagship news and information program, SportsCenter, will originate from the tournament site with special SportsCenter at the U.S. Open programs each day beginning Tuesday, June 10, and will air extensive reports from Pinehurst on the hour throughout each day.

ESPN's live telecasts on Thursday and Friday and the weekend highlights programs will be hosted by Chris Berman, who is in his 28th year at the U.S. Open for ESPN. Berman will be joined by NBC's Roger Maltbie in the 18th hole booth to call the play for part of each day. Scott Van Pelt and analyst Paul Azinger, the 1993 PGA Champion, will share time in the host role and on the 18th hole each day.

ESPN's U.S. Open team for the Thursday and Friday telecasts also includes two-time U.S. Open champions Curtis Strange (hole announcer) and Andy North (on-course reporter), World Golf Hall of Famer Judy Rankin and two-time major winner Dottie Pepper (on-course reporters). Sean McDonough (hole announcer) and Bill Kratzert (on-course reporter) also will contribute to the telecasts as will NBC's Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen. Tom Rinaldi will conduct player interviews.

Among features that will be presented during ESPN's coverage of the U.S. Open:

· Phil Mickelson in a conversation with Tom Rinaldi about trying to win the U.S. Open, the only golf major that has eluded him in his illustrious career.

· A look at Jim "Bones" Mackay, longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson.

· In honor of Father's Day, ESPN will air a feature on a family of caddies at Pinehurst.

ESPN began televising the first and second rounds of the U.S. Open in 1982. The event has been in the ESPN/ABC family of networks since 1966.

SportsCenter at the U.S. Open

One-hour SportsCenter at the U.S. Open programs air Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11, at 2 p.m. on ESPN and Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, at 7 p.m. on ESPNEWS. There also are programs on Saturday, June 14 (11 a.m., ESPN) and 11 p.m. (ESPN2), and Sunday, June 15, at 11 a.m. (ESPN) and a final wrap-up edition on Monday, June 16, at 1 a.m. (ESPN2). All U.S. Open SportsCenter programs also will be available on WatchESPN.

Scott Van Pelt will host the programs with analyst Andy North and reporter Tom Rinaldi. Analysts Curtis Strange, Paul Azinger and Dottie Pepper and ESPN.com national columnist Gene Wojciechowski also will contribute to the SportsCenter reports.

Regular editions of SportsCenter will have reports from the U.S. Open hosted by Van Pelt on the hour beginning Tuesday of the championship week.

ESPN Radio's Four-Round U.S. Open Coverage

ESPN Radio is broadcasting live coverage of the U.S. Open Championship for the fifth consecutive year with 24 live hours of tournament play Thursday-Sunday from Pinehurst No. 2. ESPN Radio will be providing coverage of all four rounds on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN Radio app, and ESPN Xtra (Sirius/XM channel 85).

Bob Wischusen, Dennis Paulson, Doug Bell and Bill Rosinski will be on the call for ESPN Radio. The schedule:

ESPN Radio's Four-Round U.S. Open Coverage (All Times Eastern)

Thursday, June 12 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, June 13 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 14 2-8 p.m.

Sunday, June 15 2-8 p.m.

The U.S. Open on ESPN Digital Platforms


All U.S. Open programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS is also available via WatchESPN on on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast (via the WatchESPN app), Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is currently accessible in more than 67.5 million households nationwide to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from AT&T U-verse(R) TV, Bright House Networks, Cablevision's Optimum TV, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, NRTC, Time Warner Cable or Verizon FiOS TV.

WatchESPN will carry ESPN's telecast of the first and second rounds on Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET (Part I) and 5-7 p.m. (Part II). In addition, ESPN3 will have three exclusive feeds, available through WatchESPN, including a morning and afternoon featured group, and play from the 9th and 18th holes, both starting at 9 a.m., and a Spanish-language feed beginning at 1 p.m.

Trey Wingo will host the 9th and 18th hole coverage, with analysis from veteran PGA TOUR player David Duval. Jim Kelly will host the featured group coverage with former major winner Tom Weiskopf as analyst and on-course reporter Mark Donaldson. ESPN golf announcers Curtis Strange and Bill Kratzert also will join the coverage at various times as will hosts Matt Adams and Brian Katrek and analyst John Maginess.


Coverage of the U.S. Open on ESPN.com will be extensive and will include:

· News, reactions and columns from senior golf writers Bob Harig and Farrell Evans, national columnist Gene Wojciechowski and ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor.

· "Digital Drive," an exclusive ESPN.com program hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Andy North, will be produced each night Wednesday-Sunday of U.S. Open week.

· Live chat, featuring newly redesigned for video and mobile "Scribble Live" application -- moderated by ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins.

· Evans will hand out nightly grades for the top players in the world plus other notable names.

· "Championship Central" on the ESPN.com/Golf index page focusing on the majors and the Ryder Cup.

· ESPN Golf Cast with an easy to use interface with scoring, video and social media elements.

· Links to USOpen.com incorporating traffic roll-up of live feeds from marquee groups and holes 9/18.

· Daily U.S. Open coverage began June 2.

· Video clips from ESPN golf analysts Andy North, Curtis Strange, Paul Azinger and Dottie Pepper.

· Photo Galleries

· Live scoring from USOpen.com.

· Interactive elements including fantasy golf game -- Best Ball Challenge -- and U.S. Open conversation pages.

ESPN Mobile

News, highlights and a U.S. Open leaderboard will appear on the ESPN mobile Web and SportsCenter app. There will also be news and columns and scoring alerts for top players.

Additional coverage of the U.S. Open on ESPN platforms:

ESPN International

Internationally, the U.S. Open on ESPN platforms will reach 53 countries and more than 60 million international households, with coverage in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French language. Latin America and the Caribbean will also feature live television coverage and exclusive digital feeds (Holes 9 and 18 and a featured group of the day) via its broadband players - ESPN Play in Spanish and English speaking territories and WatchESPN in Brazil. In Canada, TSN and RDS (in French) will carry all four rounds of the championship live along with streaming coverage via the TSN.go platform.

ESPN Films & espnW

ESPN Films and espnW will launch a new documentary series, Nine for IX Shorts, this July. A preview of the series, titled "Love & Payne" and directed by ESPN's Hannah Storm, debuted June 4 on espnW.com. On the 15th anniversary of his win in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the film takes a look at the legacy of golfer Payne Stewart through the eyes of his widow, Tracey. Through memories, family videos, personal photos, Tracey Stewart gives audiences a glimpse at the story of a once in a lifetime love, a shattering loss, and the legacy of a man who, in the final year of his life, achieved his greatest professional fulfillment and personal peace. Payne Stewart's voice appears through archival materials, but ultimately Tracey traces their story from that first fateful meeting, to Payne's transformative years, to his tragic death, and ultimately his legacy as a father, champion and husband. The film is a personal, poignant, rare look at Payne Stewart and the powerful connection behind his success as a golfer and a man.

ESPN The Magazine

In the World Cup preview edition of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands now, Bob Harig writes that Phil Mickelson is the greatest loser in U.S. Open history -- and that's meant in a good way (sort of). But will Pinehurst be the place where Left finally makes it all right?

ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic will feature three days of classic U.S. Open golf films leading into live coverage of the first round of the U.S. Open on ESPN. The U.S. Open Golf Tribute begins at 7 a.m. ET on Monday, June 9, with the 2008 event at Torrey Pines and runs through Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. with last year's event at Merion

ESPN on Demand

Available in approximately 45 million households, ESPN on Demand will offer viewers the opportunity to watch some classic U.S. Open tournaments from the past, including Tiger Woods' victories in 2000, 2002 and 2008, Webb Simpson's win at Olympic in 2012 and a compilation of U.S. Open close calls for Woods and Phil Mickelson. The programming will be available until June 15.

Interactive Television

The four-screen U.S. Open Mix will air on DirecTV (channels 701-705) for all four days of the championship. Channel 1 will carry the live ESPN or NBC television coverage, while Channels 2 and 3 will cover Featured Groups 1 and 2, respectively (players in both groups to be determined). Channel 4 will cover the 9th and 18th holes.

114th U.S. Open Championship - Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club - Pinehurst No. 2 (all times Eastern)

Day/Date Program Start Network
Tue., June 10 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 2 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Wed., June 11 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 2 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Thu., June 12 First Round (Part 1) 9 a.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 12 First Round (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 12 First Round (continued) 6 p.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 12 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 7 p.m. ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Thu., June 12 Best of the U.S. Open 8 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri., June 13 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open (encore) Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 13 Best of the U.S. Open (encore) 1 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 13 Second Round (Part 1) 9 a.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 13 Second Round (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 13 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 7 p.m. ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Fri., June 13 Best of the U.S. Open 8 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat., June 14 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open (encore) 1:30 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 14 Best of the U.S. Open 3:30 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 14 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 11 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat., June 14 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 11 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 15 Best of the U.S. Open 3 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 15 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 11 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., June 16 SportsCenter at the U.S. Open 1 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., June 16 Best of the U.S. Open 2 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN

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