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NBCUniversal to carry nearly 45 hours of live U.S. Open (primary) coverage across NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock, Thursday-Sunday

Kang, Korda headline field at Cambia Portland Classic; PGA Tour Champions at Pebble Beach for Pure Insurance Championship

ORLANDO, Fla., (Sept. 15, 2020) – The USGA stages the 120th edition of the U.S. Open this week, and NBCUniversal will present nearly 45 hours of live primary coverage of the championship exclusively across NBC, GOLF Channel andPeacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service. Being staged at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the field is scheduled to include 48 of the top-50 in the official world golf rankings. The LPGA Tour is in Oregon for the Cambia Portland Classic as, Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda headline the field with coverage airing Thursday-Sunday. The PGA TOUR Champions are at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the Pure Insurance Championship, with Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Davis Love III leading the field. Live coverage airs Friday-Sunday on GOLF Channel.

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120th U.S. Open
Dates: Sept. 17-20
Venue: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)
Friday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 10 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Thursday 2-5 p.m. (Live)
Friday 4-7 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday Noon-6 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on Peacock (Eastern):
Thursday 5-7 p.m. (Live)
Friday 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 9-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 8-10 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
U.S. Open production and broadcast team: NBCUniversal will present nearly 45 hours of live primary coverage of the 2020 U.S. Open exclusively across NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service. The live tournament production will utilize the deepest roster of broadcasters in golf, including five USGA champions: Kay Cockerill (1986, ’87 U.S. Women’s Amateur), Trevor Immelman (1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links), Peter Jacobsen (2004 U.S. Senior Open), Gary Koch (1970 U.S. Junior Amateur) and Justin Leonard (1992 U.S. Amateur). And, in continuation of the USGA’s extensive partnership with Rolex, the final hour of Sunday’s coverage on NBC will air uninterrupted (commercial-free) during the closing stretch of the championship.

U.S. Open alternate feeds: In addition to primary live coverage of the championship (Thursday-Sunday), fans will be able to access alternate, complementary feeds via DIRECTV (channels 901-905), Peacock, and

Dedicated feeds include:

  • Featured Groups: Will include two (daily) featured morning groups, and two featured afternoon groups.
  • Featured Holes (also available in 4K through Comcast Xfinity X1 and DIRECTV channel 105): Focusing on those in the field as they play the (par-4) 6th, (par-3) 10th, and (par-4) 17th holes on Winged Foot’s West Course.
  • U.S. Open 360: Showcasing players as they warm up for their round from Winged Foot’s practice areas, as well as post-round interview sessions with on-site media.

Feherty, Faldo set to make golf broadcaster history: In contributing to NBC Sports’ live coverage at Winged Foot, David Feherty and Nick Faldo each will join a select group of golf broadcasters having called action from all four men’s major championships. Feherty and Faldo also will become the only two broadcasters to have called professional golf’s four men’s major championships, THE PLAYERS Championship, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, TOUR Championship and the Olympics.

NBC Sportssignature U.S. Open music, full-field coverage return: Viewers tuning in to live coverage from Winged Foot will recognize a familiar musical refrain previously synonymous with NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open, as Yanni’sIn Celebration of Man will be incorporated throughout the championship. Coverage additionally will aim to showcase each of the 144 players in the field, under the mantra that if a player is good enough to make it into the U.S. Open field, they deserve the opportunity to be shown on the broadcast.

Woodland defends: Gary Woodland finished three shots clear of Brooks Koepka to capture his fourth PGA TOUR win, and first major championship title.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

NBC Sports Broadcast Team:
Host: Mike Tirico
Play by Play: Dan Hicks / Mike Tirico / Terry Gannon
Analyst: Paul Azinger / Justin Leonard / Nick Faldo
Tower: Gary Koch / David Feherty / Peter Jacobsen / Curt Byrum / Tom Abbott / Steve Sands
On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Jim “Bones” Mackay / Trevor Immelman / Kay Cockerill
Interviews: Steve Sands / Damon Hack
Essays: Jimmy Roberts

Cambia Portland Classic
Dates: Sept. 18-20
Venue: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Friday 9-11 p.m. (Tape delay) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Saturday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-7 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)
Sunday 8-10 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-7 p.m. (Streaming on GOLF Channel Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
Maguire to be spotlighted in “rookie feature”: During opening round telecast, Leona Maguire will be spotlighted as part of a “rookie feature,” focusing on her inaugural season on the LPGA Tour.

Green defends: Hannah Green finished one stroke ahead of Yealimi Noh to earn her second LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Mirim Lee, Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and Sophia Popov.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Grant Boone
Analyst: Paige Mackenzie
Tower: Jerry Foltz
On-Course: Karen Stupples / Gail Graham

Pure Insurance Championship
Dates: Sept. 18-20
Venue: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on GOLF Channel (Eastern):
Friday 4-7 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Triplett defends: Kirk Triplett defeated Billy Andrade with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win for the eighth time on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman, Scott Parel, Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh.

GOLF Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: Phil Blackmar
On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Media contact:
Jeff Szklinski
GOLF Channel Communications

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