US Open 2020: The first of six majors to be played over the course of the 2020-21 season, the 2020 U.S. Open will begin play Thursday, teeing off in September for the first time in more than a century.
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Round 1 — Thursday, September 17
Early TV coverage: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Golf Channel
Daytime TV coverage: 2-5 p.m. on NBC
Additional coverage via live streaming on USOpen.com
Featured Groups (early) — 7:55 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Featured Holes — 8:10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Featured Groups (late) — 1:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The second golf major of the season, the 2020 U.S. Open, is here. The 2020 golf major schedule may be skewed — this event was supposed to take place from June 18-21, after all. And while the U.S. Open is traditionally the third major of the season, golf fans will doubtless be glad to see the return of one of the cornerstone events of the season.
Regardless, there are plenty of interesting storylines entering this week’s competition other than what majors fall where. Chief among them is whether Dustin Johnson can continue his incredible run of success after winning the 2020 FedEx Cup playoffs, or whether another team from the field (Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods, among others) can challenge for the 2020 championship.
NBC, which held broadcast rights for the U.S. Open from 1995-2014, will take over broadcast rights once again in 2020; Fox held the event for five years from 2015-19. NBC will split broadcast assignments for the 2020 U.S. open with the Golf Channel, with both stations broadcasting a portion of the action each day.
The 2020 U.S. Open offers myriad streaming options for viewers. Those with a cable subscription can also simulcast the action on either GolfChannel.com or NBCSports.com, depending on which station is broadcasting at the time. Alternately, viewers can view specialized coverage of the event on Peacock or USOpen.com. Another option is fuboTV, which is offering a seven-day free trial.
As for the second golf major to be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it should be an incredible four days at Winged Foot as the best golfers in the world take on a fun yet difficult course looking for major glory and a share of the $12 million purse. Though a few were forced to withdraw amid positive tests and injuries, none is more notable than two-time champion Brooks Koepka (2018-19), whose string of injuries also forced him out of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Among the top storylines ahead of the event: Gary Woodland enters as the defending champion, Dustin Johnson looks to continue playing at the torrid pace he has been for weeks, and Phil Mickelson again tries for his career grand slam. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas are among the other stars ready to take on Winged Food over the course of 72 holes (they hope) this week.
Tee times for the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot are out, and there are some absolutely loaded groups for what will almost assuredly be the toughest test of golf this season beginning this Thursday in southern New York. The USGA always creates interesting trios, and that’s true again this year with most of the best players in the world in attendance at the 2020-21 season’s first major championship.
The threesome of Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa headlines the groups — how often do you think Tiger has been the third-best ball-striker in his group? — but it’s far from the only tee time worth keeping an eye on this week. Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Justin Rose will play together on Thursday and Friday as well. So will Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. World No. 2 Jon Rahm is grouped with Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey.
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