Unprecedented television coverage dedicated to the 2013 U.S. Open Championship is on tap for golf fans, with NBC and Golf Channel scheduled to present more than 70 live hours of tournament and news coverage, June 9-16.
“Golf Channel on NBC” will present 17 hours of live tournament coverage of the season’s second major championship Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16, from famed Merion Golf Club, located in Ardmore, Pa., just outside Philadelphia. Complementing NBC’s live coverage, Golf Channel will air 56 hours of wraparound programming and an original documentary, 1971 U.S. OPEN: LEE TREVINO AN AMERICAN CHAMPION, chronicling Trevino’s dramatic U.S. Open playoff victory over Jack Nicklaus at Merion in 1971.
NBCU digital properties – GolfChannel.com, NBCSports.com, and mobile applications NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra – are teaming up to provide the most comprehensive digital coverage of the U.S. Open to date.
Bob Costas will reprise his role as network host when “Golf Channel on NBC” presents its weekend U.S. Open coverage. Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will anchor NBC’s four-day coverage, and will be joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Notah Begay; interviewer Steve Sands; and essayist Jimmy Roberts. The team brings intimate knowledge of Merion’s challenging layout, with Miller, Jacobsen, Maltbie and Koch having competed in the U.S. Open the last time it was played at the course in 1981.
In addition to news and expert analysis, Golf Channel’s telecasts will incorporate special production elements to bring viewers even closer to the players. Robotic and jib cameras providing sweeping video will be positioned throughout the player practice area, capturing unique inside-the-ropes footage. And a special “Fly Cam” will be fixed to a cable stretched across the entire length of the practice range and over the players, designed to feature unique angles of players as they prepare for competition. This footage also will be utilized during NBC’s live coverage to showcase the leaders as they prepare for competition.
LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN ON NBC
Golf Channel will prep NBC’s weekend tournament coverage with pre-game shows produced by Golf Channel and airing exclusively on NBC, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon CT. Costas and Rich Lerner will host the shows and joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo and Montgomerie. In addition to previewing play, the show will feature live look-ins of competition. Also contributing will be Jimmy Roberts, Steve Sands, Todd Lewis and Tim Rosaforte.
TREVINO 1971 U.S. OPEN RETROSPECTIVE
As the U.S. Open prepares for its return to Merion, NBC and Golf Channel will present 1971 U.S. OPEN: LEE TREVINO AN AMERICAN CHAMPION, a 60-minute retrospective documenting Trevino’s life and victory at Merion in 1971, and how he claimed his place among the great champions in U.S. Open history by beating the great Jack Nicklaus in a Monday playoff. Produced in association with the United States Golf Association, the documentary will premiere on NBC on Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. CT, and air throughout June on Golf Channel.