FOX Sports unveiled its programming plans for its first year as the USGA’s principal domestic media partner, lining up more than 300 hours of coverage spanning eight championships. Coverage begins in May with the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship May 5-6 from The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Overall, the company slated around 320 hours of USGA championships and related programming in 2015 across its linear and digital platforms. “This is an exciting time as the USGA begins its long-term association with FOX Sports,” said USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “Our broadcast partner has made a tremendous commitment and is dedicated to enhancing our national championships. Both players and fans will benefit from the expanded coverage.”
As for the 115th U.S. Open Championship, the company will offer 38.5 live hours of coverage from Thursday through Sunday on FOX and FOX Sports 1, marking a three-and-a-half hour increase from a year ago with 22.5 slated for the broadcast channel. In addition, FOX Deportes carries three hours of U.S. Open coverage on both Saturday and Sunday in Spanish, a first in the championship’s storied history.