With the U.S. Open just two days away from teeing off, FOX Sports revealed its full programming schedule and crew of broadcasters for golf’s second major championship of the year, set for June 14-17 at New York’s Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
FOX will feature more than 160 hours of live coverage, highlighted by over 45 hours on the FOX Sports family of networks, including 23.5 hours scheduled for the FOX broadcast network. Coverage begins Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 PM ET on FS1 with a new “Celebration of Champions” event, an exhibition featuring reigning USGA champions playing in a foursomes competition.
The main broadcast starts Thursday with the tournament’s opening round, televised on FS1 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM ET, before moving to the FOX broadcast network from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. The following day, second-round action airs on FS1 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, before shifting to FOX from 4:30 to 7:30 PM ET. FOX televises third round coverage from 11 AM ET to 7:30 PM on Saturday, followed by final-round coverage from 10 AM ET to 7 PM ET on Sunday. FOX Deportes will televise six hours of U.S. Open coverage in Spanish, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM ET on Saturday and 4 to 7 PM ET on Sunday. FOX Sports’ full U.S. Open coverage can be heard live on the radio via the FOX Sports SiriusXM channel (Channel 83).
Leading FOX Sports’ 2018 U.S. Open coverage is seven-time Emmy Award winner Joe Buck, who returns for his fourth championship and is joined in the 18th Tower for the third year by 1993 PGA Championship winner and lead analyst Paul Azinger. Play-by-play announcer Shane Bacon and eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon also contribute to the call throughout the championship.
Two-time U.S. Open Champion Curtis Strange returns as an on-course commentator and is joined on the fairways by four-time PGA Tour winner Steve Flesch, PGA Tour veteran Brett Quigley and four-time European Tour winner Ken Brown. Brown also brings Shinnecock Hills to life with his popular “Brownie Points” series throughout the week.
Holly Sonders hosts studio coverage throughout the championship, while reporter Shane O’Donoghue conducts pre- and post-round interviews. Renowned course architect Gil Hanse provides course and design analysis, and former USGA Executive Director David Fay weighs in as rules expert.