Preview: U.S. Open

Tomorrow, 158 players will compete for a chance to win golf’s equivalent of the national title game.  The U.S. Open, which dates back to 1895, has presented some of golf’s most interesting stories, and this year is no different.

Three of the top four players have won in recent weeks. Luke Donald, the #1 player, took home the BMW PGA Championship this year, which was also the event that took him to #1 in the rankings last year.

#3 Lee Westwood is just coming off his third win at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.  Westwood won by 5 strokes at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club with a brand new putter and set of irons, which have also traveled with him to San Francisco.

Tiger Woods won the Memorial last weekend and he’s a three time Open winner.  Though his last Open victory was in 2008, he’s currently the #4 player in the world and, thus, a force to be reckoned with.

The only player in the top 4 who hasn’t won recently is the Open’s defending champion, Rory McIlroy, who’s missed the  three cuts in 4 weeks.  He took the opportunity to fine tune his game at TPC Southwind last week and finished in 7th place (after starting his round Sunday at one stroke off the lead). He does, however, have a strategy for this week.

There are some interesting pairings at this year’s Open, and the most popular pairing for discussion right now, of course, is Tiger and Lefty.  Phil is known to play his best golf when he’s paired with Woods, and when asked how he felt about the pairing in a press conference yesterday, told reporters he felt “fabulous” and explained, “First of all, I get excited to play with Tiger. I love it. He gets the best out of me. Second is, the one player I’m most concerned about if I play my best golf who I feel may have a chance to beat me is Tiger.”

Phil has finished 2nd five times at the Open, but has never won. It will be especially interesting to watch him this week following his withdrawal from the Memorial and subsequent announcement by officials they they won’t ban cell phones.

One thing is certain about the U.S. Open, which can best be summed up by Forrest Gump. The U.S. Open “is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re going to get.”

Below, you’ll find the broadcast schedule and video highlights from past Open Championships.

Who do you think will win this year?

Greatest Moments of the U.S. Open

Broadcast Schedule

Thursday

ESPN 9:00 AM PT – 12:00 PM PT          2:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

NBC 12:00 PM PT – 2:00 PM PT

Live Video (Web, iPhone, Android)  Marquee Group 1  7:33 AM PT   Marquee Group 2   1:29 PM PT

Radio (Web, iPhone, Android)  10:00 AM PT – 4:00 PM PT

Friday

ESPN  9:00 AM PT – 12:00 PM PT         2:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

NBC 12:00 PM PT – 2:00 PM PT

Live Video (Web, iPhone, Android) Marquee Group 1  7:44 AM PT    Marquee Group 2  1:18 PM PT

Radio (Web, iPhone, Android)   10:00 AM PT – 4:00 PM PT

Saturday

NBC 1:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

Live Video (Web, iPhone, Android) 1:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

Radio (Web, iPhone, Android) 1:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

Sunday

NBC 1:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

Live Video (Web, iPhone, Android) 1:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

Radio (Web, iPhone, Android) 1:00 PM PT – 7:00 PM PT

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