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Get Ready For the US Open — Golf’s Greatest Challenge [2024]

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Are you ready for some seriously onerous golf? The biggest mental and physical test of golfing precision, accuracy, and sheer mettle is arguably the US Open. This year, the 123rd U.S. Open Championship will tee off on the North Course of the Los Angeles Country Club in sunny Los Angeles, California on June 15, and you can watch all the best parts with Sling TV.

In a hurry? Coverage of the 2023 US Open will run from Thursday, June 15 to Sunday, June 18 more or less all day, divided between NBC and USA Network, with morning and special featured coverage on Peacock (Black Friday deal). Pre- and post- day analysis will be presented on The Golf Channel. Sign up for Sling Blue + the Blue Sports Extra and consider picking up Peacock, and you’ll be all set in most parts of the country. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2022 US Open, at the beginning of hole #10 during the second round of the 2014 French Open at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - July 4, 2014
Matthew Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2022 US Open, at the 2014 French Open at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – July 4, 2014 / photo by Cyrille Bertin under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The US Open (not to be confused with the tennis championship of the same name) is one of the Four Major Golf Tournaments, along with The Masters, PGA Championship, and British Open (Sling Guide). The US Open is organized annually by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the US governing body of golf, and is a regular stop on the PGA Tour and European Tour.

The US Open is famous (infamous?) for being a championship where the par is actually relevant, and coming in even with par is considered a praiseworthy accomplishment.

USGA are sticklers for tradition, and they are practiced at turning old, grand American golf courses into a torturous trial for even the most seasoned pro. A significant portion of the amateurs of the field are fresh from national champion NCAA golf teams.

Last year, the US Open was held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was won by Matt Fitzpatrick, the first time he had won a major championship. Next year, it will move to the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

The schedule for TV coverage is a little complicated because it’s split across an over-the-air network, a pay channel, and a streaming service. Read on to find out where you can find the US Open, and how you can save money on watching it.

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How To Watch the US Open With Sling TV

The two main channels the championship will be broadcast on are NBC and USA. Sling Blue, a base package for $40.00/mo, includes both channels throughout most of the US. You can get them to throw in The Golf Channel for another $11/mo for the Sports Extra add-on.

Here are the markets in which you can get NBC with Sling:

  • Boston (WBTS)
  • Chicago (WMAQ)
  • Dallas (KXAS)
  • Hartford (WVIT)
  • Los Angeles (KNBC)
  • Miami (WTVJ)
  • New York (WNBC)
  • Philadelphia (WCAU)
  • San Diego (KNSD)
  • San Francisco (KNTV)
  • Washington (WRC)

If you’re not near one of those, you could also consider getting an antenna, which offers full HD signal these days, and gets you your basic local stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.) free over the vast majority of the country.

Francis Ouimet (1893 – 1967), an American golfer, the first amateur to win the US Open (and the second American)
In 1913, American golfer Francis Ouimet became the first amateur (and the second American) to win the US Open / photo from the George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress, used under public domain via Wikipedia Commons

See our guide to local channels on Sling TV for more information about local stations on Sling, as well as details on all of Sling’s several antenna and antenna-related deals.

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Do I need any other services?

If you’re a morning person, you’ll probably want to pick up Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, on the side, even if it’s just for one month. Time it right, and you could watch both mornings within the 7 day free trial.

And finally, there will be additional “complementary digital coverage” on Peacock and at usopen.com, including featured groups and holes.

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Why not just get Peacock?

You could, but then you wouldn’t get the primary coverage from USA and NBC in the afternoons and evenings, just the featured holes and groups. NBC Sports has purposely set up Peacock as a supplement to the main channels — it provides some great features and some exclusive live coverage, but NBC and USA will be doing the heavy lifting.

What you could cut is the Sports Extra, depending on how much you want to hear the pundits’ thoughts each day on The Golf Channel. But that’s a personal preference.

US Open Schedule

You have three whole days full of news, backstories, and speculation, live from the Los Angeles Country Club, before the tournament even begins. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of where to catch every hole:

Pre-championship Analysis on The Golf Channel

Golf Central: Live From the U.S. Open will provide commentary on the proceedings beginning Monday the week of the Open.

  • Monday, June 12: to
  • Tuesday, June 13: to
  • Wednesday, June 14: to
Brook Koepka addresses the media following his victory in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecok Hills, NY.
Brooks Koepka addresses the media following his victory in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecok Hills, NY / photo by JazzyJoeyD under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

First and Second Rounds

The schedule is the same for both Thursday, June 14 (First Round) and Thursday, June 15 (Second Round). Golf Central will now be presented on The Golf Channel after the regular coverage from to .

  • to : Peacock
  • to : USA
  • to : NBC

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Third Round (Saturday, June 17)

  • to : NBC

Final Round (Sunday, June 18)

  • to : Peacock
  • to : NBC

For the weekend rounds, Golf Central airs on The Golf Channel for 2 hours before and after the day’s session. Peacock and usopen.com will also be featuring streaming of particular holes and groups, as well as other special alternate programming.

2023 US Open Participants

The final field list of 156 will be complete after the RBC Canadian Open concludes on June 11. Here are the contenders as of June 5:

Rory McIlroy, record-holder for lowest score at the US Open at 268, finishes a long iron stroke during a practice day at the 2013 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club
Rory McIlroy, record-holder for lowest score (268) at the US Open, finishes a long iron stroke during a practice day at the 2013 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club / photo by Tour Pro Golf Clubs under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
  • Abraham Ancer
  • Ryan Armour
  • Paul Barjon
  • Sam Bennett *
  • Fred Biondi *
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Michael Brennan *
  • Barclay Brown
  • Olin Browne Jr.
  • Hayden Buckley
  • Sam Burns
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Frankie Capan
  • Ben Carr *
  • Christian Cavaliere *
  • Gunn Charoenkul
  • Stewart Cink
  • Wyndham Clark
  • Eric Cole
  • Corey Conners
  • Patrick Cover
  • Joel Dahmen
  • Jens Dantorp
  • Cam Davis
  • Jason Day
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Alejandro Del Rey
  • Wenyi Ding *
  • Nick Dunlap *
  • Nicolas Echavarria
  • Austin Eckroat
  • Harris English
  • Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira*
  • Tony Finau
  • Ross Fisher
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Ryan Fox
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Ryan Gerard
  • Deon Germishuys
  • Brent Grant
  • JJ Grey
  • Adam Hadwin
  • Paul Haley II
  • Nick Hardy
  • Brian Harman
  • Padraig Harrington
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Russell Henley
  • Berry Henson
  • Lucas Herbert
  • Charley Hoffman
  • Tom Hoge
  • Max Homa
  • Billy Horschel
  • David Horsey
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Mackenzie Hughes
  • Sungjae Im
  • Ryo Ishikawa
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Yuto Katsuragawa
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Si Woo Kim
  • Tom (Joohyung) Kim
  • Chris Kirk
  • Kurt Kitayama
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Thirston Lawrence
  • Hank Lebioda
  • K.H. Lee
  • Min Woo Lee
  • Luke List
  • Shane Lowry
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Denny McCarthy
  • Matthew McClean *
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Mcclure Meissner
  • Adrian Meronk
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Keith Mitchell
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Taylor Montgomery
  • Taylor Moore
  • Omar Morales
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Kyle Mueller
  • Sebastian Munoz
  • Ryutaro Nagano
  • Joaquin Niemann
  • Wilco Nienaber
  • Alex Noren
  • Vincent Norman
  • David Nyfjall *
  • Carlos Ortiz
  • Matthieu Pavon
  • Taylor Pendrith
  • Corey Pereira
  • Mito Pereira
  • Victor Perez
  • Thomas Pieters
  • J.T. Poston
  • Aldrich Poltgieter *
  • Seamus Power
  • David Puig
  • Andrew Putnam
  • Jon Rahm
  • Patrick Reed
  • Patrick Rodgers
  • Justin Rose
  • Gordon Sargent *
  • Alex Schaake
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Jesse Schutte
  • Adam Scott
  • Isaac Simmons *
  • Roger Sloan
  • Cameron Smith
  • Jordan Smith
  • Jacob Solomon
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Scott Stallings
  • Sepp Straka
  • Kevin Streelman
  • Samuel Stevens
  • Justin Suh
  • Preston Summerhays*
  • Adam Svensson
  • Andrew Svoboda
  • Nick Taylor
  • Sahith Theegala
  • Justin Thomas
  • Davis Thompson
  • Michael Thorbjornsen*
  • Austen Truslow
  • Brendan Valdes *
  • Karl Vilips *
  • Aaron Wise
  • Gary Woodland
  • Dylan Wu
  • Alexander Yang *
  • Cameron Young
  • Carson Young

* denotes amateur

Tiger Woods and Will Zalatoris both automatically qualified through past wins, but will be sitting this competition out due to injury.

Wrapping Up

If you’ve never considered golf to be a mental game, the US Open is golf at its most cerebral, its most strategically challenging. Check out every carefully considered drive and tensely judged putt yourself with Sling Blue + Blue Extra and Peacock!

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What is “golf’s longest day”?

This is the annual one-day final qualifying round for the US Open. It’s played over 17 hours through 36 holes at ten sites around the US. Anyone of any age, man or woman, with a handicap over 1.4 may attempt to qualify (hence the “open” part of the name). Ties are decided with playoffs (which can make the day even longer.)

This year, the Longest Day was June 5, and the largest qualifying event was at two golf courses in Columbus, Ohio.

When was the first US Open?

Horace Rawlins, winner of the inaugural US Open in 1895
Horace Rawlins, winner of the inaugural US Open in 1895 / photo originally published in Golf Illustrated & Outdoor America, Volume III, No. 4, July 1915, in the “Photographs” section, used under public domain via Wikipedia Commons
John J. McDermott, the 1911 and 1912 U.S. Open champion and first US-born winner, with the U.S. Open trophy in 1913
John J. McDermott, the 1911 and 1912 U.S. Open golf champion and first US-born winner, with the U.S. Open trophy in 1913 / photo originally published in The American Golfer, Volume X, No. 2, June 1913, article “Eastern Pennsylvania Notes,” used under public domain via Wikipedia Commons

The USGA held the first US Open in 1895, the day after the first US Amateur golf championship, with both played at Newport Golf Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The US Open was won by two strokes by English golfer Horace Rawlins. Brits and Scots took the trophy every year until 1911, when John J. McDermott became the first American to win it.

What are some US Open records?

Tiger Woods won by 15 strokes in 2000, which still stands as the all-time record for all four Major championships. Rory McIlroy holds the record for lowest score, 268 in 2011, which also broke the record to par at -16. Brooks Koepka tied the 16 under par in 2017.

Why does the name Francis Ouimet sound familiar?

Possibly because his US Open triumph was the subject of the 2005 film The Greatest Game Ever Played. It was directed by Bill Paxton and stars Shia LaBeouf as Ouimet and Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon on Game of Thrones) as Harry Vardon, his chief rival. It’s currently streaming on Disney+ if you’re interested.

Featured photo: A view of Tiger Woods putting on the 8th green at Torrey Pines during his morning practice round at the 108th US Open in San Diego, CA – June 9, 2008 / photo by Jim Epler under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

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