SiriusXM announced today that it will be the exclusive national radio broadcaster for the U.S. Open Championship, and will offer listeners nationwide expanded coverage of this year's event, taking place at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington from June 18th through the 21st.
SiriusXM's programming will feature more than 35 hours of live hole-by-hole coverage – more than has ever been aired before – across all four days of championship play, including a possible Monday playoff. SiriusXM's Brian Katrek will anchor the play-by-play broadcast with former PGA Tour pro Mark Carnevale serving as the analyst in the booth. A team of roving reporters, featuring veteran broadcasters and Tour pros - Fred Albers, John Maginnes, Dennis Paulson and Bill Rosinksi - will provide live commentary from around the course.
Joining SiriusXM's broadcast team for the first time will be former PGA Tour pro Mark Lye, who will serve as an analyst on SiriusXM's pre-round show on Thursday and Friday alongside Taylor Zarzour and Carl Paulson.
SiriusXM's coverage will begin each day at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT with live pre-round coverage from Chambers Bay, leading into live championship coverage through the end of each day's play. The on-course coverage will be followed each day by a post-round show, hosted by Ron Green Jr., Paulson and Zarzour, that will air until midnight ET/9:00 pm PT.
All programming will be available to subscribers nationwide on satellite radios (Sirius channel 208, XM channel 93), on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.
"We're very excited to give our listeners more live U.S. Open coverage than ever before," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer. "Chambers Bay is a venue unlike anything played before at a U.S. Open and will be an exciting stage this year for golf's rising young talent, veterans and all other Open qualifiers. Our hole-by-hole coverage and extensive lineup of talk programming will allow fans to experience this event as though they are there in person on the banks of Puget Sound."
The U.S. Open Championship is conducted annually by the United States Golf Association. Currently in its 115th year, the championship provides one of the most comprehensive tests of golf, and is the most democratic among the most pre-eminent golf events as evidenced by its global qualification process. In 2015, the USGA accepted more than 9,800 entries from professional and amateur golfers to compete for the national title.
In addition to live Championship coverage, SiriusXM will provide fans with daily U.S. Open talk and analysis from Chambers Bay throughout the week, and will feature shows hosted by some of the game's prominent personalities.
The week's schedule includes exclusive shows hosted by 1988 U.S. open runner-up Nick Faldo and World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw, as well as distinguished instructors Hank Haney, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Larry Rinker and Claude Harmon III.
SiriusXM's programming lineup also features shows hosted by Chris DiMarco, Natalie Gulbis, Peter Oosterhuis, Matt Adams, Debbie Doniger, Fred Albers, Dennis Paulson, John Feinstein, Ben Shear, Jeff Warne and others. Visit www.SiriusXM.com/SiriusXMPGATOURRadio for a daily schedule.
SiriusXM airs live coverage of all four major championships – The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship – as well as most of the PGA Tour events throughout the season, including the PLAYERS Championship and all FedExCup Playoff tournaments.
In 2013, the USGA and FOX Sports announced a comprehensive multi-media agreement that makes FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1 the principal domestic media partner of the USGA. Within the agreement, FOX Sports holds the exclusive television broadcast rights for the presentation of all USGA championship events, highlighted by the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open Championships. Additionally, FOX Sports serves as the home for the USGA's national amateur championships and other live content.
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