Introduction to Golf Championship:
Rising from the humble beginnings, the very first U.S. Open Golf was the genuine nine-hole course, that one-day tournament played on the 4th of October, 1895, in Newport, Rhode Island. The champion was the British player, named Horace Rawlins, who received a whopping $150 in prize money — and a gold medal. This year the U.S. Open Championship will be the 120th Championship. It is initially scheduled for June 18–21 at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The tournament was postponed to September 17–20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation was announced by the USGA on the 6th of April. The U.S. Open was so far canceled in 1945 because of World War II.
All the excited and passionate fans seeking connection to the championship are encouraged to join the recently launched Victory Club, the U.S. Open’s first-ever fan club. Further, fans can celebrate the U.S. Open all year long with many virtual experiences and exclusive offers. Fans can follow the tournament by watching on NBC/Golf Channel.
On the 29th June 2020, it was announced that Fox Sports had opted out of the outliving seven years of its 12-year contract to carry USGA championships and had sold the remainder of the agreement to NBCUniversal — marking the return of the U.S. Open to NBC for the very first time since 2014. The tournament’s rescheduling had created many conflicts with Fox’s NFL and college football coverage. The USGA had declined the tournament proposal to be carried on the Fox’s cable channel FS1. This channel discussed the possibility of partnering with NBC on the 2020 tournament. This tournament was led to the conversation and the agreement for NBCUniversal to take over the USGA media preferences.
Right on time round inclusion will air on the Golf Channel; Peacock will convey suggested bunches inclusion of the early adjusts. The channel’s sponsorship contract, the final hour of content during the last game, will be broadcast by Rolex channel with no commercial interruptions.
U.S. Open to be held without fans in participation at Winged Foot:
Stated the CEO of USGA Mike Davis, “Hosting the U.S. Open without the spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct championship safely for all involved; we will miss the happiness of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them again for the coming U.S. Opens.”
Said the New York Gov.: “We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, and I am so proud of my citizens, who rose to the occasion and pleased to welcome the USGA for the recent Open Championship at Winged Golf Club. The tournament will look anyhow altered this year with no fans and enhanced safety and guidance protocols, this event is a welcome sight for the sports fan over the country we build back better than before.”
As we are disappointed not to have our fans on-site at the U.S. Open, we believe this is the right decision and appreciate the support that we have received from our local health officials.
The 2020 Ryder Cup has been pushed a full year to the next year, 2021.
“This won’t be a conventional U.S. Open in the incompetent respects,” said USGA senior managing director of Championships, John Bodenhamer. All of us know how much the U.S. Open matters and multiple of us weren’t willing to give up on playing it at Winged Foot Golf Club so quickly.”
2020 Tour Championship prize money:
That amount of money at stake — $45 million separations between 30 golfers — dwarfs every other prize pool in golf, and while winning that trophy is prestigious, capturing the $15 million that comes with it can be life-changing for numerous golfers in this field.
Rory McIlroy took home his first $15 million first prize in the first iteration of the playoffs. The same year, also Dustin Johnson went wire-to-wire at the Tour Championship to cash the huge first-place bonus.
The runner-up netted $5 million, while third place got round about $4 million and so on down the list.
Even those who struggled at East Lake took six-figure home bonuses. The Golfers that tie split the value of the combined spots in the field.
U.S. Open Championship Broadcast Schedule:
Practice Rounds: September 14th-16th
Thursday, September 17 – Round 1
Friday, September 18 – Round 2
Saturday, September 19 – Round 3
Sunday, September 20 – Round 4
The tickets that were purchased by the USGA will be automatically refunded to the payment method used to purchase the tickets.
Going through many decades, the U.S. Open has developed to be one of the four majors awarding prize money topping $1 million for the champion who likewise appreciates more secure spots in the field, including automatic invitation to play Masters, British Open, and the PGA Championship.
While the American players over the years have managed the U.S. Open, the tournament has seen a well-known spate of non-American winners between 2004-2007 including the South African Retief Goosen (2004), New Zealander Michael Campbell (2005), Australian Geoff Ogilvy (2006), and also the Argentine Ángel Cabrera (2007).
In 2010, Graeme McDowell became the very first Irishman to win the event and the first European to take the title. Another Irish, Rory McIlroy — walked away with the championship at the 268 to break the record by four shots in 2011.
The comparative unknown, American pro-Webb Simpson, won by one stroke to take his first major championship victory in 2012. Justin Rose won his first major title, two strokes ahead of runners-up Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, and became the first player to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
In 2015, it was an American Jordan Spieth — fresh off his winning at the Master’s Tournament — who won the U.S. Open to become the most growing player ever to hold both the Masters and U.S. Open titles the same year.