The 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links will be televised in prime time on the east coast, with the third round scheduled to end 11 p.m and the final round scheduled to end at 9 p.m., according to the schedule released by the United Stated Golf Association (USGA).
Two years ago, the U.S. Open was first televised in prime time when it was held at Torrey Pines and ended at 10 p.m. EDT on Saturday and 9 p.m. EDT for the final round.
In the event ,Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate were tied after 72 holes, and Woods won in a playoff the next day. The tournament was the highest-rated U.S Open in six years
“Playing the Open on the West Coast in June allows us to showcase this championship in prime time,” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports and Olympics. “It should make for a great Father’s Day weekend with the best golfers in the world competing on one of golf’s most picturesque courses in prime time.”
The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach for the first time since 2000, when Tiger Woods shattered the major championship record with his 15-shot victory.
The USGA first mentioned the U.S. Open’s prime time coverage in February during the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The U.S. Open will have more 30 hours of live TV coverage, nearly twice as much as the Masters. ESPN will provide coverage Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT, with NBC Sports taking the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT window during the weekdays. NBC will broadcast the third round from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and the fourth round from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.