San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
When the marquee group of Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods tees off at 7:33 a.m. (PDT) for the first round of the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club on Thursday, the USGA’s digital platforms will be the exclusive outlet for watching the start of all the action.
Visitors to usopen.com and users of the U.S. Open mobile application, “U.S. Open Golf Championship,” will have exclusive access to the first 90 minutes of continuous play on Thursday morning through live-streaming high-definition (HD) video, followed by ESPN’s live coverage at 9 a.m. (PDT).
A complete U.S. Open television schedule for ESPN and NBC is available at http://www.usopen.com/en_US/champ_experience/viewing_schedule.html.
Coverage of the marquee group will continue throughout the morning, and the afternoon group will feature Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. Exclusive coverage will also be available on Friday, with select holes featured on Saturday and Sunday.
“This is the one of most exciting times of the year for golf fans and we’ve created a marquee destination for them to follow a marquee pairing at the U.S. Open,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “We’re thrilled to be using our digital platforms in this way so fans have a virtual front row seat to watch three of the world’s most accomplished players compete in our national championship.”
With the help of IBM, the official IT partner of the USGA, this exclusive, live broadcast window will be available to computer, tablet and smartphone users, and is part of the exciting features of the newly enhanced usopen.com platform and “U.S. Open Golf Championship” mobile application. The application is available for Android and iPhone operating systems.
In addition to the streaming video, digital platform users will have access to real-time scoring, an interactive PlayTracker, Picstream photos and the Virtual U.S. Open game.
While watching this marquee group coverage, fans will have the opportunity to interact with each other, players and broadcasters on Twitter through @usopengolf and by using the #usopengolf hashtag. Facebook users will have the opportunity to share their U.S. Open memories, as well as their thoughts and experiences from this year’s championship at Facebook.com/usopen.
First-round coverage of the 2012 U.S. Open begins Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. (PDT) on usopen.com.
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit http://www.usga.org.