ESPN is preparing for its coverage of next week’s U.S. Open.
ESPN will televise the first two rounds of the tournament from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, June 13-14.
Chris Berman will host the television coverage. Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger will handle the call from the 18th green. The rest of the team includes Curtis Strange (hole announcer) and Andy North (on-course reporter), World Golf Hall of Famer Judy Rankin and two-time major winner Dottie Pepper (on-course reporters). Other hole announcers will be Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon and Sean McDonough, while Bill Kratzert also will report from the course. Reporter Tom Rinaldi will conduct player interviews.
SportsCenter will also be on hand at Merion throughout the tournament. Scott Van Pelt and John Anderson will host the programs with analyst Andy North and reporter Tom Rinaldi. Analysts Paul Azinger and David Duval and ESPN.com national columnist Gene Wojciechowski also will contribute to the SportsCenterreports. Regular editions of SportsCenter will have reports from the U.S. Open hosted by Mike Tirico on the hour beginning Tuesdayof the championship week.
ESPN Radio will also have coverage of the tournament based on the following schedule:
ESPN Radio’s Four-Round U.S. Open Coverage (All Times Eastern)
|Thursday, June 13||10 a.m. – 4 p.m.|
|Friday, June 14||10 a.m. – 4 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 15||2-8 p.m.|
|Sunday, June 16||2-8 p.m.|
ESPN Radio’s Preview & Review Shows
|Thursday, June 13||2013 U.S. Open Preview Special||1 a.m. & 4 a.m.|
|Friday, June 14||First Round Recap Special||4 a.m.|
|Saturday, June 15||Second Round Recap Special||1 a.m. & 4 a.m.|
|Sunday, June 16||Third Round Recap Special||1 a.m. & 4 a.m.|
|Monday, June 17||2013 U.S. Open Recap Special||4 a.m.|
Commentators contributing to ESPN Radio’s live coverage from Merion include: Doug Bell, Bill Kratzert, Dennis Paulson,Bill Rosinski, Curtis Strange and Bob Wischusen. Kevin Winter will host U.S. Open studio programming featuring a preview and recap shows from all four rounds.
U.S. Open action will also be available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.