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U.S. Open 2014 TV schedule and preview

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Phil Mickelson reacts to his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. (June 16, 2013) Credit: Getty


1. Phil Mickelson's saga: Can he finally win the Open in his 24th try, after six brutal runner-up finishes, under the cloud of an FBI investigation into insider trading?

2. Pinehurst: They have dug up and dispatched 40 acres of rough and replaced it with a "natural'' look. It's only natural to wonder if this is going to make it easier, harder or just weird to see.

3. No Tiger Woods: Tour players are used to not having him around, now that he is missing his second consecutive major. TV ratings won't recover, but will spike when he does return.

4. The next major: Which of these major champions can add to his collection: Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, defending champion Justin Rose?

5. Back-to-back: This is the first half of a two-week doubleheader at Pinehurst No. 2. The Women's Open takes over next week.


1. Jordan Spieth:  At 20, he's a PGA Tour winner and led the Masters for a while on Sunday. He looks like a lock to be a major champion -- except the field also includes fellow Texas alumnus, U.S. Amateur champion and John Deere Classic winner David Gossett, who hasn't been in a U.S. Open in 14 years.

2. Hideki Matsuyama: At 22, he's fresh off a victory at the Memorial.

3. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Nineteen-year-old from England won the 2013 U.S. Amateur.

4. Smylie Kaufman: It's actually the middle name for the 22-year-old recent LSU golfer who just turned pro. His brother and caddie is named Luckie.

5. Thistle Dhu Putting Course: Extremely cool, big, undulated green at Pinehurst Resort, open to the public -- but only the public younger than 18. It was inspired by former New York steamship magnate James Barber, who bought this property in 1919, established the first known miniature golf course and upon seeing it, said, "This'll do.''


1. Sergio Garcia:This course might be just quirky enough to suit him, but he trying to shake off a knee injury.

2. Dustin Johnson: Said he believes he can hit well off the tee here. We'll see.

3. Matt Kuchar: Kind of honored to be included in the "Best Player Never to Have Won a Major'' conversation.

4. Rickie Fowler: He will star this weekend on a USGA public service announcement promoting nine-hole rounds.

5. Lee Westwood: You wonder if, at 41, his time has passed.


Matt Dobyns, head pro at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, is playing in his first Open, having qualified last week through 36 holes in Purchase, N.Y. A two-time Long Island Open champion from Texas, he is the grandnephew of longtime Meadow Brook Club pro Gil Cavanaugh. He swings righthanded and putts lefthanded.

Chris Crenshaw, Dobyns' caddie and nephew of Ben Crenshaw, also is from Texas and now is assistant pro at the Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor.

A contingent is here from Shinnecock Hills, which will host the 2018 U.S. Open

A contingent (led by owner and founder Michael Pascucci) is here from Sebonack Golf Club, which hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Open and maintains a good relationship with the USGA.

Architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, who did the ambitious restoration of Pinehurst 2, designed Friar's Head in Riverhead and East Hampton Golf Club and are doing pre-Open work at Shinnecock.

TV SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

Thursday (First round)

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: ESPN

3-5 p.m.: NBC

5-7 p.m.: ESPN 2

Friday (Second round)

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: ESPN

3-5 p.m.: NBC

5-7 p.m.: ESPN 2

Saturday (Third round)

12-7:30 p.m.: NBC

Sunday (Final round)

12-7:30 p.m.: NBC

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