2012 US Open: Free Live Stream, Where-to-Watch, Preview and Prediction for Golf's Second Major

 
on June 14 2012 9:29 AM

The US Open tees off from Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

Because the course is on the West Coast, almost every shot of the tournament will be broadcast by someone, either on the web or on television.

Tiger Woods has a chance to continue his quest for 18 major titles this week. After winning the Memorial a few weeks ago, many watchers think he is back in form and poised to dominate again.

On the opening day of the tournament, he has been paired as part of a super group along with Phil Mickelson, and Master's champion Bubba Watson.

Other storylines include Rory McIlroy, the defending tournament champion, who is in one of the roughest patches of his golf career, having missed three of the last four cuts. McIlroy will need to improve in a hurry to defend his title.

Andy Zhang, a 14-year-old from China, will also stand out in the field as the youngest US Open competitor since before World War II. He doesn't stand much of a chance of winning the tournament (two players widthdrew before he was even afforded the opportunity to be at the Open) but he will make things fun to watch.

Luke Donald, the world's current No. 1 golfer, could also make some waves at the Open. He has managed to ascend to the top of the world golf rankings despite never winning a major tournament. Perhaps this weekend will be the time he changes that.

Where to watch:

ESPN will have live coverage on Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. ET then the coverage will switch over to NBC from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. That pattern holds true for Friday as well.

On Saturday and Sunday NBC takes over with a broadcast from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

USOpen.com will start live streaming at 10:33 a.m. ET on Thursday when the marquee group tees off and continue throughout the day. WatchESPN.com has three different options for streaming on their site, a marquee group feed that follows Woods, Watson and Mickelson; a feed for the final 10 holes of the tournament, and a feed that will duplicate the ESPN television coverage.

There are also live feeds available for free on FirstRowSports.

Prediction: Tiger Woods got his mojo back when he chipped in on Sunday at the Memorial. He will ride that momentum to his first major title since 2008.

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