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June 05, 2017
USGA, Topgolf and FOX Sports Announce First Nationwide U.S. Open Watch Party on June 15
U.S. Open Celebrations Planned Across the Country at all 30 Topgolf Locations
FAR HILLS, N.J. (June 5, 2017) – The USGA, Topgolf® and FOX Sports have joined forces to celebrate the 117th U.S. Open Championship through a live viewing experience on Thursday, June 15 at all 30 Topgolf venues across the country.
The Ultimate U.S. Open Watch Party begins at 11 a.m. EDT at each Topgolf location as FOX Sports presents live coverage from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Along with the immersive experience and interactive games offered in Topgolf’s hitting bays, participants will be able to view first-round U.S. Open action on all of Topgolf’s in-venue monitors on FS1 until 6 p.m. EDT and the FOX broadcast network until 9 p.m. EDT.
Conducted by the USGA, the U.S. Open Championship is widely regarded as golf’s ultimate test for the best players in the world. More than 9,400 golfers from all 50 states and 66 foreign countries entered qualifying in their quest to claim one of the coveted 156 spots in the championship field. The 72-hole championship ends on Father’s Day, June 18. Complete information can be found at usopen.com.
“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Open to new audiences, many of whom may have been introduced to the game through new avenues, and are enthusiastic about playing,” said Diana Murphy, president of the USGA. “We know the power of the U.S. Open to excite and inspire. Supporting a nationwide U.S. Open watch party can help advance interest in golf, and engage more people to try the game for the first time.”
The National Golf Foundation recently reported that in addition to nearly the 24 million U.S. golfers currently enjoying the game, another 12.8 million have expressed they are “very interested” in trying it – more than half of whom are under the age of 29.
In 2016, Topgolf served 10.5 million guests, 53 percent of whom are between the ages of 18 and 34.
“We’re excited to celebrate one of the greatest events in sports by creating a fun, social experience for our guests to play golf while they watch golf’s greats compete on TV,” said Topgolf Chief Marketing Officer Brian Radics.
FOX Sports is the domestic broadcast partner for the USGA, providing at least 45 hours of live U.S. Open coverage via FS1, the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes, in addition to continuous live-streaming throughout the championship on FOX Sports GO.
“FOX Sports is always looking for inventive ways to engage with viewers and we’re thrilled to bring the U.S. Open to fans in this uniquely social and interactive setting,” said Whit Haskel, FOX Sports senior vice president, Brand Marketing.
Fans are encouraged to register for the Ultimate U.S. Open Watch Party at www.topgolf.com/usopen, post a photo on social media using #usopen and download the official U.S. Open app for tee times and exclusive digital coverage, available June 7.
About the USGA
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.
Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, family outing, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 32 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.