The third round of the 2012 U.S. Open begins Saturday with the field cut to 72 players. The USGA will continue the tradition of primetime coverage at West Coast venues. Mike Davis and company began setting later tee times at Torrey Pines in 2008 and repeated it with great success at Pebble Beach in 2012. The weekend means they'll no longer have to squeeze in two waves of tee times comprised of threesomes, setting a more typical schedule.
The final group of Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk will not tee off until 6:05 p.m. ET, with nearly their entire round coming in primetime. ESPN will now hand over the complete broadcast coverage to NBC. As usual, Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will anchor the coverage with a cast the typical Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Peter Jacobsen and others. NBC will come on the air a 4:00 p.m. ET and the broadcast is scheduled to run until 10:00 p.m. ET, although it's likely Woods and Furyk are not finished by then and NBC will be on the air past that.
In addition to the television coverage on NBC, USOpen.com will be live streaming the action from two of the most exciting holes on the course -- No. 8 and No. 18. Both provide two potential birdie opportunities and USOpen.com will have two of the more exciting approach shots on the course. Visit their site for a complete list of TV, radio, and streaming schedules.
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