The U.S. Open has always been a convenient way to mark your calendar for the unofficial start of Summer. And with just about everything else this year, you can throw your plans out the window because the 2020 U.S. Open will welcome the start of Fall. The tournament was scheduled to start June 18-21 but will now start this weekend.
The postponement isn't the only change as the Open isn't nearly as open this year as there are no qualifying tournaments leading up to the event. This year's field will only consist of players who are exempt from qualifying.
What TV Channel is the 2020 U.S. Open on?
The 2020 U.S. Open will be shown on several channels including Golf Channel and NBC. Please see the full TV schedule below. You can live stream the full U.S. Open on fuboTV.
How to Watch the 2020 U.S. Open - Schedule
Thursday, September 17: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 2-5 p.m. ET (NBC)
Friday, September 18: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 4-7 p.m. ET (NBC)
Saturday, September 19: 11 a.m. -7:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, September 20: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 12-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
When: Thursday, September 17 - Sunday, September 20
Where: Winged Foot Golf Club - Mamaroneck, NY
TV: NBC, Golf Channel
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch Golf Channel free with fuboTV)
The pre-exempt player most favored to win is Dustin Johnson. He just won the FedEx Cup and he already has a U.S. Open under his belt for his first major in win coming in 2016. It doesn't hurt that he is the number one player in the world either. In his last four tournaments, he's won twice and been the runner-up twice.
But if you're looking for a bit of an underdog with a very legitimate chance of winning, look no further than Jon Rahm. He has the next best odds after Johnson and 2020 has prepped him to win his first major. When you type "Why is Winged Foot" into Google, the first auto response is "Why is Winged Foot so difficult?". One of the biggest reasons is their putting surfaces as Phil Mickelson once said it has the most difficult greens he's ever seen.
Rahm knows a thing or two about difficult courses as he won the Memorial Tournament that elevated him to the number one golfer for four weeks starting in July 2020. If that wasn't proof enough proof, just two weeks ago he defeated Johnson at the BMW Championship in a playoff. Not to mention he's finished top ten in four of his last six outings. Watching Johnson and Rahm face of in a major, will alone be worth tuning into the tournament.
2020 U.S. Open Betting Odds
Tiger Woods: 50-1
Bryson DeChambeau: 22-1
Dustin Johnson: 17-2
Branden Grace: 150-1
Phil Mickelson: 80-1
Jon Rahm: 10-1
Rory McIlroy: 16-1
Collin Morikawa: 18-1
As for everyone's favorite righty and lefty, Tiger Woods and Mickelson respectively, they'll have their work cut out for them to be competitive at Winged Foot. Tiger has made the cut all season but this course has never been his strong suit as he ranked the venue one of the most difficult courses.
As for Mickelson, well he will have to exercise some demons. In 2006 at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, Mickelson needed par to win or bogey to tie after 72 holes. He infamously doubled-bogeyed the 18th hole on the last day after some of the best golf in the course's history and lost to Geoff Ogilvy. Here's major tournaments coming back and to more pleasant memories for Lefty over the weekend.