PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — With a handshake, held-back tears and a highlight montage of its history, NBC Sports ended its 20-year run of televising the U.S. Open.
NBC had televised the U.S. Open every year since 1995 at Shinnecock Hills with the love-him-or-hate-him Johnny Miller as its lead analyst.
The U.S. Golf Association's 12-year deal with Fox Sports begins next year.
Producer Tommy Roy had said the only mention of the farewell would come during the sign-off Sunday. He kept his word, and NBC left most of the sentimentality out of the broadcast.
Instead, during the round, the network kept its focus on the renovated Pinehurst No. 2 course and, of course, on Martin Kaymer as he rolled to an eight-stroke victory for his second major title.