After 20 years, NBC signs off from final US Open

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:15 PM
After 20 years, NBC signs off from final US Open

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.

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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.