British Open 2015 viewing guide: Coverage schedule and how to watch live ... - SB Nation

After the FOX experiment of the U.S. Open, major championship golf returns to one of its traditional partners this week at St. Andrews. ESPN and ABC have a 55-year relationship with the British Open, but 2015's edition at St. Andrews will be their penultimate broadcast. Just last year, the cable giant had varying levels of rights to the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship. But after Royal Troon next year, all that may remain is the Masters, which maintains a constant one-year deal with CBS, who in turn grants early round rights to ESPN.

The past couple years have prompted a game of musical chairs among the majors and their broadcast partners. The U.S. Open took the big FOX money and ran from their traditional partner, NBC. That left Johnny Miller and friends without a major championship and just The Players and Ryder Cup every other year as their marquee golf properties. So when the US portion of the Open Championship rights went out for bidding this summer, NBC, and their Comcast sister cable network, Golf Channel, swooped in and got back into major championship golf. They will start carrying The Open in 2017.

In the interim, ESPN will control every minute of Open Championship coverage at the Old Course and Troon and try go out big. The British Open is such a unique championship for many reasons and one major one is the tradition of overnight viewing in the United States. This is not an easy watch and can weed out the undedicated souls those first two days.

There are many different methods to powering through and getting on "British Open time," but the one I've found most effective is grinding through the first round and just staying up all night. You'll hit a wall late on Thursday, but you will be nice and ready to crash early in the evening and then on pace for Friday and that rest of the weekend. Some alcoholic beverages of your choice might help the process at different points, but you must be careful. This seems to...

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