Fox Sports lands U.S. Open in 12-year deal 

click to enlarge In this Jan. 6, 2012, file photo, Johnny Miller, left, and Nick Faldo, right, laugh while being introduced at the beginning of a Golf Channel broadcast during the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii. - AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERG, FILE
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  • In this Jan. 6, 2012, file photo, Johnny Miller, left, and Nick Faldo, right, laugh while being introduced at the beginning of a Golf Channel broadcast during the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The U.S. Open is leaving NBC Sports for Fox Sports starting in 2015.

In a surprising announcement Wednesday, the U.S. Golf Association said it has signed a multimedia agreement with the Fox network and Fox Sports 1 as the domestic partner for the U.S. Open and the rest of the USGA championships.

The deal is for 12 years and runs through 2026. The first U.S. Open for Fox will be from Chambers Bay outside Seattle. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The game is evolving and requires bold and unique approaches on many levels, and Fox shares our vision to seek fresh thinking and innovative ideas to deliver championship golf," USGA President Glen D. Nager said in a statement.

The U.S. Open had been televised by NBC Sports on the weekend, and ESPN over the first two rounds. Under the agreement, Fox will deliver 146 hours of USGA championship golf. That includes the U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and amateur events.

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