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The U.S. Open on television: Ready for drones, rail cams and robotics?

June 14, 2015

The U.S. Open is the centerpiece of Fox Sports' entry into golf coverage, the reason why the network reportedly is paying $100 million a year to televise USGA events. It begins Thursday and includes prime-time coverage.

Joe Buck will anchor the telecasts, with Greg Norman serving as the lead analyst.

Among technologies it will introduce (see video below) are drone flyovers, drop-down remote robotics cameras around the course, a small remote-controlled car with an HD camera attached to it and "set loose on the grounds at Chambers Bay," rail cams and augmented reality graphics.