For SportsCenter anchor and ESPN radio host Scott Van Pelt, this presents somewhat of a homecoming.
Van Pelt is a native of Brookeville, Md. — just 15 miles north of Congressional CC — and a University of Maryland alum.
Here he provides Front Row with thoughts on everything from his favorite hole at Congressional to Maryland seafood.
FR: How excited are you to be a part of the U.S. Open at Congressional?
SVP: It’s great to have the event in my hometown. Congressional is a phenomenal layout.
FR: What is your favorite hole there?
SVP: Eighteen is one of the great holes in the game. The look from the tee at that Clubhouse is special.
FR: What has evolved the most over the years you have been involved in the U.S. Open for ESPN?
SVP: It’s basically the same, but embracing all the platforms and the way the U.S. Open can be served by us has probably “evolved” the most.
FR: When you’re not talking golf and sports, what do you like to do for fun?
SVP: I host a radio show and SportsCenter. No time for fun.
FR: What kind of golfer are you and how often do you get to play?
SVP: I try to squeeze it in where I can, but it’s love/hate. Right now the love is lost, so golf and I are seeing other people. We’ll get back together soon though.
FR: Where do you go for seafood when you’re home?
SVP: Crab cakes are a Baltimore thing and Phillips is legendary.
ESPN’s on-site coverage of the U.S. Open begins with a one-hour SportsCenter special from Congressional C.C. on Tuesday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. On both Thursday and Friday, ESPN and ESPN3.com will air seven hours of live coverage (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. ET). For a full rundown, here’s the ESPN U.S. Open release.