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U.S. Open playoff: Start time, date, how to live stream, rules

The U.S. Open could be headed to a playoff. We break down how to watch it and how the playoff will work.

Jon Rahm looks over the 13th green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: There will not be a playoff as Jon Rahm won his first career major after shooting -6. Louis Oosthuizen had a rough 17 and 18 and finished at -5.

The 2021 U.S. Open has been a thrilling race to the finish, and with a few holes remaining, we have a shot at a playoff for the first time since 2008. Jon Rahm is the clubhouse leader, closing with a birdie to finish at -6. Louis Oosthuizen is right behind him on the leaderboard with a -5 through 14 holes.

If you’re just catching up to the 2021 U.S. Open, the final round is airing on NBC and is available for live stream at NBCSports.com/live. Peacock, USOpen.com and the U.S. Open app are all streaming featured groups and holes.

If Rahm and Oosthuizen finish the round tied, they will immediately move to a two-hole playoff. Previously they would play a full 18-hole playoff that would run on Monday. The Tour changed that in 2018 and moved to a two-hole aggregate, meaning the low score after two extra holes is the winner. If the players are still tied after those two holes, it goes to sudden death.

If there is a playoff, the first two holes will be at No. 7 and No. 18. If there is a tie after the two-hole aggregate, players will move into sudden death on No. 7, No. 8, and No. 18 until a winner is crowned.

The last time the U.S. Open had a playoff, in 2008, Tiger Woods outlasted Rocco Mediate in the playoff after it went to a 19th hole for sudden death.