The finest golfers from the United States and Europe go head-to-head for glory as one of sport’s greatest rivalries is rekindled in the 39th edition of the Ryder Cup.
With Europe aiming to retain the trophy against a resurgent US team in front of a patriotic and partisan American crowd at the Medinah Country Club, the tournament promises to be yet another highlight of an extraordinary year of sport.
Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage of all the drama and excitement across all three days in Illinois, with free-to-air highlights on BBC TV at the end of each day’s play.
Team Europe, captained by Jose Maria Olazabal, are defending the trophy they lifted in dramatic fashion at Celtic Manor in Newport two years ago.
Graeme McDowell holed a long putt on the 16th hole of his singles match with Hunter Mahan to regain the golden chalice for the continent.
But the European team, which includes the world’s top two players in Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, can expect a fiery Illinois atmosphere over the weekend and will hope to have victory well within sight heading into the final day’s play.
It will be a Ryder Cup to remember and Sky Sports and BBC TV will be there to bring the picturesque backdrop of the Medinah Country Club into your living room as all the drama unfolds.
The 39th Ryder Cup tees off at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois on Friday, September 28, and Sky Sports will be showing Europe’s bid to retain the prized trophy exclusively live.
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who competed in seven Ryder Cups as a player, has named a strong team to take across the Atlantic.
The Spaniard has selected Ian Poulter and rookie Nicolas Colsaerts as his wildcards to join Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Francesco Molinari, Peter Lawrie, Justin Rose and Peter Hanson.
Davis Love III, who will captain the United States team, has completed his side with the wildcard additions of Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and rookie Brandt Snedeker.
They join Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson, who makes a record ninth appearance in the competition.
Dufner, Bradley and Simpson will all be making their Ryder Cup debuts.
With the crème de la crème of golf playing for international pride rather than prize money, the 2012 Ryder Cup will be full of passion and excitement.
Sky Sports and BBC TV will let you delve deep inside golf’s showpiece event and experience all the action as it happens from Illinois.
Details of how you can follow the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club with SOTB’s viewing guide below:
The format of the Ryder Cup is unlike the majority of the tournaments that feature on the golfing calendar.
Consisting of 28 matches over three days, all of which are scored using match-play rules, the tournament will be spread across three days:
- Day 1 – Friday – 4x foursome (morning) & 4x fourball (afternoon)
- Day 2 – Saturday – 4x foursome (morning) & 4x fourball (afternoon)
- Day 3 – Sunday – 12x singles matches
Each match is played to a maximum of 18 holes and worth one point to the winner, with ½ a point awarded to both sides if a match is tied after the 18 holes.
A total of 28 points are available, with 14½ points required to win the Cup and 14 points needed for the defending champions to retain it.
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MORNING FOURSOMES LIVE – 12.30pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D Match 1 – Tee-time: 1.20pm (BST) Furyk / Snedeker v McIlroy / McDowell – 1UP EUR Match 2 – Tee-time: 1.35pm (BST) Mickelson / Bradley v Donald / Garcia – 4&3 USA Match 3 – Tee-time: 1.50pm (BST) Dufner / Z. Johnson v Westwood / Molinari – 3&2 USA Match 4 – Tee-time: 2.05pm (BST) Stricker / Woods v Poulter / Rose – 2&1 EUR AFTERNOON FOURBALLS LIVE – 6.30pm-12.30am – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D Match 1 – Tee-time: 6.05pm (BST) Watson / Simpson v Lawrie / Hanson – 5&4 USA Match 2 – Tee-time: 6.20pm (BST) Mickelson / Bradley v McIlroy / McDowell – 2&1 USA Match 3 – Tee-time: 6.35pm (BST) D. Johnson / Kuchar v Rose / Kaymer – 3&2 USA Match 4 – Tee-time: 6.50pm (BST) Woods / Stricker v Westwood / Colsaerts – 1UP EUR Live commentary: BBC Radio 5 live | TV Highlights: BBC Two – 12am
MORNING FOURSOMES LIVE – 12.30pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D Match 1 – Tee-time: 1.20pm (BST) Watson / Simpson v Rose / Poulter – 1UP EUR Match 2 – Tee-time: 1.35pm (BST) Bradley / Mickelson v Westwood / Donald – 7&6 USA Match 3 – Tee-time: 1.50pm (BST) Dufner / Z. Johnson v Colsaerts / Garcia – 2&1 USA Match 4 – Tee-time: 2.05pm (BST) Furyk / Snedeker v McIlroy / McDowell – 1UP USA AFTERNOON FOURBALLS LIVE – 6.30pm-12.30am – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D Match 1 – Tee-time: 6.20pm (BST) Watson / Simpson v Rose / Molinari – 5&4 USA Match 2 – Tee-time: 6.35pm (BST) D. Johnson / Kuchar v Colsaerts / Lawrie – 1UP USA Match 3 – Tee-time: 6.50pm (BST) Woods / Stricker v Garcia / Donald – 1UP EUR Match 4 – Tee-time: 7.05pm (BST) Dufner / Z. Johnson v McIlroy / Poulter – 1UP EUR Live commentary: BBC Radio 5 live | TV Highlights: BBC Two – 12am
SINGLES LIVE – 4.00pm-12.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D Tee-times all BST 17:03 – Bubba Watson v Luke Donald– 2&1 EUR 17:14 – Webb Simpson v Ian Poulter – 2UP EUR 17:25 – Keegan Bradley v Rory McIlroy – 2&1 EUR 17:36 – Phil Mickelson v Justin Rose – 1UP EUR 17:47 – Brandt Snedeker v Paul Lawrie – 5&3 EUR 17:58 – Dustin Johnson v Nicolas Colsaerts – 3&2 USA 18:09 – Zach Johnson v Graeme McDowell – 2&1 USA 18:20 – Jim Furyk v Sergio Garcia – 1UP EUR 18:31 – Jason Dufner v Peter Hanson – 2UP USA 18:42 – Matt Kuchar v Lee Westwood – 3&2 EUR 18:53 – Steve Stricker v Martin Kaymer – 1UP EUR 19:04 – Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari – A/S Live commentary: BBC Radio 5 live | TV Highlights: BBC One – 11.05pm .
Sky Sports brings viewers comprehensive coverage of the 2012 Ryder Cup with exclusive live coverage of all three days.
All the action will be available in high-definition, 3D (see below), and via laptops, mobiles and tablets with Sky Go.
In addition to Sky’s comprehensive live coverage, there’s a whole host of support programming including documentaries, preview shows, a daily breakfast show, and an in-depth summary of how the 39th edition of this great tournament was won.
This year, Sky Sports boasts its most extensive coverage of the Ryder Cup ever.
Along with more cameras than ever before, the interactive service allows viewers to focus on individual games, catch up with the latest highlights and keep up to date with all the scores and developing stories.
Sky Sports also boasts an impressive array of talent who will cast their eye over all the matches, including Butch Harmon, whose coaching helped take Tiger Woods to the top of the game.
Colin Montgomerie, who represented Europe eight times in the competition and captained the triumphant team at Celtic Manor in 2010, will also be part of the Sky team, as will former professional Mark Roe.
David Livingstone will anchor Sky Sports’ live coverage from a purpose-built studio overlooking the distinctive clubhouse at Medinah Country Club.
Commentary will provided by Ewen Murray, Bruce Critchley and Rob Lee, with on-course reports and interviews from Howard Clark, Richard Boxall and Tim Barter.
There is an assortment of programmes and features to supplement the excitement from Medinah.
Building up to the opening tee shot, Sky Sports has the history of the competition, an interview with Olazabal, and the results of a Sky Sports viewers’ poll to determine the greatest-ever Ryder Cup competition.
During live coverage, viewers can access Sky Sports’ Ryder Cup interactive service. Press the red button to access a range of extra features, including rolling highlights and live scoreboards.
You can also watch an alternative live coverage feed provided by US networks ESPN (Friday) and NBC (Saturday and Sunday).
Sarah Stirk and David Howell will present the Ryder Cup Breakfast Show, previewing all the upcoming games and analysing the previous day’s play using Sky Sports’ special shot centre, which will look at the players’ tactics and the technical nuances.
Sky Sports News will also be in Illinois from Monday 24 September, with presenter Kirsty Gallagher and reporters including James Haddock bringing viewers all the latest news in the build-up and throughout the event.
The Sky Sports for iPad app will bring viewers closer to action, with multiple live streams from the Medinah course that can be viewed using split screen technology, highlights from around the course, as well as live scoreboard and a live feed of the latest tweets from those in the know.
You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news and reports from the 39th Ryder Cup via Sky Sports’ dedicated website – CLICK HERE
Follow Sky Sports Golf on Twitter for the latest developements direct from Medinah – @SkySportsGolf
Sky Sports has announced that all three days of the 2012 Ryder Cup will be broadcast in 3D on its dedicated channel Sky 3D.
The broadcaster has joined forces with leading 3D production company CAMERON | PACE Group – founded by Hollywood director James Cameron and Vince Pace – to deliver live 3D coverage from the Medinah Country Club.
Sky 3D will show more than 30 hours of live coverage of the Ryder Cup and the technology and experience available two years on from the first Ryder Cup broadcast in 3D on Sky, at Celtic Manor in 2010, will be sure to make this year’s event an even more immersive experience.
Robert Lee, Steve Beddow and Peter Oosterhuis will provide the commentary for Sky 3D’s coverage, with on-course reports from Wayne Riley.
Sky 3D TV Times:Friday: 12.30pm-12.30am Saturday: 12.30pm-12.30am Sunday: 4.00pm-12.30am Sky 3D is available on Sky channel 217
The BBC will bring full coverage of the 2012 Ryder Cup through live radio commentary and TV highlights from the Medinah Country Club.
Hazel Irvine presents comprehensive highlights of the 2012 Ryder Cup on BBC TV, with expert commentary from Peter Alliss and Ken Brown. Rishi Persad will be the reporter out on the course.
They will be joined by four-time Ryder Cup winning legend Sir Nick Faldo, who has played in a record 11 Ryder Cups, and captained the side four years ago.
Television coverage begins with highlights of the opening day’s play at 12midnight on Friday 28 September on BBC Two. Highlights of the final day’s play will air on BBC One after Match of the Day 2 at 11.05pm.
Each programme will be repeated on BBC Two at a more civilised hour the following day (see schedule below), as well as being available to view on the BBC iPlayer.
BBC Radio 5 live will have exclusive live UK commentary of the tournament across all three days plus all the build up throughout the week.
John Inverdale leads the radio team with golf correspondent Iain Carter and Andrew Cotter heading up the commentary.
Providing expert comment and insight is three time European Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher; Andrew Coltart, a Ryder Cup team member in 1999, where he competed against Tiger Woods in the singles; multiple European Tour winner and current top 50 player Simon Dyson; former Women’s British Open Champion and Solheim Cup team member Karen Stupples; and PGA Tour player Andrew Magee.
Live radio coverage starts at 1pm on Friday 28 and Saturday 29, and at 3pm on Sunday 30 September.
In addition, BBC TV viewers can listen to 5live commentary accompanied by live graphics and leaderboards via the BBC Red Button. Press red during live sessions to view this option (times below).
The BBC Sport website will have live text commentary of all the action, simultaneous online streaming of highlights programmes, plus all the news throughout the tournament.
Sunday 23rd September The Ryder Cup Countdown with Iain Carter 9.00pm-10.00pm – BBC Radio 5 live Thursday 27th September Ollie’s Ryder Cup 6.30pm-7.00pm – Sky Sports 1 2010 Ryder Cup – Official Film 7.00pm-8.30pm – Sky Sports 1 RYDER CUP 2012 PREVIEW & OPENING CEREMONY LIVE – 9.00pm-11.30pm – Sky Sports 1 LIVE – 9.00pm-10.30pm – BBC Radio 5 live Greatest Ryder Cup Ever 11.30pm-1.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Friday 28th September DAY 1 FOURSOMES LIVE – 12.30pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D LIVE – 1.00pm-6.30pm – BBC Radio 5 live LIVE – 1.00pm-6.30pm – BBC Red Button (5 live comms + graphics) DAY 1 FOURBALLS LIVE – 6.30pm-12.30am – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D LIVE – 6.30pm-1.00am – BBC Radio 5 live LIVE – 6.30pm-11.30pm – BBC Red Button (5 live comms + graphics) Day 1 Highlights 12.00am-2.00am – BBC Two / BBC HD Saturday 29th September Ryder Cup Breakfast 9.30am-12.30pm – Sky Sports 1 Day 1 Highlights (repeat) 11.00am-1.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD DAY 2 FOURSOMES LIVE – 12.30pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D LIVE – 12.00pm-12.45pm & 3.00pm-6.00pm – BBC Radio 5 live DAY 2 FOURBALLS LIVE – 6.30pm-12.30am – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D LIVE – 6.00pm-1.00am – BBC Radio 5 live LIVE – 6.00pm-12.00am – BBC Red Button (5 live comms + graphics) Day 2 Highlights 12.00am-2.00am – BBC Two / BBC HD Sunday 30th September Ryder Cup Breakfast 9.30am-12.30pm – Sky Sports 1 Day 2 Highlights (repeat) 2.00pm-4.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD DAY 3 SINGLES LIVE – 4.00pm-12.30am – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D LIVE – 5.00pm-12.00am – BBC Radio 5 live LIVE – 5.00pm-12.00am – BBC Red Button (5 live comms + graphics) Day 3 Highlights 11.05pm-1.05am – BBC One / BBC One HD Monday 1st October Day 3 Highlights (edited repeat) 7.00pm-8.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD How The 2012 Ryder Cup Was Won 8.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 2 . . .