|Road to the Ryder Cup Kicks Off NBC Sports Group Ryder Cup Programming|
|This month, NBC Sports Group will present unprecedented Ryder Cup news coverage, tournament action and original themed programming. Golf Channel has planned nearly 50 hours of live Ryder Cup-themed programming throughout Ryder Cup week.|
Series Prepares Viewers for Excitement of the 2012 Ryder Cup 16 Hours of Live, Weekend Coverage on NBC; Ryder Cup Week on Golf Channel to Feature Nearly 50 Hours of News, Instruction and Original Programming
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - This month, NBC Sports Group will present unprecedented Ryder Cup news coverage, tournament action and original themed programming. The 39th edition of the biennial competition between the world's top professional golfers representing the United States and Europe, takes place Sept. 28-30, at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.
A special three-part series, "Road to the Ryder Cup," premiered earlier this month and will continue Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. on NBC. The series prepares viewers for all of the excitement of the 2012 Ryder Cup, including event history, career perspectives and interviews with U.S. and European Team captains Davis Love III and José María Olazábal, and introductions to the U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams.
Golf Channel re-airs the series on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and 18, at 8 p.m. ET. Chicago native Mark Rolfing narrates the series.
"The Ryder Cup in Chicago is truly a bucket-list event for me. Having grown up in the Chicago area, I share the passion of so many sports fans in one of America's greatest sports towns. Even though there's never been a World Series at Wrigley Field in my lifetime, now I get to experience golf's biggest event on one of its grandest stages." – Mark Rolfing, Golf Channel on NBC analyst and host, "Road to the Ryder Cup"
RYDER CUP/NBC TOURNAMENT BROADCAST TEAM: Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller – together for their 13th season – will anchor NBC's weekend coverage of the Ryder Cup (Sept. 29-30), joined by Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen in tower positions; Roger Maltbie, Dottie Pepper and Mark Rolfing reporting from the golf course; and essayist Jimmy Roberts and Steve Sands conducting interviews. NBC will air 16 hours of weekend Ryder Cup action.
RYDER CUP AIRTIMES ON NBC (all times ET):
Saturday, Sept. 29 - Day Two - 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET
GOLF CHANNEL RYDER CUP PROGRAMMING: Golf Channel has planned nearly 50 hours of live Ryder Cup-themed programming throughout Ryder Cup week.
Morning Drive – (Sept. 24-27, 7 a.m. ET; Sept. 30, 8 a.m. ET) – Morning Drive will keep viewers up date throughout the week on all of the happenings and the latest news from the Ryder Cup with daily interviews with Golf Channel expert analysts, reporters and contributors from on-site at Medinah Country Club. Audio and video clips from each show are posted online daily, and live audio for Morning Drive is streamed online at GolfChannel.com/morningdrive.
Live From the Ryder Cup – (Sept. 24-30, *see air times below) – Golf Channel's signature news show from golf's biggest events, Live From the Ryder Cup will provide nearly 30 hours of wraparound news coverage of the Ryder Cup from dedicated sets at Medinah Country Club with interviews, player news conferences, expert analysis, highlights and features.
The Golf Fix – (Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. ET) – Michael Breed, the 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year, will host a special, hour-long edition of The Golf Fix, live from the Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club driving range, featuring tips, instruction and special guests.
DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com and NBCSports.com will provide comprehensive news reports, features and breaking news from an award-winning editorial team throughout the month of September. NBCSports.com will stream live coverage of the final two days of the Ryder Cup (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30), which also will be available via links on GolfChannel.com and the Golf Channel Mobile App.
*Live From the Ryder Cup TV times:
Monday, Sept. 24 - 6-7 p.m. ET