Three-Part Series Begins Sunday, 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
David Feherty to Host “Feherty Live” Special from Chicago to Air on Golf Channel Wed., Sept. 26
Golf Channel to Premiere “War by the Shore” Documentary on Tue., Sept. 25, Providing an Insider’s Look Into the Historic 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah
“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 “Road to the Ryder Cup” host
ORLANDO, Fla. / NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2012) – NBC Sports Group presents unprecedented Ryder Cup tournament action, news coverage, and original themed programming in September. The 39th edition of the biennial golf competition between the world’s top professional golfers representing the United States and Europe, takes place Sept. 28-30 in Medinah, Ill.
ROAD TO THE RYDER CUP: Kicking off NBC Sports Group’s coverage will be a special three-part Road to the Ryder Cup series, premiering Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. The Golf Channel-produced 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 Jose Maria Olazabal, and introductions to the U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams. The three-part series continues on NBC on successive Sundays (Sept. 9 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET. Golf Channel will re-air the series on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. ET. Mark Rolfing, a Chicago native, provides narration for the series.
RYDER CUP TUESDAYS: Every Tuesday during the month of September leading up to the Ryder Cup, Golf Channel airs tournament action from three of the most exciting and dramatic Ryder Cup finishes in history. The shows immediately follow Road to the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, Sept. 4,11 and 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL – U.S. RYDER CUP CAPTAIN’S PICKS: Golf Channel airs a special two-hour show on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. ET featuring U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III’s news conference announcing his four captain’s picks.
RYDER CUP / NBC TOURNAMENT BROADCAST TEAM: Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller – together for their 13th season – anchors 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):
Sept. 29 Saturday Day Two 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET
Sept. 30 Sunday Day Three Noon-6 p.m. ET
**ESPN will carry coverage of Ryder Cup Day One on Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-7:30 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 – (Monday-Thursday, Sept. 24-27, 7 a.m. ET; Sunday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m. ET) – Morning Drive keeps 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 www.GolfChannel.com/morningdrive.
Live From the Ryder Cup – (Monday-Sunday, Sept. 24-30 *see air times below) – Golf Channel’s signature news show from golf’s biggest events, Live From the Ryder Cup provides more than 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 hosts 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.
War By the Shore – (Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m. ET) – Produced by multiple Emmy Award-winner Ross Greenburg, former president of HBO Sports, this 60-minute documentary provides viewers with an insider’s look at the 1991 Ryder Cup, contested at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. War By the Shore goes inside the ropes with in-depth and insightful interviews with many of the competing players, including all four at the center of the final day: Mark Calcavecchia, Colin Montgomerie, Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer. Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Feherty Live – (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m. ET) – Funnyman David Feherty’s off-beat humor and unique interview style is on full display in this live variation of his popular Feherty series on Golf Channel. Featuring live interviews with special celebrity guests, the performance takes place at the Tivoli theater in Downers Grove, Ill., nearby to Medinah Country Club where the Ryder Cup will be contested.
Grey Goose 19th Hole – (Thursday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m. ET) – Grey Goose 19th Hole, Golf Channel’s longstanding roundtable discussion show, broadcasts live from the Medinah Country Club. Host Ryan Burr moderates an expert panel of analysts previewing the storylines heading into the Ryder Cup.
DIGITAL: GolfChannel.com and NBCSports.com provides comprehensive news reports, features and breaking news from an award-winning editorial team throughout the month of September. NBCSports.com streams live coverage of the final two days of the Ryder Cup (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30), also 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|
|Tuesday||Sept. 25||1-7 p.m. ET (player news conferences)|
|7-9 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday||Sept. 26||1-5 p.m. ET (player news conferences)|
|7-9 p.m. ET|
|Thursday||Sept. 27||5-6 p.m. ET (Opening Ceremony)|
|6-8 p.m. ET|
|Friday||Sept. 28||7-8 a.m. ET|
|7:30-9:30 p.m. ET|
|Saturday||Sept. 29||7-9 a.m. ET|
|7-9 p.m. ET|
|Sunday||Sept. 30||10 a.m.-Noon ET|
|6-9 p.m. ET|
-NBC Sports Group-