Day 1 of the 2012 Ryder Cup is in progress on ESPN, but where will you watch this weekend’s action?
NBC offers weekend television coverage of the bi-annual America versus Europe golf tournament.
Friday’s action saw plenty of hometown cheers for the USA golfers. U-S-A chants frequented the action as the Americans made an excellent first impression.
Last time around the Europeans had the home-course advantage as the tournament was held in Wales. Where the tournament is held hasn’t mattered much, the Europeans have dominated and won seven of the last 10 over the past 20 years.
Weekend TV Schedule (via CBSSports.com)
*Note: All tee times and relevant schedule information can be found at rydercup.com.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Pairs: Best ball, alternate shot
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
|Team USA||Team Europe|
|Captain: Davis Love III||Captain: Jose Maria Olazabal|
|Keegan Bradley||Nicolas Colsaerts|
|Jason Dufner||Luke Donald|
|Jim Furyk||Sergia Garcia|
|Dustin Johnson||Peter Hanson|
|Zach Johnson||Martin Kaymer|
|Matt Kuchar||Paul Lawrie|
|Phil Mickelson||Graeme McDowell|
|Brandt Snedeker||Rory McIlroy|
|Webb Simpson||Francesco Molinari|
|Steve Stricker||Ian Poulter|
|Bubba Watson||Justin Rose|
|Tiger Woods||Lee Westwood|
Golfers to Watch:
USA: Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson and teammate Webb Simpson are 5 Up at the time of this publication. Their pairing has dominated their European counterparts—Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson.
They led by as many as 6 Up at one point.
Watson’s great opening day play may only count as one point for America, but it is an emphatic and lasting impression heading into the weekend. Look for Watson to continue his success against whoever he draws for the weekend.
Europe: Rory McIlroy
McIlroy may be not only the best player on either the American or the European team but in the world. He’s currently ranked No. 1 in the world so that isn’t very hard for you to believe.
He’s burst onto the golf world scene recently. Since August, McIlroy has recorded three wins, five Top 10 finishes in six tournaments.
He’s struggled with teammate Graeme McDowell but is certainly capable of rebounding and recovering points for the Europeans over the weekend. In fact, it’s as sure of a thing as there gets.
Some of the best golfers in the world are paired against each other in this exciting formatted bi-annual clash. As expected, Friday saw some fireworks with these prominent names displaying their talents at Medinah Country Club.
While the USA began the day strong, there is too much talent on the side of the Europeans to discount the threat they pose. Their depth is their strength in this tournament.
As of right now the Americans lead 4-2 and are winning in two of the three remaining pairings. The third match is tied. If they can hold onto two of these three games and take a 5-2 or 5.5-2.5 (in the event of a tie in the current tied match), they will create an almost insurmountable lead heading into the weekend.
Despite Europe’s depth, the momentum is in favor of the Americans. They’re playing excellent golf and will continue to build onto this lead on their way to a Ryder Cup win.