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Sep 26, 2016 | 06:01 am

Ryder Cup TV Schedule

NBC and Golf Channel have some interesting plans for their 25 hours of live coverage of the Ryder Cup, which begin at the end of this week. Here’s their schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 29   5-8 p.m.                 Golf Channel    (Opening Ceremony)

Friday, Sept. 30        8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.  Golf Channel

Saturday, Oct. 1        9 a.m.-7 p.m.         NBC

Sunday, Oct. 2          12 p.m.-6 p.m.       NBC

All times Eastern      

Furthermore, the networks have partnered with their national advertisers to present a number of commercial breaks without viewers having to miss any of the action. Copying a technique already used in auto-racing telecasts, NBC and Golf Channel will put up a split-screen image (like that shown above) with the ad playing on the right side and the match coverage continuing uninterrupted on the left: The audio will be from the ad and the sponsor’s logo will appear above the live golf (like the PGA of America logo in the example above). But visible will be all graphics as to what shot is being hit and if it’s to win or halve a hole, etc.

They call it “Playing Through” and estimate that it will be utilized, according to a network spokesperson, in about a third of the commercial breaks all three days “during times where there is the most drama.

“We’ll run ‘regular’ commercials toward the beginning of coverage when only a few matches are on the course,” the spokesperson told LINKS, “and the same toward the end of coverage when there’s a lot of downtime with only a few matches left on the course. The time when we’ll likely use ‘Playing Through’ the most will be when all matches are out there, and lots of action to cover that we won’t want the viewer to miss.”

Among those covering the action will be Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, David Feherty, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Curt Byrum, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Began, and Jerry Foltz.

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New R&A Captain Drives Himself In

Sep 23, 2016 | 08:31 am

New R&A Captain Drives Himself In

Following a centuries-old tradition, at precisely 8 a.m. today Keith Macintosh struck a ceremonial tee shot from the first tee of the Old Course and thus became the 235th Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Roughly 200 club members and friends gathered on a picture-perfect morning to watch the Scotsman, a lawyer from Ayrshire and former Scottish Amateur Champion, strike a powerful drive, timed to the explosion of a cannon. Also following tradition, a dozen or so caddies scrambled to retrieve the ball, the lucky winner returning it to the new Captain in exchange for a gold sovereign. Captain Macintosh begins his formal duties this evening with a speech at the club's Annual Dinner, a black-tie affair attended by over 500 members from around the world.’

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Sep 22, 2016 | 08:37 am

Big Weekend Ahead: Who Would You Pick?

This is an exciting moment for the PGA Tour and PGA of America, which, if you don’t know, are two separate organizations that confusingly have similar names, both run tournaments, and were actually the same entity until the late 1960s when the pros on TV every weekend spun off from the pros at clubs who give lessons, sell shirts, and organize the member-guest.

But be that as it may, both associations are smack in their element right now.

For the PGA Tour, this weekend is their season-ending event, the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where someone is going to win $1 million-plus for taking the tournament while someone else, or perhaps the same guy, takes home $10 million for claiming the FedExCup. There are only 30 players teeing it up this week, but a bunch of favorites, led by Dustin Johnson, who is having his career year. Others who the experts pick to do well include Jason Day, Paul Casey, and Rory McIlroy.

For real excitement, the nod goes to the PGA of America, which runs the Ryder Cup when it’s played in the U.S. every four years. And unless you’ve been living under a rock you know it’s this year. The European Team for the matches—Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club outside Minneapolis—has already been announced, as have 11 of the 12 players on Team USA. Captain Davis Love III gets this last weekend of play to determine who will be the 12th man on his U.S. squad: He will announce his pick during halftime of this week’s Sunday night NFL game, and what could be more “USA, USA,USA” than that?

The favorite would appear to be Bubba Watson (above), who is number 7 in the World Golf Rankings but was 9th in Ryder Cup points, meaning he was one spot away from automatically qualifying for the team. However, he hasn’t done much in the last six months after going 1st and 2nd in consecutive weeks at LA and Doral. Since then, his best finish was T8 at the Olympics.

Also being mentioned are Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, and Jim Furyk, all of whom were invited to play practice rounds at Hazeltine last weekend, as was Watson.

So who would you pick? We want to hear your selections, and we’ll give you three chances:

1)    Who will win the TOUR Championship?

2)    Who will win the FedExCup?

3)    Who will be added to the U.S. Ryder Cup team?

Predict one, two, or all three in the “comments” section below.

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Sep 21, 2016 | 08:20 am

Oh, Atlanta!

There are a lot of good story lines heading into the Tour Championship, the final PGA Tour event of the 2015-16 season starting tomorrow at East Lake Golf Club outside Atlanta. The first is the switching of the nines, which should make the finish more dramatic with the island-green par-three 15th and reachable par five 18th. Another good story line is whether defending champ Jordan Spieth can kind of salvage his year. Yeah, he's won twice, but neither was a major. Same goes for Rory McIlroy. This is also the first time "The Billy Horschel Rule" will be in effect for the final captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. After tearing through the FedEx Cup playoffs two years ago to win it all, Horschel was left off the team because the final picks were made after the second playoff event. How will the tournament affect Davis Love's final pick Sunday night, or does he have his mind made up already? Finally, five players can win the $10 million bonus if they win this week—Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Day, and Paul Casey (not to mention the $1.53 million winner's purse). But it's a great field that should produce some memorable golf and perhaps a surprise or two with nice, sunny weather forecast. TV times:

Thursday and Friday
PGA TOUR Live -- 10:30am-6:00pm
NBC Golf -- 1:00-6:00pm

Saturday
PGA TOUR Live -- 9:00am-3:30pm
Golf Channel -- 10:00am-12:00pm
NBC -- 12:00pm-3:30pm

Sunday
PGA TOUR Live -- 11:30am-6:00pm
Golf Channel -- 12:00-1:30pm
NBC -- 1:30-6:00pm

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