Thursday, September 29

2016 Ryder Cup Broadcast Schedule

TV SCHEDULE (All times ET)

Following are the TV airtimes for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Opening Ceremony 5-6 p.m. | Golf Channel

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

Saturday, Oct. 1: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | NBC | TSN 4

Sunday, Oct. 2: 12 noon-6 p.m. | NBC | TSN Network


Here's the live stream schedule for and Ryder Cup mobile apps.

Thursday, Sept. 29:
Captain's match from 1 to 4 p.m.
Opening ceremonies from 5 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30:
Ryder Cup Live featured matches from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1st Tee Experience Show live from 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 1:
Ryder Cup Live featured matches from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1st Tee Experience Show live from 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2:
Ryder Cup Live Singles matches coverage from 12 noon.
1st Tee Experience Show live from 11:30 a.m.
Trophy Presentation: approximately 30 minutes after conclusion of play.

Also watch live streaming coverage on NBC Sports live.

Ryder Cup Interview on Newstalk 1340 WSOY

MORE RYDER CUP BUILDUP this morning with host Brian Byers on Newstalk 1340 WSOY. We chat about the 2016 Ryder Cup, golf's place in sports and culture, Arnold Palmer and more. LISTEN

Wednesday, September 28

2016 Ryder Cup: Hazeltine Drone Video and Radio and Podcast Previews

HERE IS A GRAB BAG of Ryder Cup stuff.

1. Above is a Hazeltine hole-by-hole video.

2. On Tuesday I talked about Arnold Palmer and the Ryder Cup with host Steven Bortstein on Fox Sports New Mexico (below).

3. I had the good fortune to be on the "That Golf Kid" podcast (below) on Saturday. Host Matthew Clark hails from Nova Scotia, where he played high school golf. He is looking ahead to college as a journalism major.

Tuesday, September 27

2016 Ryder Cup Odds: United States Is Heavy Favorite

2016 RYDER CUP ODDS courtesy of Bovada.

Odds to win the 2016 Ryder Cup
2016 Ryder Cup Odds
USA                 -190     (10/19)
Europe             +150     (3/2)

Margin of Victory Props
Overall Correct Points Score
USA to Win 14.5 - 13.5                          10/1
USA to Win 15 - 13                                9/1
USA to Win 15.5 - 12.5                          9/1
USA to Win 16 - 12                                10/1
USA to Win 16.5 - 11.5                          12/1
USA to Win 17 - 11                                14/1
USA to Win 17.5 - 10.5                          22/1
USA to Win 18 - 10                                20/1
USA to Win 18.5 - 9.5                            35/1
USA to Win 19 - 9                                  35/1
USA to Win 19.5 - 8.5                            66/1
USA to Win 20 - 8                                  50/1
USA to Win 20.5 - 7.5                            100/1
USA to Win 21 - 7                                  80/1
USA to Win 21.5 - 6.5                            175/1
USA to Win 22 - 6 or Better                    25/1
Tie 14 -14                                              10/1
Europe to Win 14.5 - 13.5                      10/1
Europe to Win 15 - 13                            11/1
Europe to Win 15 - 12.5                         18/1
Europe to Win 16 - 12                            20/1
Europe to Win 16.5 - 11.5                      28/1
Europe to Win 17 - 11                            33/1
Europe to Win 17.5 - 10.5                      55/1
Europe to Win 18 - 10                            50/1
Europe to Win 18.5 - 9.5                        100/1
Europe to Win 19 - 9                              80/1
Europe to Win 19.5 - 8.5                        160/1
Europe to Win 20 – 8                             200/1
Europe to Win 20.5 - 7.5                        300/1
Europe to Win 21 - 7                             275/1
Europe to Win 21.5 - 6.5                        400/1
Europe to Win 22 - 6 or Better                400/1

Margin of Victory
USA by 1-3 points                     11/4
USA by 4-6 points                     7/2
USA by 7+ points                      4/1
Europe by 1-3 points                 7/2
Europe by 4-6 points                 11/1
Europe by 7+ points                  14/1
Tie                                            11/1

Sports Illustrated Puts Arnold Palmer on Cover for 12th Time

By SI Communications

THIS WEEK'S NATIONAL COVER OF Sports Illustrated features the late Arnold Palmer, with the cover line, "KING OF KINGS." This marks the 12th time that the iconic professional golfer has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

[See all 12 of Arnold Palmer's SI covers here:]

SI senior writer Michael Bamberger writes an ode to "The King" and his legendary career, during which he won 62 times on the PGA Tour, 10 times on the senior tour and put the sport of golf on the map. Palmer passed away last Sunday at the age of 87.

Monday, September 26

Rory McIlroy Roars at East Lake

RORY MCILROY DEFEATED RYAN MOORE on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the 2016 Tour Championship. And it was dramatic. The Northern Irishman holed out his second shot on the par-4 16th hole for an eagle, climbing the leaderboard and crashing the playoff.

"It was incredible," McIlroy told Golf Channel's Steve Sands. "As I said at the start of the day, all I wanted to do was concentrate on winning the Tour Championship. I couldn't control what anyone else did. I just needed to come out here and play a really good round of golf. I somehow was able to tie it up in regulation."

Firing a final-round 64, McIlroy also won the 2016 FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

"I just wanted to go out here and play the way I've been playing," Rory added. "I've played really well this week and feel like my game is coming together at the right time. Two wins in the last three feels pretty nice."

Kevin Chappell, who tied McIlroy and Moore at 12-under par, was eliminated on the first playoff hole.

Meanwhile, the strong play of Ryan Moore at the Tour Championship and of late earned the Washington native a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Although U.S. Captain Davis Love III was looking at others, he couldn't pass up Moore, making him the final pick to round out the American squad.

"Ryan fits so well with what we have in place," Love said.

Sunday, September 25

Arnold Palmer Transcended the Game of Golf


Arnold Palmer, aka "The King."
"Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word," the United States Golf Association said in a statement. "He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport. Our stories of him not only fill the pages of golf’s history books and the walls of the museum, but also our own personal golf memories. The game is indeed better because of him, and in so many ways, will never be the same."

"Arnold transcended the game of golf," Jack Nicklaus said. "He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans—Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed.

"He was the king of our sport and always will be."

When I interviewed Arnold in 2010, I asked him about his stirring, come-from-behind victory at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills. He made up seven shots in the final round to claim his first and only national title. 

"Do you think you were a little bit more focused and a better player when you played from behind?" I asked.

"Let's just say I never ruled out the possibility of winning," Arnold said. "Until it was figuratively impossible, I always thought I had a shot."

That was always Arnold's style, and it took him a long way in golf and life and won him legions of fans.

Palmer won seven major championships: four Masters, one U.S. Open and two British Opens. He collected 62 PGA Tour titles and made seven Ryder Cup appearances. He also won five senior majors. "The King" is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2009).

Friday, September 23

Oops! ARMCHAIR GOLF Misquotes Ernest Shackleton

We had seen golf in all its splendors, heard the text that nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.
– (not said by) Sir Ernest Shackleton

Biographical note: 
Ernest Shackleton was an Irish explorer who, along with his crew, survived a famous ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic.

This misquote brought to you by The Armchair Golfer.
Getting it wrong for the love of the game.