The 2018 Ryder Cup will feature more live TV coverage over three days than PGA Championship offered for four
For golf fans still aggrieved at the coverage, or lack thereof, during the PGA Championship, take solace that your plight will not be repeated in Paris.
NBC Sports announced on Wednesday a robust schedule for the 2018 Ryder Cup, one that will include 11 hours of live television coverage the first two days and seven hours during Sunday's singles matches.
“The Ryder Cup brings a distinct electricity to golf,” said Mike McCarley, president of golf for NBC Sports Group. “The pivotal moments and unpredictable shifts in momentum at the Ryder Cup are synonymous with what fans love about team sports. NBC Sports’ comprehensive approach will capture the unique theater from the raucous 1st tee early Friday morning through the winning team’s celebration on Sunday.”
The network will air over 220 hours of total Ryder Cup coverage, a package highlighted by captain's picks from Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn, a documentary on European stars Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam, a three-part primer titled "Road to the Ryder Cup" and three "Golf's Greatest Rounds" showcases of past Ryder Cups.
The European club's automatic selections will be decided this week, with Bjorn making his final selections shortly after. Furyk will announce three of his choices next week, with his final slot filled after the BMW Championship.
This year's Ryder Cup begins on September 28 at Le Golf National. The Americans are defending champs, the have not won on foreign soil since 1993.