The 2010 Ryder Cup TV schedule is going to be tough to keep up with on the West Coast. The first day of Ryder Cup coverage begins on Thursday night, starting at 11:30 p.m.. Due to the tournament taking place over in Europe, it is going to present some very unappealing tee times for golf fans back here on the West Coast. For the East Coast, those first tee times will be in the extreme early morning hours, with the start of coverage at 2:30 a.m. EST. This alone could lead to many viewers just opting for recap coverage on ESPN’s Sports Center throughout the weekend.
The 2010 Ryder Cup extends from Friday to Sunday in Europe (Newport, Wales, to be exact), and it will pit the best golfers of Team USA against the best that Team Europe has to offer. It is going to be a really exciting tournament, and it’s just too bad they couldn’t have provided better coverage for us back here in the States. This isn’t really the fault of the tournament, though, as this is the same problem that United States West Coast gold fans face with tournaments like the British Open as well. It’s just something you have to deal with by setting the DVR early or deciding to be extremely dedicated to the live coverage by taking Friday off work.
At least the weekend coverage can be stomached by dedicated West Coast viewers or East Coast viewers getting up early in the morning, with Saturday starting at 5 a.m. PST (8 a.m. EST) and Sunday beginning at 4 a.m. PST (7 a.m. EST) on NBC. Make sure to note that ESPN has the first day of coverage before it swings over to NBC for the rest of the weekend. Maybe if the Ryder Cup came along more often, we wouldn’t have to succumb to these late-night hours, but the United States is trying to win back-to-back Ryder Cups for the first time in a quite a long time.
Team USA looks pretty good right now, anchored by Phil Mickelson, and possibly having a secret weapon in Tiger Woods if he can prove that he is back to playing at full strength. The pairings have also already been announced, and they consist of Mickelson and Dustin Johnson up against Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer of Team Europe, Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods vs. Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher, and finally Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton vs. Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington on Friday. The exciting matches are just about ready to roll.
The 2010 Ryder Cup TV Schedule
*Friday (Oct. 1) — Midnight to 10 a.m. PST — ESPN
*Saturday (Oct. 2) — 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST — NBC
*Sunday (Oct. 3) — 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST — NBC