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RYDER CUP ROUND-UP: GOLF'S BIENNIAL EVENT TEES OFF TOMORROW
Published September 21, 1995
The Ryder Cup, the U.S. vs. Europe match play tournament held every two years, will be carried on USA Network on Friday (with 10 hours beginning at 8am EDT) and NBC on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's NBC coverage will be wrapped around Notre Dame football, while Sunday will start at 9am and end at 3:30pm, to be followed by the NFL. NBC Exec Producer Tommy Roy, on the different pace from regular tour events: "You're not bouncing around from shot to shot as you would a stroke-play tournament. You stay with a group or match. You slow it down for the viewer and set up stories and situations" (GOLFWEEK, 9/16-22 issue). SPONSORS: Ping is the sole equipment sponsor, with 18 spots on USA coverage and six a day on NBC. Titleist and Foot-Joy are also counting on the Ryder Cup for a fourth-quarter boost, as they are the official ball, glove and shoe sponsors (Jayne Hynes, GOLFWEEK, 9/16-22 issue). CYBER CUP: NBC Sports is providing online coverage of the Ryder Cup from its NBC SuperNet Sports area on The Microsoft Network and from NBC's Web Site ("NBC HTTV"). In addition to stats, player bios, course layouts, and continual score updates, accessers will be able to "Ask the Announcers" questions via e- mail. The site be rached at http://www.NBC.com or http://www.GOLF.com (NBC Sports). OTHER PRE-MATCH NOTES: Collin Montgomerie, who is "emerging as the leader" of the European team, believes a loss could damage the European Tour. Montgomerie: "There's been so much build-up and, if we lose, everything will go flat again" (NEWSDAY, 9/18)....USA Network analyst Peter Kostis: "This is the only event in golf that you can compare to the Olympics. ... This is pure golf. The players don't get any money and they're not allowed to wear any product logos. It's a hugely different environment" (USA Network)....NEWSWEEK's Mark Starr, on Ryder Cup mania: "Evidently, there are now enough of us to justify the kind of coverage that the networks have trouble extending to political conventions" (NEWSWEEK, 9/25 issue).