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Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy will get a look at the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Are you ready for some football? Three of golf's biggest names obviously are.
Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are set to attend the Denver Broncos' game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night after the conclusion of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills. The Broncos said this week that they'll have passes waiting for the trio. 
Mickelson, of course, is a huge football fan – and sports fan in general – but also a die-hard San Diego Chargers fan. Seeing as the Chargers and Broncos are division rivals, I don't think Mickelson will be cheering too hard for the home team.
Watson is a fan of the New Orleans Saints, and even attended their training camp at the Greenbrier Resort, where he also has a home, a few weeks ago. 
McIlroy, however, might be ripe for conversion into a Broncos fan, as he hasn't yet revealed his support for any NFL team. His favorite sports teams are Manchester United – remember, he got booed for reiterating his allegiance to the Red Devils during his victory speech at Royal Liverpool in July – and the Ulster rugby team in his native Northern Ireland.
There is no cut in the BMW Championship, where only the top 70 in the FedExCup standings will be playing, so all three stars are guaranteed to still be around on Sunday. The tournament is set to end at 6:00 p.m. ET, giving everyone enough time to make the 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Heck, I'll be surprised if several more PGA Tour stars don't find their way over to Mile High as well.
2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team uniforms
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Ralph Lauren designed the three uniforms the U.S. Ryder Cup Team will wear at Gleneagles.



What will the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team be wearing during each day of the three-day competition at Gleneagles later this month? Here's a handy guide to help you.

All of the uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren, the official partner and outfitter for the PGA of America.

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Morning foursome and afternoon four-ball matches will kick off the event on Friday, Sept. 26, and Team USA will be wearing white polos with blue pinstriped pants.

Friday's uniform

Saturday, Sept. 27, promises another full day of morning foursome and afternoon four-ball matches, and the U.S. squad will be outfitted in blue polos with green and blue plaid patterned pants.

Saturday's uniform

The final day of the competition, Sunday, Sept. 28, features 12 singles matches. And the U.S. Team will be wearing its most patriotic uniform -- red, white and blue striped polo with bright red trousers.

Sunday's uniform

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Geoff Ogilvy
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Geoff Ogilvy is playing his best golf of the season at just the right time.

The PGA Tour is at Cherry Hills Country Club just outside Denver this week for the BMW Championship -- the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup.

Cherry Hills is a special place, having hosted five major championships, including the epic 1960 U.S. Open, where Arnold Palmer erased a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to win his only U.S. Open title.

There should be a litte less pressure for a lot of U.S. and European players now that both Ryder Cup teams have been finalized. Now the focus is on finishing in the top 30 of the FedExCup standings at week's end to lock up a spot in the Tour Championship.

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Here are five players you'll want to keep an eye on.

5. Geoff Ogilvy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Barracuda Championship
Reason to watch: Up until the beginning of August, it had been a rough couple of years on the golf course for the 2006 U.S. Open winner. His luck changed at the Barracuda Championship, where Ogilvy bagged his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 SBS Championship. The win helped Ogilvy get into the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. He missed the cut at the Barclays and then entered the Deutsche Bank Championship at No. 100 in the standings -- the final spot. Ogilvy made the most of his opportunity, finishing in a tie for second at TPC Boston to catapult 76 spots up the FedExCup standings to No. 24. So, after barely making it into the Deutsche Bank Championship, Ogilvy is in a position this week to earn a spot in the Tour Championship. That's quite a turnaround.

4. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T2 at the U.S. Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Fowler has done everything but win this season. Did you know that his T23 at last week's Deutsche Bank Championship was actually Fowler's worst finish on the PGA Tour in his last seven starts dating back to the beginning of June? That's some spectacular golf. It's only a matter of time before he finally pulls through. Why not this week?

3. Sergio Garcia
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Reason to watch: In 14 starts this season, Garcia has finished in the top 10 eight times. Five of those resulted in top-3 finishes. He's been knocking on the door a lot this season -- it's time to kick it in. He should be refreshed after taking last week off. He had a stretch of three consecutive tournaments -- the Travelers, Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- where he finished no worse than a tie for second. Garcia is typically at his best when it comes time for the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup is right around the corner.

2. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship
Reason to watch: You know it's been a pretty good season when two consecutive "down" weeks result in a T22 at the Barclays and a T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. That's just how good McIlroy has been. Last week at TPC Boston, he noted that fatigue had set in a bit. That might not bode well for him this week, seeing as he's had one less day to prepare with the Monday-finish at TPC Boston. Then again, he is Rory McIlroy. From what we've seen lately, the sky is the limit.

1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Reason to watch: Despite fighting injuries, it's been a remarkable season for Day. His last three starts look like this: T15 at the PGA Championship, T2 at the Barclays and T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. I'm riding the hot hand in Colorado. 

Team USA Captain's Picks
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Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan pose for a selfie after Tuesday night's captain's picks announcement.

The immediacy of social media, particularly when it comes to some of golf's biggest stars, was never more evident than on Tuesday, when both Ryder Cup squads put the finishing touches on the teams that will face off at Gleneagles later this month.

While U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was announcing his three captain's picks, Keegan Bradley was busy getting himself, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson together for a quick selfie:

It didn't take long for many of their teammates -- and some of the players who missed making the team -- to chime in on Twitter:






A similar situation was unfolding earlier in the day after Team Europe's 12-player squad was finalized, from both those who made the team and those who didn't:





Imagine 80 years ago, when the British Ryder Cup team arrived for the first match by steamship! Technology has certainly changed the way we travel and communicate.

New Balance NBG574B golf shoes
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The New Balance 574B spikeless golf shoe features a no-sew mesh upper and Ndurance rubber outsole for maximum durability in high-wear areas.
Only months after the introduction of its 574 cleated golf shoe, New Balance is rolling out its men's 574B spikeless companion. The new 574B spikeless models is built on the same New Balance platform as in the 574 cleated shoe, and is designed for golfers seeking a modern classic style with a spikeless outsole.   
The new 574B features a mesh upper with no-sew Fantom Fit technology – a skeletally engineered upper created by fusing two extremely thin materials – for ultralight support and fit, and New Balance's Ndurance rubber outsole for maximum durability in high-wear areas. It also boasts a lightweight foam REVLite midsole for lightweight cushioning and premium responsiveness. 
"The 574 golf shoe has been one of our top selling shoes in the current line," said Bruce Schilling, the general manager of golf and tennis for New Balance. "This model has tremendous appeal to the younger golfer who is already wearing our classic suede 574, and the mesh upper and spikeless outsole of the 574B will increase the appeal of the shoe to even more players."     
The NBG 574B shoes come in white, grey/yellow and navy/orange color choices – the white and grey/yellow models will be available in November, while the navy/orange edition will be out next February. They carry a suggested retail price of $89.95
PGA of America
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In honor of the 2014 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America's Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua, President Ted Bishop, Vice President Derek Sprague and Secretary Paul Levy will ring the opening bell Wednesday morning at the NASDAQ .

In celebration of the 40th Ryder Cup, four PGA of America officers will ring the opening bell Wednesday morning at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York.

PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua, President Ted Bishop, Vice President Derek Sprague and Secretary Paul Levy are scheduled to participate.

PGA of America's officers are in New York, along with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, to announce the captain's picks for this year's event, to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28. The announcement will be carried live on and www., beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

According to the NASDAQ press release, "The Ryder Cup is one of the world's most popular sporting events and the pre-eminent international team event in golf. This year, the event will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28, as America's best professional golfers take on Europe's premier players and attempt to reclaim the famed Ryder Cup from the strong European team."

Opening and closing bell ceremonies at the NASDAQ are carefully scripted down to the exact minute and "choreographed by a professional event planner," according to the NASDAQ site. It's not only broadcast live by most of the major cable financial networks, but also available as a streaming feed from the NASDAQ website.