New Ryder Cup TV deal a huge win for fans

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In September, for the first time in history, a European-based Ryder Cup will be televised in its entirety in the United States.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.

Great news today for fans of the Ryder Cup who live in the United States: The PGA of America and the NBC Sports Group announced that both NBC and Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup in its entirety.

The biennial matches will be played Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

"It is exciting to expand our partnership with the PGA of America through NBC Sports Group's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports," said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus. "Today's announcement of providing complete coverage with the great addition of Golf Channel's exclusive Friday coverage, bolsters our ability to bring this spectacular event to an ever-growing audience. We value and look to continue to grow our PGA of America partnership."

FULL PRESS RELEASE: NBC Sports, PGA of America announce historic Ryder Cup TV deal

"For the first time when played on European soil, fans in the United States will be treated to watching the Ryder Cup live in its entirety, and we're thrilled that NBC Sports Group will deliver the drama and passion of this unparalleled event, as it unfolds," said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. "Beginning with Golf Channel, the daily television voice of the golf community, and continuing through the weekend on NBC, audiences will be able to experience all of the breathtaking moments that define the Ryder Cup. By showcasing one of sport’s most exciting events live, on a global stage, the PGA of America is furthering our commitment to growing the game through our partnership with NBC Sports."

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This announcement marks the first time that a European-based Ryder Cup will be televised live in its entirety in the U.S.

Sure, you're going to have to roll out of bed extra early -- or stay up extra late -- but what's better than late-night/early-morning golf for the avid fan?

Day One of the matches will be televised on Golf Channel from 2:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT. Day Two will be on NBC from 3 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT, while the final day will also be on NBC from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT.

The Ryder Cup is one of the most exciting events in the world and highlights don't do it justice. This announcement is a huge win for fans in the U.S. who will be able to see the action in real time.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.