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GOLF mad supporters only have a few days to wait as the 2021 Ryder Cup is just a fairway away – with both teams set to enjoy some practice rounds on the course.
The coronavirus pandemic delayed the world-famous tournament by a year but golf’s very own grudge match USA vs Europe is back THIS WEEKEND.
Whistling Straits is ready and waiting to host the Ryder Cup this weekend with an impressive grandstand around the first teeCredit: PA
The world’s best players will convene to participate as Europe look to retain the title they won back in 2018.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of its highly aniticpated return.
What date does the Ryder Cup 2021 start?
- The delayed Ryder Cup will be played THIS weekend, starting on Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26.
- It was originally supposed to be played between September 25 to 27 in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic halted those plans.
- This year’s Ryder Cup will be the first played since September 2018, when Europe beat USA.
What TV channel is the Ryder Cup on and can I live stream it in the UK?
- Sky Sports will have a dedicated Ryder Cup channel for the whole week of the competition.
- The broadcast will begin on Monday, September 20 and run throughout the entire week.
- You can live stream the Ryder Cup on Now TV, which costs £33.99 a month.
- Live coverage of the play will begin at 12.45pm on Sky Sports Ryder Cup every day in the UK and Ireland.
- The afternoon fourballs are scheduled to begin every day at 6.10pm UK time on Friday and Saturday.
- On Sunday the first singles match will get underway at 5.05pm.
How can I watch the Ryder Cup in the US?
- NBC have exclusive broadcast rights to the Ryder Cup.
- Coverage begins at 5pm ET for the opening ceremony on Thursday, September 23 on NBC Golf.
- Then the live action begins at 8am eastern on Friday and Saturday on the same channel.
- Then NBC will air the Ryder Cup from 9am ET Saturday on their main channel, with coverage also on the same location from Noon Sunday.
Where is the 2021 Ryder Cup taking place?
- The 2021 Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin in the U.S.
- Whistling Straits hasn’t hosted a major tournament since the 2015 PGA Championship.
- The 2018 Ryder Cup was hosted at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, Paris.
Rory McIlroy has already qualified for EuropeCredit: EPA
Who is playing in the Ryder Cup for USA and Europe?
There is NO Tiger Woods no Phil Mickelson for captain Steve Stricker’s Team USA.
Meanwhile skipper Padrig Harrington has drafted in some in-form debutants for Europe, while Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose are the big names to miss out.
Team USA confirmed players
- Collin Morikawa*
- Dustin Johnson
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Brooks Koepka
- Justin Thomas
- Xander Schaufelle*
- Patrick Cantlay*
- Jordan Spieth
- Tony Finau
- Harris English*
- Scottie Scheffler*
- Daniel Berger*
Team Europe confirmed players
- Jon Rahm
- Rory McIlroy
- Tyrrell Hatton
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Viktor Hovland*
- Matt Fitzpatrick
- Lee Westwood
- Paul Casey
- Shane Lowry*
- Sergio Garcia
- Ian Poulter
- Bernd Weisberger*