NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM announced today that it will be the exclusive national radio broadcaster of the 2016 Ryder Cup, golf's anticipated biennial tournament and one of the most exciting events in sports, which will be competed September 30 through October 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
SiriusXM will offer its subscribers more than 70 hours of on-site broadcasts throughout Ryder Cup Week, including 30 hours of live play-by-play as the players compete on the course. SiriusXM's play-by-play coverage begins at 8:00 am ET on Friday and Saturday and 12:00 pm ET on Sunday and will extend from the time the first players tee off through the final hole of each day's play, giving fans live access through the entirety of the event. The broadcasts can be heard nationwide on satellite radios (Sirius channel 208, XM channel 92), on the SiriusXM app and at SiriusXM.com.
Earl Forcey will be the lead host on the broadcast alongside analyst Mark Carnevale. Fred Albers, Maureen Madill, John Maginnes and Dennis Paulson will serve as roving commentators, calling the action as it happens on the course.
The Ryder Cup, conducted by the PGA of America, showcases teams of 12 of the best players from the United States and Europe facing off in match play. The event features foursome and four-ball matches on Friday and Saturday, and culminates with an exciting series of 12 head-to-head singles matches on Sunday. The American team, which dominated the first 50 years of Ryder Cup play, is endeavoring to turn a tide of recent victories by the Europeans, who come to the U.S. having won three straight Ryder Cups, and 10 of the last 15 competitions.
Ryder Cup USA will be led by captain Davis Love III, who has competed on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, including the victorious squads in 1993 and 1999, along with vice-captains Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods. Representing the United States on the course will be reigning U.S. Open Champion Dustin Johnson, World #4-ranked player Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Brant Snedeker, and a final captain's selection to be made by Love on September 25.
This year's European team is captained by Darren Clarke and headlined by the world's #3 ranked player, Rory McIlroy, 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, Masters Champion Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood and Chris Wood.
In the days leading up to the competition, SiriusXM will offer daily golf talk and analysis, highlighted by shows hosted by several former Ryder Cup competitors.
- World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin will host a new edition of his show, The Follow Through, September 28 at 1:00 pm ET. Irwin competed for the U.S. on five victorious Ryder Cup teams, ('75, '77, '79, '81 and '91) and holds an impressive individual record of 13 wins, five losses and two halves.
- Dave Stockton, who captained the victorious U.S. team at the 1991 Ryder Cup and played on two more winning Ryder Cup teams ('71 and '77), will host his show, Own Your Game, on September 27 at 1:00 pm ET.
- Immediately after Stockton, a new episode of Golf According to Calc will air at 2:00 pm ET, with host Mark Calcavecchia recounting his experiences playing in four Ryder Cup events ('87, '89, '91 and '02).
- Larry Mize, who competed for the U.S. in the 1987 Ryder Cup, will host his show on September 28 at 2:00 pm ET.
"The Ryder Cup is a tremendously exciting and unique sporting event and captures the attention not just of golf fans, but all sports fans," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer. "SiriusXM will cover everything, from the first tee shot through the final putt, and our hosts bring an exceptional perspective to the airwaves with their experience competing in the Ryder Cup. We will bring those fans closer to the event and make them feel like they are experiencing it from inside the ropes."
Before and after each day's play, listeners will hear pre- and post-match shows hosted by SiriusXM's Taylor Zarzour, Luke Elvy, David Armitage, Mark Lye and Carl Paulson.
SiriusXM will also present multiple rebroadcasts of the recent SiriusXM Town Hall show with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, hosted by Bob Ford and Zarzour, which took place at the SiriusXM studios in August.
That week's schedule will also feature shows hosted by Lou Holtz, Hank Haney, Jim McLean, Larry Rinker, Golf Channel's Michael Breed, John Feinstein, Matt Adams, Mark Carnevale, Brian Katrek, John Maginnes, Dennis Paulson, Debbie Doniger, Frank Darby, Brian Crowell, Conrad Ray, Brian Bateman, Fred Albers, Ben Shear, Stephen Gibson, Martin Davis and Bruce Murray.
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