The Americans are aiming to win their second straight Ryder Cup

The US is focused on a youth movement, while the European side is bringing tremendous experience into Whistling Straits Without familiar faces like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson teeing it up for the Americans, the onus will be on the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and others to combat Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and an exceptionally strong visiting team

This one is going to be a barn-burner, and our CBS Sports experts have offered their picks and predictions for the Ryder Cup

If this Ryder Cup is anything like the last one held in the United States at Hazeltine in 2016, we’re in for a treat Ryder Cup crowds are notoriously rowdy, and with this being in cheesehead country, expect more of the same this year Here’s a look at the schedule of events so you can watch all the action All times Eastern
2021 Ryder Cup TV schedule
Day 1 — Friday, Sept 24

Session 1 (fourballs): 8 am — Ryder Cup pairings
Session 2 (foursomes): 1:45 pm

Live TV coverage: 8 am to 7 pm on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 8 am to 7 pm on fuboTV (Try for free) and RyderCupcom
Day 2 — Saturday, Sept 25

Session 1 (fourballs) starts: 8 am
Session 2 (foursomes) starts: 1:45 pm

Early TV coverage: 8-9 am on Golf Channel

Live TV coverage: 9 am to 7 pm on NBC
Live stream online: 9 am to 7 pm on fuboTV (Try for free) and RyderCupcom
Day 3 — Sunday, Sept 26

Singles: 12 pm

Live TV coverage: 12-6 pm on NBC
Live stream online: 6 am – 1 pm on fuboTV (Try for free) and RyderCupcom

Trophy presentation / closing ceremony: Live on RyderCup

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Golf is perhaps the most bizarre and least normal of all the major sports That idea has become a bit of a trope on Twitter of late, and the full breadth of its absurdity — from Billy Horschel rolling his pants up and wading into a creek to a real sandcastle built next to the 18th tee box of the final event of the PGA Tour regular season — has been explored and exposed in the name of humor

So in the upside-down world of golf, it somehow actually makes complete and total sense that an exhibition event played in golf’s semi-offseason that has no real ties to any of its major leagues or biggest individual tournaments would become the preeminent week of the sport every other year

A totally normal sport

“I think that the Ryder Cup epitomizes everything that’s great in the game of golf,” said Rory McIlroy, who has played in five of these “It’s competitive, but there’s also a lot of sportsmanship shown And obviously there’s partisan crowds and all of that, but that’s part of being in a team environment … Yeah, Ryder Cup is one of the best events that we have in golf, if not the best event we have in golf, and just excited to be a part of another one”

The best event we have in golf

He’s not wrong, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why he’s right

Perhaps it’s because, for so many weeks and months of the year, this game is played by individuals nearly in silos, but for this week — for better and (often) for worse — we get to see what it looks like to try and weld all those individuals together into a more singular force That these superstars sometimes seem to have nothing more in common than the same number of stars on their uniforms is a feature of what makes the entire spectacle so good, not a bug

Maybe it’s because this has turned into a biennial flex of whose nationalism is superior among golf fans I’d like to think that’s not the case, but based on some of the shrapnel I’ve heard between the ropes at this competition, this is certainly a possibility Perhaps it’s not even as nefarious as that but simply viewed by fans as a schoolyard rumble where captains choose up sides, and we all get to pick the squad we want to back to the end

Or perhaps it’s that there’s no other professional event in which no money is awarded and no points are doled out There’s just an opponent

The Ryder Cup is not pure, but golf at the Ryder Cup is close to it, and there’s something compelling about how primitive it feels from beginning to end The second nine of a major championship for 72 straight hours You don’t need a Whoop strap to tell that story

How rarely do we get this many high-level golfers playing in late major championship-like pressure for three straight days? Never It never happens

Statistically, I’m not even sure it can happen So when we do have the opportunity, it’s an absolute fever dream We got a foretaste of this at the US Open at Torrey Pines this year A traffic jam of Lamborghinis trying to maneuver their way into a free lane It felt hallucinogenic and even that only lasted a couple of hours

Perhaps it’s because this is the one event in golf that is built quite literally and specifically with fans in mind

Golf, normal sport that it is, does little to embrace fervor, noise and general histrionics Then every two years, a stadium the size of the Coliseum is erected around the first tee at a course in Europe or the United States, and those in attendance are given a green light to enjoy the festivities however they see fit Because of this, players are enticed to give them a show, which means that you get the best of both worlds Twenty-four players playing the highest level of pickup ball but with the entire neighborhood gathered around

Maybe it’s that players are rarely put into the emotional corners they are in this week It’s often either one of the great weeks of their lives, or like Danny Willett said in 2016 at Hazeltine, “really shit”

Certainly there are some things in a Ryder Cup week that are manufactured, but that’s all window dressing for the distillation of terror and joy that are experienced in ways that are nearly foreign in modern sports All of it, somewhat ironically, with nothing on the line but what your peers believe about you As it turns out, that’s a far more meaningful consequence than the degree to which your home’s trophy nook is stocked, if it is at all

Maybe it’s the drama that comes out of the team room both during this week and after it is over When that much ego is jammed together, even into spacious banquet halls big enough for astronaut mannequins, the result is often an explosion Whether it’s one of elation or anger depends on what happens on Sunday afternoon It’s like a science experiment where you’re forced to use every chemical in the lab

I’ve also considered the nearly-perfect setup of how this event is scored Even when it’s a blowout — as it’s often been lately — it always feels like it can turn back in an instant This is broadly emblematic of golf itself, a sport that has all of us convinced we’re simply one shot away from our target goal From breaking 100 to graduating the Korn Ferry Tour, everybody who has touched a club has thought, “If I just hit this one tight …”

Consider the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris The US was getting torched going into the Sunday singles matches Torched It had won the first three matches of the event, then lost the next eight and trailed 10-6 going to Day 3 However, at one point during that third day, Europe did not lead a single match of the first six that were out on the course It started to become easy to think that the status quo could hold and the mighty tide on the US side would come roaring home as payback for Medinah in 2012 Europe ended up winning 175-105, but for more than two-and-a-half days of a three-day event, truly anything could have happened

That’s a sports drug

Golf was not created to be as individualistic as it is in the modern day It was meant to be played in community with and against one another We have twisted it and made it into something it wasn’t intended to be, where singular athletes are total empires

This week moves us away from that

It’s a good reminder — on the course where teams congregate and off of it where fans gather — that life is better together That’s particularly poignant following an 18-month run in which community was all but lost You can add that particular quality to this specific Ryder Cup, too

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