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5 live at the Ryder Cup

Monday 24 September 2012, 11:49

Graham McMillan Graham McMillan

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Our commentary team will be scurrying around the grounds grabbing a few minutes with Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and the rest while our engineering team will be making sure we can commentate from all corners of the course come Friday. That's the second major part of work in the first few days.

It is a major technical challenge to be able to broadcast from all parts of a golf course on the other side of the Atlantic but I'm confident all will be fine. After all, we're due some luck; the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland was hit by the after effects of Hurricane Gordon, while it was the turn of Hurricane Ike to disrupt the build up to Valhalla in 2008, and biblical rain was the problem in Wales last time around.

However I've looked at the forecast. A lot. As far as I can tell - not being a trained meteorologist - I can't see Hurricane Bubba or any of his friends heading in the direction of the "Windy City" just yet.

Bernard Gallacher

On Friday the action finally starts and you'll get shot by shot coverage on 5 live. John Inverdale will present the coverage alongside Iain Carter, Andrew Cotter, John Murray, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Conor McNamara. I'm delighted we'll once again be joined by a man steeped in Ryder Cup history, Bernard Gallacher, plus Andrew Coltart, who went toe to toe with Tiger Woods in the infamous Brookline event.

We're also very pleased to welcome multiple European Tour winner Simon Dyson to our team for the first time, plus our regular US voice for the Ryder Cup, PGA tour player Andrew Magee. Also joining us is former women's British Open Champion Karen Stupples, who played for Europe in their victorious Solheim Cup side last year.

Karen Stupples

I hope you enjoy the commentary. Long before I produced it I was sitting listening on dark autumnal evenings, captivated by the drama of a sporting event from a far-away land; I'll always remember Alan Green using Seve Ballesteros as his analyst as the 1995 Ryder Cup reached its climax.

I recollect a fantastic former commentator called George Bailey who not only implored "come on Bernard" as Langer stood over the crucial putt in 1997, he then added "we've done it!" for good measure when the match was won. I can hear Ron Jones describing the American's "tumbling onto the green" when Justin Leonard holed that ridiculous putt at Brookline, and the excitement and enthusiasm of Tony Adamson as Paul McGinley won the Ryder cup back for Europe at the Belfry in 2002.

The Ryder Cup will always produce these moments. We've had just as many in the last four events which I've had the privilege of being involved in. I wonder what the defining moment of this week will be? Whatever it is, I hope you get the chance to listen to it on 5 live.

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    Comment number 1.

    Frankly can't wait.

    A golden summer of Invers.

    Please refrain from so much focus on Rory and place it equally over all the Europe team. You might have overlooked the success of Luke and Justin yesterday because on the sports news on 5 Live all of it was about Rory failing to win his $10 million bounty.

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    Comment number 2.

    Good news on 2 fronts that Inverdale's presenting the coverage.

    Firstly, he always makes any sporting coverage better and secondly it means there is no Chris Evans. I was fearing that he was going to appear for another major golf event and ruin the coverage with his constant irrelevant chat.
    Inverdale is excellent at letting the sport speak for itself.

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    Comment number 3.

    Can't wait for this, second only to the olympics this year for me. The coverage is always Five Live at its finest and I agree Invers presenting is one of the best parts of the coverage.

    I'm only slightly dissapointed that there is no Maureen Madill this year (the Ryder Cup has been event she continued to commentate on for Five Live since moving to BBCTV) or Paul Eales or Andrew Murray.

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    Comment number 4.

    Thankfully Evans wouldn't be welcome having broken the cardinal (golfing) sin of 'exaggerating' his handicap in a pro-am match (again)!

    On the engineers "making sure we can commentate from all corners of the corse..." I doubt that very much, when it is impossible to not drop links, calls etc. from up the road. During the M.P.A. authority press conference into the shooting of the two police officers last week we heard a taxi driver telling us he'd dropped his passenger off.

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    Comment number 5.

    Why not rechristen the station Radio 5 Golf, or Radio 5 Rory. Never before have I seen such slavish devotion to such a useless, miserable, irrelevant, minority passtime as golf from a major broadcaster. Already we've been subjected to two "previews" of the Ryder Cup, and then we get the awful reality of this wretched competition from Friday. "All the action", which is code for non-stop boredom of what amounts to a rich man's passtime, but with the added stupidity of "matchplay". Pointless. And then there's the cult of "Rory", some Irish golfer who got lucky a couple of times, now suddenly the poster boy for the world's most boring sport. When will you at Five (Live!!!) get into your heads that not everybody likes golf, or is interested in the exciting adventures of some Irish golfer.

    Give it a rest for god's sake.

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    Comment number 6.

    Never before have i read such tosh as post 5, Radio5 live is not the Rebelbrum station,if you dont like it fair enough, but there are plenty of people who do, stop being so selfish, 5live does not revolve around you!

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    Comment number 7.

    Fedster, I never said it was. But golf, really? And the cult of MacIlroy is getting embarrasing. And you must admit, Radio 5 has been rather slavish in its coverage of the exciting adventures of some Irish golfer, to the extent he is instantly recognisable by the use of his given name. Radio 5 Live is not a golfing station, no matter how much they try to push the passtime.

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    Comment number 8.

    Rebelbrum, I don't think you can ever have witnessed who plays golf on public courses! And the massive number of fans who play. If it is possible you are from Brum, as your name may suggest, you must know that the City has more public courses than anywhere else in the UK. However I agree about Rory, and I am already sick of Rory worship by 5 Live.

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    Comment number 9.

    This weekend will be refreshing for a sport other than football (durring the football season) dominating the airways. I and many other people will enjoy this. Well said Fedster!

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    Comment number 10.

    Heavans! Fedster's woken up.

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    Comment number 11.

    @David Shield I can understand people's frustration with the amount of football coverage during the season, but to say golf will represent a "refreshing" change is pushing credulity quite frankly. If the BBC are keen to widen their range of sport coverage, why not devote more time to so-called minority sports? More women's sports? Not an overinflated passtime followed by a load of overinflated pundits, speaking in their deferential, hushed voices whenever another millionaire lines up his stroke. What is so annoying is hearing every Five (Live!!!) presenter exchanging anecdotes and basking in their shared excitement for yet another golf tournament. And there's a general tip for all Five (Live!!!) presenters: less matey banter, more intelligent analysis. Please...

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    Comment number 12.

    Re message 11:
    It's not like the golf has blanket coverage on Five Live.
    The only full daytime coverage is for 4 days a year for the Open and 3 days every 2 years for the Ryder Cup. The remainder is on in late evening/early morning for US events.
    There's probably more airtime taken up discussing Strictly/X Factor/Britain's Got Talent during the year; something I have no interest in so I switch off.

    I'm no massive golf fan or even player, but the FiveLive's golf coverage is intelligent and not too 'matey' That's why I'm happy there's no Chris Evans to ruin it.

    I'm not sure how you are such an expert on the problems of the BBC's golf coverage if you dislike the sport so much!

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    Comment number 13.

    Nice to see you to Stumps!

    As for Rebelbrum, you are digging yourself into hole,do you have similar views about other things you dislike on 5live?

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    Comment number 14.

    #11 I would love to see more coverage of so-called minority sports and and women's sports but the Ryder Cup is for me and I know plenty others one of the sporting highlights of the year. There is a great article in the Radio Times by Lawrence Donegan about the radio coverage of the sport is much more exciting than on television.

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    Comment number 15.

    @3

    It is a shame Maureen's name does not appear, I noticed that too. Maybe she is sticking to golf tournaments in Europe/UK.

    I don't think my health would cope with the kind of atmosphere that is being generated by such words as "beat their brains in" no matter how old the quote is, and all that noise from the crowds. I know we do it here too, but there is definitely an extreme version in the US! I love watching Johnson and Watson, I am just hoping the golf lives up to it all. Tiger I can't abide.

    Can't wait.

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    Comment number 16.

    I really did enjoy all coverage of the Ryder Cup when it became a tournament billed as US v Europe and was usually staged at the Belfrey.Nowadays I just find it a complete over hyped circus and taken far too seriously .All the hostility that surrounds it now and comments some made by some who should no better : is just becoming way out of hand.

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    Comment number 17.

    Ah Binkie, turn the sound down on your tv and just watch it. Sorry if you don't have Sky though.

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    Comment number 18.

    Interesting story today in Charlie Sale's Sports Agenda column saying that Clare Balding was planned to present this Ryder Cup but is too bust with her book tour so they went back to John Inverdale.

    The article points out that Mark Pougatch might be dissapointed at not getting the gig. Interesting because whilst I would always have wanted John Inverdale as the presenter its a shame that Mark Pougatch isn't used as a commentator as he always used to be. Not sure why that is? He missed the Open one year for the Ashes and has never returned.

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    Comment number 19.

    David, with all due respect, i would not take what Charlie Sale says seriously, yes he sometimes gets the odd story right but usually its a case of putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5.

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    Comment number 20.

    Well I'm afraid I won't be listening to Radio 5 Golf over the weekend; the assembled millionaires and the cheerleaders (commentators?) provide more excitement than my little heart can stand...

    Oh, and before anyone else asks: "how's Rory doing?"

 

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