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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 21.

    Or worse still Rebelbrum:" How's Tiger doing?" Worship at the altar of something not very nice at all.

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    Comment number 22.

    I'm disappointed that all other programming has been dropped to make way for the Golf on 5 Live. Why can't they make use of Sports Extra to have the golf on and Nolan etc on as normal. The only thing more boring than golf to me is golf on the radio! I will be back as a listener on Monday, maybe Tuesday, as it is likely to be all golf on Monday as well!

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    Comment number 23.

    "Why can't they make use of Sports Extra to have the golf on" NickyBoy...

    Because millions of people do like golf and would like to listen to it on the radio.
    As far as I'm concerned the less of Nolan and his monotonous 'life stories' the better. I had to turn off last week when he interviewed Denise Welch for no apparent reason.
    However it's this diversity of many different things that makes Five Live the station it is. It can't possible keep everybody happy all the time, so I don't understand why you think it should be catering to just your tastes.

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    Comment number 24.

    Must admit that golf is pretty boring and I used to play the game.I gave it up because the people I came into contact with on the golf course were totally boring.Kept going on and on about their handicap and how they had had an attack of the yips , to which I would reply that ' yes the yips are very painful ' but they didn't get the joke because they were absolutely humourless.Does golf work on the radio ? Anyhow the hype surrounding the ' Rory ' chappie is becoming unbearable.

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    Comment number 25.

    .......btw Aasmah Mir is leaving 5live. Even she's had enough.I wonder which presenter with the most contacts will replace her ? VD the next one to go ?

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    Comment number 26.

    Very sad news about Aasmah leaving Five Live.

    #19 Fedster I think he has a very good track record and I've heard other journalists I respect saying he is well informed but I do take your point, maybe she was due to be commentating?

    Which makes me wonder whether when she starts at C4 will she still appear on Five Live at all? Obviously not at the Cheltenham Festival but she might be able to still work at Wimbledon and the Open at least on weekdays, I hope she does.

    Great opening to the coverage on Five Live today with the players reading out some of the inconic commentary clips.

    BTW little tip if you are listening online listen via Rydercup.com and you get Russell Fuller commentating when Five Live does news, travel etc.

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    Comment number 27.

    Bitterly disappointed with the abysmal quality of today's Ryder Cup coverage. Wouldn't the "official providers" have made sound checks in the days of build-up to today's opener?

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    Comment number 28.

    Where's the news? Why is golf on 5 live? Why isn't it on 5 live sports extra or wherever? I cannot begin to tell you how boring golf is to me. I want the news not some idiot stuck in a bunker with a 5 iron.

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    Comment number 29.

    News takes secondary importance to sport on this station.What a great opportunity missed to promote the SportsExtra station with Ryder Cup golf for those who love it so much but they haven't the brains to see that.What exactly is the point of the under used 5liveSportsExtra ?

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    Comment number 30.

    5live is not exclusively a News Station, i thought that was obvious, reading some of these missives, it seems like certain people wants news shoved down their throats 24/7, Golf dominating the schedules for a few Days so what, tune into Radio 4, do a bit of gardening, the list is endless.

    Honestly the things people get worked up over.

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    Comment number 31.

    @Fedster Not true, I appreciate intelligent sport coverage. But is golf really worthy of 8 hours non-stop coverage? Come now, there are sports that work well on the radio, and as Binkie suggested golf may not be one of them. And, in my admittedly biased and subjective opinion, golf is boring.

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    Comment number 32.

    The Twenty20 World Cup has been on 5LSE.

    zelda a sand wedge is used to get out of sand, not a 5 iron.

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    Comment number 33.

    So in your opionion Golf is Boring so should not be on 5live, if thats the crux of your argument, then i am afraid you Sir aint going to win any prizes.

    Obviously Golf works on Radio, thats why 5live keep broadcasting it every year, wheres the logic in broadcasting something which does not attract listeners?

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    Comment number 34.

    There would be no one left to get out of a bunker if I was given an Iron of any description.

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    Comment number 35.

    Yeah I'm with Fedster on this one,I mean wot planet are these people who want news on ? We sports fans don't want that there boring old news or arty or political stuff rammed down our throats all the time.I mean I'm a sports junkie meself and I need coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or else I go cold turkey and shake.D'you know if I was the Director General of the BBC I would turn all the BBC radio stations into sports channels.Give the people what they want.My idea for change would be.......

    5live........Live sport and endless discussions about sport.

    Radio 4........More Sport

    Radio 3......Even More Sport but with some classical music going on in the background.

    6Music....SportsExtra...Extra

    If listeners need to have this appetite for any news whats going on in the world,then just give them 60 seconds on the hour or whenever the radio station can fit it in and that should see them right ! Now where did I leave my copy of Charlie Buchans Football Monthly ?

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    Comment number 36.

    Golf on the radio is a bit of a joke.I just get picture in my mind of a little white ball continuously rolling along a piece of well moved grass and just missing the edge of the cup or some man wearing outlandish trousers stuck up a tree trying to retrieve his ball he accidently hit up there.

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    Comment number 37.

    @Rebelbrum I admit my arguement is one of my sheer loathing for golf. There's no great intellectual weight to my point, just one of personal prejudice against what is a worthless passtime played by a strangely large number of people. I realise golf has lots of fans, but so does fishing, and we don't get that on the radio do we? What's the difference? One is on the radio, another isn't.

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    Comment number 38.

    Actually Rebelbrum, there used to be a great programme on at dawn on Saturdays I think, called Dirty Tackle. It was a very amusing and informative series about fishing, of course, and was dropped in the cutbacks because it was produced by an independent company. Shame, very good listen and for us insomniacs, a change from the usual stuff. Fishing is a popular pastime and you are right, it should be back on the radio, or is that the opposite of what you meant........

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    Comment number 39.

    @Carrie That is exactly what I meant - why IS golf so special, when it's not even as popular as fishing? Also, there's a programme on Sunday Mornings at 6:30am on TalkSport called Fisherman's Blues which I enjoy listening to. And I'm not even a fan of fishing, but I enjoy listening to the programme all the same. And there's an important distinction - I may not enjoy fishing as a sport, but I can enjoy a programme about fishing on radio. Golf, however, is an instant turn-off, whenever it's on radio...

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    Comment number 40.

    Is it over yet? I am scared to turn on the radio in case I get someone chipping off a fairway into the rough.

    btw - I used to like Fisherman's Blues on another channel that shall remain nameless too and I don't fish either. I especially loved the opening song which I now have.

 

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