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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 41.

    Well Conor and the rest of the guys did a FANTASTIC job last night/early this morning. I could not bear to watch so went to bed infuriated by the behaviour of the crowd: many drunk, with poor golf crowd manners and jingoistic and verbally aggressive to boot. So I listened instead and apart from having those views of mine verified by the commentators, (on television they left you to see it for yourselves, on the radio it was described and talked about by the commentators throughout, and by players post-games) I could not fault the commentary for the suspense and thrill they managed to get over to me. As far as the matches were concerned, if you weren't listening to the two left out as it became almost too dark apparently for anyone to see, you missed a treat, whether you like golf or not.

    And we actually beat NZ too.

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    Comment number 42.

    I told you that the hostile atmosphere completely puts me off and spoils this tournament for me.It will probably only get even worse today.Apparently the European golfers wives were getting verbal abuse by those in the crowd who couldn't handle drinking the loopy juice and that was only on the first day.

    zeld ......is that the Waterboys Fishermans Blues tune ?

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    Comment number 43.

    @ Binkie - It is indeed the Waterboys singing Fisherman's Blues.

    I wish I was a fisherman tumbling on the sea, Far away from dry land and its bitter memories.............

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    Comment number 44.

    Or.... I wish I was a Fisherman tumbling on the sea, far away from dry land and..........GOLF!

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    Comment number 45.

    Come on europe!! Went to school with Poulter, he has done great for us. Bored with the "in the hole rubbish"..
    Lets shut them up by end of play!!

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    Comment number 46.

    The best piece of golfing action I have ever seen. The US couldn't even complain about the noise as they had made so much to put the Europe team off.

    Aah, a great way to spend a long weekend.

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    Comment number 47.

    Thanks to Five Live for the superb coverage last night, especially the brilliant commentary of Ian Carter & John Murray.

    And to those who complained about the normal programmes being suspended, how many times have you ever gone to work and the first topic of conversation was Stephen Nolan's guest interview or a discussion point on Men's Hour? How many items on Pienaar's Politic's will still be talked about in 20 years time?

    The final outcome of the competition more than justified the decision.

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    Comment number 48.

    Do you think that the outcome of a 2012 Golf tournament will still be talked about in 20 years time? Crikey, you're hoping.

    At least a John Pienars topics are relevant to many many people whereas golf isn't. It truly isn't.

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    Comment number 49.

    And now it is the obligatory Golf phone -in. I despair.

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    Comment number 50.

    @zelda,

    People still talk about the 1985 Ryder Cup, so I see no reason why people won't remember this in 27 years time.
    I wasn't suggesting that golf is more important than politics, as that would be absurd. I was merely replying to the people who suggested it was wrong to replace the usual programming for one weekend every 2 years. The amount of political discussion during the rest of the year rightly takes up it's fair share of broadcast time.

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    Comment number 51.

    We shall have to agree to disagree mistered..... I am of course right and you are wrong though. ;)

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    Comment number 52.

    Oh and I would add..... (oh for a ruddy edit facility) I bet the people who still talk about the 1985 Ryder Cup are golf fans, it is entirely irrelevant to the majority of the population. Most of us will remember 1985 for Live Aid if anything.

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    Comment number 53.

    Thanks Zelda fior your comments - made me smile. Like you I dislike golf and was b ored with the coverage over the weekend; but I appreciate a lot of people like it and 5 live have to cater for them. What pleased ME most sports-wise this weekend was my team, Chelsea winning 2-1 away at Arsenal! Def my highlight!! Mr. Sarnia and the elder Master Sarnia were v engrossed in the golf and watched it on TV - I let them get on with it and just slaved away in the kitchen and caught up with stuff on i-player! :-)

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    Comment number 54.

    Hi sarnia... hope you are well. Now you and I don't like Golf but the others do... whch one is right*.. there's only one way to settle this.........FIGHT!

    * Whatever the outcome, we are right.

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    Comment number 55.

    Sarnia

    Where have you been? Is it already two years since you last complained about Five Live's coverage of the Ryder Cup? Well, yet again, I thought they did a superb job, though there were some technical hitches this time. What I don't get - and never have - is why these comments always appear when the Ryder Cup is only every two years (in fact there was a hiatus of three years after 1999). Why anyone would rather listen to Stephen Nolan is utterly incomprehensible to me.

 

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