Golf fans are in for an international treat, with the men’s Ryder Cup this weekend and the women’s International Crown next weekend.
Steroids and hormones can make things larger than life, and that’s to be expected when the U.S. faces Europe in a Ryder Cup. Riding the wings of Tiger Woods’ soaring victory in the Tour Championship, golf will make for compelling viewing beginning Friday morning.
But, don’t unplug your DVR on Sunday. Wednesday night prime time brings more international match play drama, with the LPGA’s comparatively new takeoff on the Ryder Cup, the International Crown.
With South Koreans taking center stage on the women’s tour, a U.S. vs. Europe Solheim Cup no longer showcases the best women golfers in the world. The International Crown format features four-player teams of eight countries who qualify on points — this year, in order of seeding, South Korea, USA, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Chinese Taipei.
Of course, the United States and South Korea are the favorites. But Spain won the first event four years ago, then didn’t even qualify for this one or the last. With South Korea hosting for the first time this year, the pressure will weigh heavily on Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim and In Gee Chun to capture the crown on their home turf.
So, yes, tune in for Tiger and the kids. But for more drama, catch golf on hormones with the International Crown. Below are the live TV times for both tournaments, the Ryder Cup in Paris and the International Crown in Incheon, Korea.
If you live in the United States, you’ll quickly see why you want to set your DVR.
RYDER CUP (all times Eastern)
Friday, Sept. 28, 2 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Channel); 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (NBC)
INTERNATIONAL CROWN (Golf Channel, all times Eastern)
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 5, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.