Part of what makes the Ryder Cup so special is the waiting. It's such a unique spectacle because we have to be patient, letting the hype and anticipation build over two years until we can watch the USA and Europe go at it again in the best team competition in golf. Well, now we are here. It's Sunday at the Ryder Cup and either Europe will earn a record fourth straight win or the Americans will prove their task force overhaul of their process is working.
NBC will have the call of Sunday's singles session, the one session heavily weighted with 12 of the event's total 28 points on the line. There is no hiding the weak links on the roster. Everyone must play, and they must play without a partner head-to-head against a solo representative from their counterpart. The first match between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy will go just after Noon ET. The NBC broadcast will begin right at Noon, and they'll have little to no time to set things up before Reed and Rory tee off four minutes later. From there, it's a really fluid situation with no definitive and predictable end time.
The Americans could take the cup relatively early with several of the late matches not too far into the course. The end time target is technically 6 p.m. ET but it's likely we know who is going home with the cup well before then. NBC has had a manic sprint through this summer with an incredible slate. It started with The Players back in May, included their first broadcast of The Open, golf's return to the Olympics in more than a century, and now the Ryder Cup, arguably the best event in the game. That's a monster run they're on and Sunday will be the end of it for Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks, et al.
Here's your full media schedule for the final session at Hazeltine:
Day 3 coverage -- Sunday's singles session
Noon to 6 p.m. ET -- NBC
11:30 a.m. -- Ryder Cup "First Tee Experience" stream
Noon to 6 p.m. ET -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream
1 to 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)