The Front Nine: Only the groundskeepers are up earlier than us. Each morning this week, we’re first off the tee with a front nine-worthy collection of helpful pointers to get your Ryder Cup day started. Fore!
1. Today’s weather
For the final day of the Ryder Cup, why not the finest day to be out in the elements? And given the weather so far, that’s saying something. The clouds never showed up on Saturday like they were forecasted to, and they should stay away Sunday as well with the temperatures reaching an un-October like lower 70s.
2. Times and tickets
Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
It's Sunday singles, where everyone plays regardless if they’ve seen in action in all four sessions or just one. Here's today's lineup (with players' records from this week). The United States holds a 9.5-6.5 lead. To win the Ryder Cup the U.S. needs 14.5 points. The Europeans need 14 points to retain the trophy.
11:04 a.m.: Patrick Reed (2-1-1) vs. Rory McIlroy (3-1-0)
11:15 a.m.: Jordan Spieth (2-1-1) vs. Henrik Stenson(1-3-0)
11:26 a.m.: J.B. Holmes (1-1-0) vs. Thomas Pieters (3-1-0)
11:37 a.m.: Rickie Fowler (1-1-0) vs. Justin Rose (2-2-0)
11:48 a.m.: Jimmy Walker (1-1-0) vs. Rafa Cabrera Bello (1-0-1)
11:59 a.m.: Phil Mickelson (2-1-0) vs. Sergio Garcia (1-2-1)
12:10 p.m.: Ryan Moore (1-1-0) vs. Lee Westwood (0-2-0)
12:21 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker (2-0-0) vs. Andy Sullivan (0-1-0)
12:32 p.m.: Dustin Johnson (1-2-0) vs. Chris Wood (1-0-0)
12:43 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (2-1-0) vs. Danny Willett (0-2-0)
12:54 p.m: Matt Kuchar (2-1-0) vs. Martin Kaymer (0-3-0)
1:05 p.m.: Zach Johnson (1-1-0) vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick (0-1-0)
Grounds tickets for practice days and the three-day event sold out after a lottery drawing last year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action at Hazeltine. The PGA Tour’s Sirus/XM satellite radio channel is running advertisements for Stub Hub a few times an hour. Sunday’s singles matches mark the end of the competition and tickets on the secondary market have dropped. General admission grounds tickets are going for $180, or about $30 less than they were in Saturday morning. If you want an opportunity to see the U.S. maybe hoist the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, here’s your chance.
3. Morning reading
The new face of U.S. golf, at least for now: Like Ian Poulter did for Europe in Ryder Cups past, Patrick Reed's flair and superb play has the Americans in position to celebrate Sunday afternoon.
If it ain't broke: Darren Clarke broke up the 'Spanish Armada' pairing of Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello on Saturday afternoon, and that wasn't wise says our Patrick Reusse.
A shank, but not a tank: Brooks Koepka's poor shot Saturday morning was immediately backed up with a monster shot one hole later.
4. Today: See red, wear red
Fans for the United States attending the Ryder Cup are encouraged to wear red for Sunday’s “red out.” It is part of the “We Are 13” fan activation designed to unite the nation behind the 12 U.S. players in their quest to reclaim the Ryder Cup. Spectators are also encouraged to share photos wearing red with the hashtag #rydercupcam to be showcased on the video boards throughout the golf course grounds at Hazeltine.
5. Course tip: Where to go
It’s the final day. The Ryder Cup is scheduled out in America until 2024, meaning the earliest it will be back at Hazeltine is 2028 – and that’s highly unlikely. So on Sunday, why not take it all in? The gates open more than three and a half hours before the first shot. Come early. Walk around. See everything. The course is in immaculate shape and the stadium-like setup won’t be seen around here anytime soon. And once play starts, do everyone a favor: don’t yell profanities at players. You WILL be asked to leave. Yeah, that happened Saturday.
6. ‘How does this work again?
Sunday singles is pretty simple: A head-to-head matchup between two golfers. Whoever scores the best on a hole, wins the hole. The same score on a hole is called a halve. The player with the most holes won win the team point. If the players are tied after 18 holes, each team receives a half point.
If you'd like to go back and learn the difference between a foursome match and a four-ball match from this week we have that covered here and here.
7. Rules of the day
A reminder that cameras are not allowed on the golf course now that play has officially started. Cell phones are allowed, but PLEASE be respectful. Don’t be that guy whose Kenny Loggins custom ringtone goes off just as Phil Mickelson is about to take a swing. Silence your phones. Also: Incoming and outgoing calls must be handled in designated areas known as “Phone Zones.” Texting, e-mail, social posting and other data use are allowed anywhere on the golf course provided players are not about to play their shots.
Once you arrive, here’s a link to the golf course
8. Star Tribune coverage
Watch for updates throughout the day. Our team includes reporters, bloggers, columnists (yes, Sid plans to stop by) photographers and videographers. Find our stories on the golf page, our photos here and follow our on-site reporters on Twitter: Jerry Zgoda, Jim Souhan, Patrick Reusse, Mark Craig, Brian Stensaas, Michael Rand and Chris Carr.
9. Celebrity sightings
Keep your eyes peeled if you’re headed to Hazeltine on Sunday. You’re likely to see some famous faces. Michael Jordan spent most of Saturday perched above No. 9 green in the NBC tent. Justin Timberlake was there, too, as was Bill Murray, Huey Lewis, Darius Rucker and other celebrities. The best? None other than Jack Nicklaus, who walked with some groups in both sessions but somehow was forced to wear a badge indicating he was to stay within one arm’s length from the ropes at all times. (Don’t they know who he is!?!) Nicklaus, by the way, offially joined the PGA on June 1, 1966. On Saturday Nicklaus was presented with a framed copy of his PGA Membership application at a ceremony in the PGA of America tent. “The game of golf has come a long way,” he said. “Look out here, isn’t that something? I remember when the Ryder Cup didn’t make 10 cents.” Nicklaus played on six Ryder Cup teams and captained two of them. In 1977 he campaigned for the inclusion of Continental Europe.