College football and professional golf will collide over the next month as the prestigious Ryder Cup Trophy makes its rounds to some of college football’s premier early season matchups.As part of the first Ryder Cup Trophy Tour in the United States that started on Aug. 29 in New York City, the trophy will be brought to 13 cities nationwide – including five college football game sites – for fans to get an up-close look at the award.
Across the college football landscape, the trophy will be brought to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sept. 3 for Georgia vs. North Carolina; Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas on Sept. 4 for Texas vs. Notre Dame, Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Sept. 5 for Ole Miss vs. Florida State; Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on Sept. 10 for UNLV vs. UCLA; and Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on Sept. 17 for Michigan State vs. Notre Dame.
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The goal of the tour, which also makes stops at golf courses and MLB stadiums, is to raise awareness and pride for the Ryder Cup and its 2016 U.S. representatives. The Ryder Cup, set for Sept. 27-Oct. 2 this year, is a PGA event played every two years that has a U.S. team teeing off against a European team, each loaded with big names.
“We want to take advantage of the incredible passion and excitement that surrounds college football and its amazing fans. These Ryder Cup Trophy Tour events will also serve as a connection between our past U.S. Ryder Cup Captains and their alma maters,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price.
“We’re excited to build momentum and excitement toward golf’s greatest event, the Ryder Cup, and want sports fans across the country to be cheering on our U.S. Team in late September at Hazeltine National in Minnesota. #WeAre13!”
Fans at the respective stadiums will have the opportunity to pose for pictures next to the Ryder Cup Trophy, participate in trivia games about the PGA event’s history and try a hole-in-one challenge on a replica hole of this year’s Ryder Cup host site in Hazeltine National.
In addition, U.S. captain Davis Love III, other current Ryder Cup participants and past captains will all be present at some of the stadium stops.
“The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will allow fans all over the country to feel like they are a part of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, take pride in their team, and connect with all that the Ryder Cup represents,” said PGA President Derek Sprague in a press release. “For nearly 90 years, the Ryder Cup has fostered a rousing spirit of international competition and respect that could be at an all-time high this year.”
For a full schedule of the trophy's tour, check out the table below:
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|New York City, NY|
|Aug. 31||Golf Galaxy||Paramus, NJ|
Chelsea Piers Morning with the Ryder Cup
|New York City, NY|
|Sept. 2||Whistling Straits at Destination Kohler||Sheboygan, WI|
|Sept. 3||College football: Georgia vs. North Carolina||Atlanta, GA|
College football: Texas vs. Notre Dame
|Sept. 5||College football: Ole Miss vs. Florida State||Orlando, FL|
|Sept. 7||PGA Junior League Golf at Cog Hill Country Club||Lemont, IL|
|Sept. 10||College football: UNLV vs UCLA||Pasadena, CA|
|Sept. 16||MLB: Brewers vs. Cubs||Chicago, IL|
|Sept. 17||College football: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame||South Bend, IN|
Ryder Cup Preview at Star Tribune
MLB: Twins vs. Tigers
|Sept. 21||PGA Shop at MSP International Airport||Minneapolis, MN|
Grand Opening of Ryder Cup Shop
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