Gophers beware: Bill Murray joins Phelps for pre-Ryder Cup golf match in MN

Next week, a pre-Ryder Cup showcase is going to be taking place at Hazeltine National, and there are many celebrities who are going to be there. In fact, the well known star of Caddyshack, Bill Murray, is going to be one of them. In addition, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will make an appearance, as well as other celebrities from the United States and Europe, including actors Rob Riggle and Kurt Russell, as well as Niall Horan of One Direction. International soccer players Alessandro Del Piero and Andrjy Shevchenko, as well as the well known tennis player, Martina Navratilova, are just a few of the athletes who will be taking the course in Chaska on Tuesday, as stated by RyderCup.com.

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Bill Murray is the part-owner of the St. Paul Saints, so he is familiar with Minnesota. Additionally, Murray is a big golf fan. During the event, he will be playing golf, rather than playing a role similar to Carl Spackler in Caddyshack, who was the nemesis to multiple gophers and who ate the notorious Baby Ruth bar. The Ryder Cup festivities for the week will start off with the 9-hole celebrity scramble, and the rest of it will be well underway by 2 p.m. at Hazeltine National. The people who made the effort to book ground passes for the action on Tuesday can see what is going on as well. They will have the opportunity to be spectators as members of both Team Europe and Team USA play practice rounds. People can buy these ground passes on StubHub for as little as six dollars, and you can buy them online. Those who want to go to the course can either take a Southwest Transit bus from downtown Minneapolis, Carver, or Chanhassen, or they can opt to park their vehicles at Canterbury Park in Shakopee and then get on the free shuttle (about a 30 minute ride) to get to the course. More details can be found online, if anyone is interested in knowing the specifics.

The Ryder Cup is held in even-numbered years, and the teams are composed of 12 players each. The teams are from Europe and the United States, and the games last three days, with five match-play sessions. The United States is going to have eight players that are determined by points, and the team from Europe wll have nine players. The first four players on the European Team will have four players from the European Points List, with the other five players coming from the World Points List. The United States has four Captain’s Picks, while Europe has three. The way the games will be structured is as follows: both the first and second day will feature a four-match session of four-balls, in addition to a four-match session of foursomes. On the last day, there will be 12 singles matches..

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The Ryder Cup proper of 2016 will be starting on Friday and ending on Sunday.

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