TV info, date, format, teams and everything else as Ireland and GB take on Europe

Ireland will join forces with Great Britain to take on Continental Europe in a new golf tournament called the Hero Cup this week.

The event is effectively a warm-up for the European Ryder Cup candidates ahead of the big one against the USA later this year.

Here is everything you need to know about the new competition:

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Francesco Molinari, Captain of Continental Europe, and Tommy Fleetwood, Captain of Great Britain and Ireland, pose with the trophy prior to the Hero Cup at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 11, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Pic: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

When is the Hero Cup on?

The Hero Cup will take place from Friday, January 13, through Saturday before coming to a climax on Sunday, January 15.

Where is the Hero Cup on?

The event will be played at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.

How can I watch the Hero Cup on TV?

Sky Sports Golf will show the tournament live as it happens with Friday’s coverage commenting at 7am.

Saturday’s broadcast begins at 6am, while Sunday’s final day action will be shown from 6.30am.

Sky Sports Main Event will also carry live coverage of Sunday’s golf session.

The in-form Irish duo of Shane Lowry (right) and Seamus Power (left) feature alongside the likes of Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton for Great Britain and Ireland. Pic: Rob Carr/Getty Images

What are the teams?

Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald has selected two 10-player teams which will come head-to-head from Friday.

Tommy Fleetwood will captain Great Britain and Ireland, while Francesco Molinari is set to lead Continental Europe.

The top four European golfers right now – Rory McIlroy, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland – will not compete in the event.

However, the in-form Irish duo of Shane Lowry and Seamus Power feature alongside the likes of Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton for Great Britain and Ireland.

The in-form Irish duo of Shane Lowry (left) and Seamus Power feature alongside the likes of Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton (right) for Great Britain and Ireland. Pic: Maddie Meyer/PGA of America/PGA of America via Getty Images

Meanwhile, Continental Europe boast Alex Noren and Irish Open champion Adrian Meronk among other DP World Tour regulars.

Great Britain & Ireland: Tommy Fleetwood (C), Ewen Ferguson, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane LowryRobert MacIntyre Seamus PowerCallum Shinkwin, Jordan Smith, Matt Wallace, Richard Mansell.

Continental Europe: Francesco Molinari (C), Thomas Detry, Nicolai Højgaard, Adrian Meronk, Guido Migliozzi, Alex Noren, Viktor Perez, Thomas Pieters, Sepp Straka, Antoine Rozner.

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Francesco Molinari of Europe celebrates winning The Ryder Cup during singles matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 30, 2018 in Paris, France. Pic: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

What is the competition format?

The competition will take on a match play format similar to that of the Ryder Cup, in order to give European players more experience ahead of the 2023 event in Rome.

All 20 players will compete in each session, starting with foursomes, before playing four-balls and then a round of singles matches.

There will be five four-balls taking place on Friday at 7:05am Irish time.

Saturday will have five foursomes in the morning (3:35am Irish time) and five more foursomes in the afternoon session (8:20am Irish time).

There will be 10 singles matches on Sunday (6:35am Irish time) to close out the event.

There are 25 points up for grabs, meaning either team needs to collate 13 points in order to secure Hero Cup glory.

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