Sky strikes US PGA Tour deal- 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00
Sky Sports has struck a new eight-year TV rights deal with the US PGA Tour to broadcast coverage of the golf tour live and in high definition.
The new contract, one of the longest broadcast agreements ever awarded by the US PGA Tour, allows Sky Sports viewers to watch the likes of world number one Tiger Woods, three-time Major winner Phil Mickelson and Irish youngster Rory McIlroy, who will compete as a PGA Tour member in 2010.
As well as giving Sky Sports live coverage of the US PGA TOUR, including The flagship Players Championship from Sawgrass, the agreement also includes The FedExCup and live rights to the Presidents Cup in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.
The US PGA Tour had previously held a broadcast rights agreement with Setanta but when the latter broadcaster went into administration, the rights were returned to the Tour.
Sky Sports shows golf every week of the year and will schedule coverage from more than 150 tournaments in 2010.
The line-up includes The Ryder Cup in 2010 and 2012, US Open until 2014, U.S. PGA Championship until 2016, Solheim Cup in 2011 and 2013, all three World Golf Championship events each season until 2012, and 35 events each season on the PGA European Tour, plus The Race For Dubai until 2012. In addition, Sky Sports broadcasts events from The Ladies and Amateur Tours.