Eurosport to show remainder of 2009 TOUR events in UKJune 25, 2009
PGA TOUR Staff
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR and Eurosport jointly announced on Thursday an agreement in which Eurosport has secured the PGA TOUR television rights in the United Kingdom for the remainder of the 2009 TOUR season, beginning with Thursday's live coverage from the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.
Action from the remaining 2009 TOUR events will now be accessible in more than 10 million UK homes on British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2, through Sky and Virgin Media platforms.
"We are pleased to announce this agreement with Eurosport, which ensures that PGA TOUR coverage will continue to be made available, live, every week to golf fans throughout the United Kingdom," PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said.
"We are delighted to welcome the US PGA TOUR to the Eurosport platform in the UK," Eurosport Chairman Laurent Eric Le Lay said. "British golf fans can now see the world's best players competing live as the 2009 season unfolds. We can give the US PGA TOUR's iconic tournaments excellent coverage across our two UK TV channels, and fans can follow regular news and results at Eurosport's leading sports website."
The PGA TOUR telecasts will also be available to UK fans in simulcast through Eurosport's online subscription service, Eurosport Player.
The world's top-ranked player, Tiger Woods, along with England's Paul Casey, double-major champion Padraig Harrington, 2009 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy and Ryder Cup standout Ian Poulter all are featured regularly on the PGA TOUR. As the PGA TOUR season continues, these stars and many others will be jockeying for position heading into the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and its conclusion at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, Justin Rose and newly minted U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover will be in action on British Eurosport 2 as part of a high-quality field at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.
"The US PGA TOUR is a great sports series and we are delighted that we can bring the live coverage to a wider audience of golf fans than ever before," Eurosport UK's Director of Broadcast Dave Kerr said. "With the retention of Moto GP, the recent acquisition of British Superbikes and now the arrival of US PGA TOUR golf, our channels are becoming more and more attractive and exciting to UK viewers, and we look forward to welcoming golf fans to a channel that has long been a destination for passionate fans of our other major sports."
The rights to the PGA TOUR in the UK were previously held by Setanta.
British Eurosport is available on Sky channel 410 and Virgin Media channel 521. British Eurosport 2 is on Sky channel 411 and Virgin Media channel 525.