Sky Sports, PGA TOUR extend deal for U.K viewers

November 23, 2009
PGA TOUR staff

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR has awarded Sky Sports a new eight-year deal to broadcast PGA TOUR tournaments live and in high definition in the United Kingdom. The contract is one of the longest international broadcast agreements ever awarded by the PGA TOUR.

Through the agreement, Sky Sports will televise events throughout the PGA TOUR Regular Season and all four events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Sky also receives exclusive rights in the U.K. to televise The President Cup in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

"This is great news for our viewers and for golf," said Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports. "We can promise quality events, with some of the biggest names in golf, right through the calendar and even more HD coverage.

"It is fascinating to be able to follow players from the U.S. TOUR alongside our European coverage, particularly in a Ryder Cup year," Francis continued. "And it's a great time to be back covering the U.S. TOUR, too, with Rory McIlroy committing himself to events from the U.S. calendar. We look forward to a long relationship with the U.S. PGA TOUR."

Tim Leisure, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President of International Television said, "The PGA TOUR is extremely pleased once again to be associated with Sky Sports, the leading sports network in the United Kingdom. This long-term association guarantees that U.K. golf fans will have access to the exciting chase for the FedExCup in HD during primetime for many years to come."