Sky Sports will show the U.S. Open Championship for a further five years as part of a new agreement for live golf that also includes women’s, senior and amateur events from the USA.
The new agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) provides and expands exclusively live coverage of over 35 championships between 2015 and 2019, strengthening Sky Sports’ live golf portfolio. Sky Sports viewers can enjoy an unrivalled schedule that includes The Ryder Cup, the Masters from Augusta, The US PGA Championship, World Golf Championship, PGA Tour and PGA European Tours.
Thanks to the new agreement, Sky Sports viewers can look forward to extended coverage, including:
U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Exclusive live coverage of all four days from the U.S. Open between 2015 and 2019. Golf’s second major of the year will take place on iconic U.S. courses including Oakmont Country Club in 2016 and Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2019.
WOMEN’S EVENTS: Sky Sports will show more live women’s golf with the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship as well as the 2018 Curtis Cup Match between the UK and Ireland and the USA.
MEN’S EVENTS: Viewers will enjoy coverage of the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Amateur Championship for a further five years as well as the 2017 Walker Cup Match from the Los Angeles Country Club.
In recent years British golfers have thrived in majors on U.S. soil with Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell winning three of the last four U.S. Opens.
Announcing the new agreement, Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “The U.S. Open has provided some unforgettable moments on Sky Sports and this announcement strengthens our long-term live golf schedule even further. Only on Sky Sports can viewers watch European golfers take on the best in the world in the U.S. Open and we’re delighted to take our partnership with the USGA into its 26th year.”
Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, said: “Sky has been one of our most important broadcast partners for more than two decades. Sky is the destination for golf in the UK, and we are excited and proud that our championships will continue to have a home on their many platforms.”
Sky Sports shows golf every week of the year and will schedule coverage from more than 100 tournaments in 2014. Coverage is presented by David Livingstone with commentary and analysis from Colin Montgomerie, Paul McGinley, Butch Harmon and Ewen Murray.
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