04 March 2014 - Sky Sports will show the best women's golf for at least another two years, thanks to a new deal with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
The agreement offers Sky Sports viewers exclusively live coverage of three women's Majors played in the United States, plus at least four LPGA Tour events each summer. The new deal strengthens Sky's unrivaled live golf coverage which includes three of the four Majors, PGA European Tour, US PGA Tour, World Golf Championship events and this September's Ryder Cup.
British golfer and Solheim Cup star Charley Hull said: “It’s great news that Sky Sports is showing more women’s golf. I’m really looking forward to playing in more LPGA events and Majors too, so it’s good to know that my friends and family at home can tune in and follow my progress.”
Sky Sports will show the world's top golfers, including Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis will compete for glory in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship and Evian Championship.
Tour events also show live will be the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, Kingsmill Championship, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, CME Group Tour Championship plus the HSBC Women’s Champions.
News and updates on other LPGA events from the United States and around the world will be shown on Sky Sports News.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports has a long standing commitment to women’s golf and this agreement means our viewers can follow the world's top players for at least another two years. Our commitment to women's sport is unrivaled, and our viewers can enjoy huge choice across our channels throughout the year."
LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said: “Over the past 5 years, the LPGA has seen its popularity grow around the world at a rate that few could have predicted. The secret to the LPGA’s success is that the absolute best players in the world come from all over the world to compete on this Tour. With the expansion of our player base, has been the expansion of television coverage – and we now average nearly 150 countries watching the LPGA per week. I have consistently heard from fans in the U.K. about their desire to see more LPGA coverage on television and this new deal with Sky Sports helps to deliver that.”
Sky Sports offers an unrivaled choice of women's sport, with a year-round schedule offering live cricket, netball, rugby, golf, tennis, athletics and more. Fans can also catch the latest women's news, views and analysis on Sky Sports News throughout the week, including Sportswomen, the weekly women's sport show every Tuesday. In 2013, women's sport was scheduled on over 200 days on Sky Sports.
The agreement follows other recent announcements made by Sky Sports, including a new three-year deal for the IPL from 2015 following deals British & Irish Lions, PGA Tour golf and Super League.
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