All Men's and Women's Majors to be Broadcast on Sky Sports in 2019
GOLFTV - which is set to be launched in the UK & Ireland for 2022 - may threaten Sky Sports' ability to showcase the PGA Tour and European Tour in future, but for now the satellite broadcaster has regained its grip on the game's most prestigious events, following the announcement that all four men's majors will be shown on Sky Sports Golf in 2019.
There had previously been rumours that talks between Sky Sports and Augusta National had broken down over rights to The Masters, something reported by Bunkered, but that has evidently been resolved, with all four days live on Sky, including comprehensive content throughout the week, while the BBC retains highlights and weekend coverage.
The U.S. Open and The Open Championship are now established staples on Sky, but the PGA Championship has been absent from the network since 2016, a small chink in the armour that has seen what was traditionally the fourth major of the season floated between the BBC in 2017, and last year on the streaming service Eleven Sports, a widely criticised event that drew understandable bemusement from regular golf viewers.
However, Sky Sports has now confirmed that the PGA - which moves to a new May date this year - has been restored to the schedule alongside the other three men's majors, and its regular coverage of both the PGA and European Tours. Brooks Koepka will defend the Wanamaker Trophy at Bethpage Black in New York, which should provide an atmospheric stage for a championship that last August marked its 100th edition.
Additionally, all five women's majors will be shown on Sky this season, including Georgia Hall's defence of the British Open at Woburn. Viewers will also see the ANA Inspiration, the US Women's Open in May, the Women's KPMG PGA Championship, and the Evian Championship. Not to mention the Solheim Cup from Gleneagles.
Barney Francis, Head of Sky Sports said: "It promises to be a stunning year for golf fans with countless fascinating stories of the best players on the planet jostling for the biggest prizes on pristine courses. Will Georgia Hall at just 22 add to her major collection? Can Europe regain the Solheim Cup?
"Justin Rose as world No 1 will be challenging for every tournament. Can Rory complete the set of majors by winning at Augusta and can Europe's dominance at the Ryder Cup convert into major victories? It's all set for a thrilling year and Sky Sports will have every twist and turn covered."
The dominance of Sky Sports in the world of golf isn't to everyone's liking, but for those with a subscription or NOW TV passes, it's welcome to see the biggest events on one service, rather than scrambling between a variety of paid channels, as has been common in other sports like football.
ANA Inspiration - April 4-7
The Masters - April 11-14
The PGA - May 16-19
U.S. Women's Open - May 30- June 2
The U.S. Open - June 13-16
Women's PGA Championship - June 20-23
The Open - July 18-21
Evian Championship - July 25-28
Women's British Open - August 1-4
The Solheim Cup - September 13-15
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