Four Ryder Cup Captains join well-known sporting personalities in a special Pro-Celebrity Challenge and for the first time fans can watch it on a free live stream via the official Sky Sports YouTube channel.
The exhibition match on Thursday, which precedes the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 tournament, will be broadcast live via youtube.com/skysportsofficial and feature four former Ryder Cup captains in Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Mark James and Corey Pavin.
They will be joined by Sky Sports football pundit Jamie Redknapp, Scottish footballing legend Kenny Dalglish, former Liverpool great Alan Hansen and Scottish rugby union star Gavin Hastings.
The four-ball better contest will be played over nine holes on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, teeing off at 11.30am, with each celebrity partnering with a former Ryder Cup Captain.
In advance of Sky Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the Ryder Cup itself start on Friday, September 26, the Pro-Celebrity Challenge promises to be an entertaining watch and provide fans with a perfect warm-up to the Opening Ceremony later in the day, which will formerly get proceedings at the 40th Ryder Cup underway.
As well as free live streaming on the Sky Sports YouTube channel, coverage of the Pro Celebrity event will also be shown on Sky Sports Ryder Cup ahead of the channel’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony.
Sarah Stirk presents live coverage of the special exhibition event from 11.30am on Sky Sports Ryder Cup, with commentary provided by Ewen Murray, Rob Lee, Richard Boxall and Wayne Riley.
Edward Kitson, Ryder Cup Match Director said: “Staging a Pro-Celebrity Match on the final practice day will give spectators a taste of some of the excitement to come.
“As with the Ryder Cup itself, this will be a match that can be enjoyed by all so it’s great news that Sky Sports is going to televise the event live, showcasing the fun and enjoyment of golf, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and golf in Scotland.”
Alan Hansen, former Liverpool defender and BBC Match of the Day pundit, who is a 3-handicap golfer, said: “It will be a great experience to play on the PGA Centenary Course the day before the Ryder Cup tees off, and in such illustrious company.
“I’m sure it will be an entertaining game, with plenty of banter and interaction with the galleries. Hopefully we’ll give the fans at Gleneagles and those watching at home a good show.”
Sky Sports will offer more Ryder Cup coverage than ever before, including a dedicated channel broadcasting over 300 hours of programming, with Sky Sports 4 becoming Sky Sports Ryder Cup for two weeks around the biggest event in golf.
In addition to exclusively live coverage of all three days’ play, the Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel will offer round-the-clock golf programming including the opening ceremony, build-up shows, documentaries, player interviews, plus highlights and analysis of the day’s matches and a preview of the following day’s between 7pm and 10pm Friday to Sunday.
The channel is part of unparalleled coverage across TV, mobile and online which also includes Sky Sports News HQ, apps, skysports.com and the On Demand service, giving fans even more Ryder Cup content, wherever they are.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest events in sport and we’re offering our viewers coverage to match.
“Our dedicated channel will tell the complete story; fascinating features, comprehensive build up, and of course live coverage of all three days. We can’t wait.”
Live streaming of the 2014 Ryder Cup Pro-Celebrity Challenge via Sky Sports will be available in the video player below from 11.30am on Thursday, September 25.
Thursday 25th September
RYDER CUP 2014 PRO CELEBRITY CHALLENGE
LIVE: 11.30am-2.30pm Sky Sports Ryder Cup / Sky Sports YouTube Channel