Sky Sports and the European Tour have extended their long-term broadcasting partnership until at least the end of 2022.
The agreement ensures that Sky Sports remains the home of European Tour golf for another four years, including the next two Ryder Cups from Wisconsin and Rome.
The new deal will see the biggest and best events from the European Tour broadcast exclusively live across Sky Sports’ platforms, including a minimum of 35 Race to Dubai events from the European Tour, with a minimum of five UK and Irish events, including the BMW PGA Championship the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Sky Sports will continue its long-term association with the Ryder Cup, which it began broadcasting live in 1995, with ive coverage of the next two matches at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in 2020 and at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome in 2022.
In addition, Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage of every World Golf Championship event, including the Mexico Championship, Dell Technologies Match Play, the Bridgestone Invitational and the HSBC Champions tournament.
Sky’s renewal of European Tour golf coverage was announced on the eve of the 2018 Ryder Cup from Le Golf National in Paris, which will be broadcast exclusively live on its dedicated Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel.
Commenting on the deal, Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, said:
“At the beginning of what we believe will be another incredible Ryder Cup weekend, we’re delighted to be able to extend our long-standing partnership with the European Tour, taking it into its 30th year.
“The European Tour is a hugely important part of our golf coverage – it’s a mainstay of our dedicated channel Sky Sports Golf, and it’s something we know our customers really value. And hopefully we can begin the new deal with Europe in possession of the Ryder Cup trophy.”
European Tour chief executive, Keith Pelley, added:
“The European Tour is delighted to extend our partnership with Sky Sports into its 30th year.
“The European Tour has gone through a period of significant growth and transformation in that time, and our relationship with Sky Sports has been hugely important in terms of the content and experience we are able to provide to the fans of our wonderful sport.
“It’s important to us that our partners share our vision for the future of the European Tour and we are excited to continue to move forward with the support of Sky Sports as our key broadcast partner over the next four years.”
Sky Sports Golf has covered the majority of the sport’s biggest events in 2018, including The Open, The Masters, US Open, Ryder Cup, all five women’s Majors and every tournament from European Tour and PGA Tour.
David Livingstone, Nick Dougherty and Sarah Stirk lead the Sky Sports’ presenting team, while commentary and analysis is provided by some of the biggest names in golf, including former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, Butch Harmon, Rich Beem and Ewen Murray.
Sky Sports customers can also watch a range of golf programming across both broadcast and digital platforms including, masterclass sessions with former European Tour winners, behind the scenes access ahead of the world’s biggest events, and special documentaries.