Sky Sports to launch Ryder Cup channel
Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to The 2014 Ryder Cup, offering two weeks of non-stop golf, including exclusively live coverage of the biggest event in the sport. Sky Sports 4 will become ‘Sky Sports Ryder Cup’ and will show over 330 hours of golf across 14 days, including 36 hours of live coverage from Gleneagles.
The channel goes live at 6am on Thursday, September 18 and continues until 6am on Thursday, October 2, as Sky Sports shows exclusive coverage of the Ryder Cup for the 10th time. Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “We’re dedicating a whole channel to the biggest event in golf, providing viewers with the complete Ryder Cup experience all in one place.
“There will be nowhere better for sports fans to enjoy the passion, drama and excitement of this incredible event as we’ll offer round-the-clock build up, the opening and closing ceremonies and exclusive live coverage of all three days from Gleneagles.”
For live coverage of The 2014 Ryder Cup anchor David Livingstone will be joined in the studio by former winning European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and coach to US Ryder Cup stars Butch Harmon. Jack Nicklaus, who played in five Ryder Cup teams and captained the USA twice, winning in 1983, will also be in the studio on Sunday, while commentary across the event will be provided by Royal Television Society award winners Ewen Murray and Bruce Critchley, as well as Rob Lee and Mark Roe.
On-course reporting will be provided by Howard Clark who made played in six European Ryder teams between 1977 and 1995, Richard Boxall and Tim Barter. Highlights programming will be presented by Sarah Stirk, who will be joined each day in the studio by Andrew Coltart and Nick Dougherty to review the key moments in the previous’ days matches.
From Sunday, September 21, Sky Sports News will also provide reports from Gleneagles as both teams get their first look at the PGA Centenary Course and captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson fine tune their preparation for the matches.
Sky Sports Ryder Cup will include preview shows from Sunday to Thursday of Ryder Cup week, the official opening and closing ceremonies, exclusive interview specials with Paul McGinley and Ian Poulter, and a special preview show on September 21 with Butch Harmon, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Tony Jacklin.
The channel will also show the official films from previous Ryder Cups including the ‘Miracle of Medinah,’ a highlights show every evening between 7pm and 10pm and ‘How The Ryder Cup Was Won’ from the following Monday.
Visitors to Gleneagles for The 2014 Ryder Cup will be able to access the Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel free whether they are Sky Sports subscribers or not, thanks to complimentary WIFI provided by The Ryder Cup and access to Sky Sports provided by Sky Go and NOW TV.