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Sky Sports secures 2019 Solheim Cup rights with Ladies European Tour deal

Tuesday, May 8th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky has extended an agreement with the Ladies European Tour that will see more women’s golf shown on Sky Sports throughout 2018 and until the end of next year.

The extended deal takes the broadcast partnership into its 20th year and secures coverage of the 2019 Solheim Cup from Gleneagles for Sky, which has been showing the tournament live since 1996.

It also means Sky will be showing coverage of every Ladies European Tour event either live or via a highlights programme, as well as continuing to broadcast all five women’s golf Majors.

The first tournament to be broadcast as part of the new deal is the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which take place between 26 and 29 July and will feature some of the biggest names in the sport including Charley Hull, Mel Reid, Georgia Hall and Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew.

Mark Lichtenhein, chairman of the Ladies European Tour, said: “We are thrilled to continue working with Sky to keep the spotlight on women’s golf over the coming months, especially as we build towards next year’s exciting Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.

'The home of women's golf'

“This announcement underlines their position as the home of women’s golf and demonstrates a clear commitment to women in sport.”

Sky Sports’ line-up of women’s sport also includes coverage of England international netball, rugby and cricket matches, Vitality Superleague netball including the Grand Final in July and the return of cricket’s Kia Super League on 22 July.

Jason Wessely, head of Sky Sports Golf, said: “The depth of women’s sport on Sky is stronger than ever and our partnership with the Ladies European Tour is a key part of that.

“Last year we saw a huge increase in viewing of women’s golf and Sky Sports Golf is committed to shining the spotlight on the women’s game. Our broadcast schedule is packed with some great tournaments and with so many young, female golfers coming through and with such fierce competition at the top of the game – hopefully the public can really get behind women’s golf.”

Sky TV customers can add the dedicated Sky Sports Golf channel to their package for an additional £18 a month, or all of the Sky Sports channels for £20 as long as you don't mind committing to an 18-month contract.

If you're with Virgin, BT or TalkTalk you can also add Sky Sports to your TV package but it will cost you a bit more. Or you can get a NOW TV Sky Sports pass for a day, a week or a month and just watch the tournaments you're interested in.

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