Date: September 07, 2016

Seven commits to bumper summer of golf

The Seven Network today confirmed an agreement for all-encompassing coverage of the World Cup of Golf to be played in November.

Seven’s agreement for the World Cup of Golf delivers all rights in Australia including free-to-air broadcast television, subscription television rights and expands to Seven’s digital platforms including online, mobile and social media.

The World Cup of Golf will be played from 24-27 November at Melbourne's Kingston Heath.

The event – first played in 1953 – is one of the oldest and most prestigious global golf team events. The 2016 World Cup of Golf will be the 58th staging of the event.  Names such as Snead, Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer, Trevino, Faldo, Ballesteros, Langer, Woods, Els and Day have all been able to call themselves World Cup champions.

Australia has won the World Cup five times, with Jason Day and Adam Scott the most recent champions in 2013.

Seven’s partnership with the World Cup of Golf builds on Seven’s coverage of the Emirates Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship, along with The Masters from Augusta.

The agreement further strengthens Seven’s leadership as the television network of major international events held in Australia, building on Seven’s coverage of the Australian Open, the World Swimming Championships, the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, the Rugby World Cup in 2003 and the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in 2017 and Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.  Seven is the network of the Olympic Games in Rio and will also broadcast the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and the Olympic Games in 2020.  Seven is also the network of the Paralympic Games.

Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and host Tour member of the International Federation of PGA Tours, said: “Seven is Australia’s No.1 television network and a strong supporter of Australian golf already, so the PGA is thrilled that Seven has secured the broadcast rights for the World Cup of Golf.

"With the Emirates Australian Open the week before and the Australian PGA Championship the week after the World Cup, Australian golf fans can look forward to watching three consecutive weeks of world class golf on Channel Seven. On behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours and PGA we applaud Seven for their vision and their support of Australian Golf.”