Sky is dedicating Sky Sports 4 to the Ryder Cup this year and will rename the channel ‘Sky Sports Ryder Cup’.
All of Sky’s exclusive coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on Sky Sports Ryder Cup from September 18 until October 2, after which the channel will revert to its original name.
The live and exclusive coverage includes the opening and closing ceremonies and commentary from Colin Montgomerie former European Ryder Cup captain and US coach Butch Harmon as well as golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, who will present on Sundays.
Sky TV customers will be able to tune into the action from 6:00am on September 18 onwards, as will Virgin TV and TalkTalk TV customers who’ve taken out Sky Sports subscriptions.
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.
“We’ll offer round-the-clock build up, the opening and closing ceremonies and exclusive live coverage of all three days from Gleneagles. We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with golf and its fitting we mark our tenth Ryder Cup on Sky Sports with an entire channel.”
Renown Scottish gold club Gleneagles will host the three day bi-annual tournament on 26-28th September 2014, the second time Scotland has ever hosted the Ryder Cup.
Last year Sky temporarily turned Sky Sports 2 into Sky Sports Ashes – home of its live cricket coverage. Sky’s Ashes broadcasting was also backed up by an excellent iPad app, which allowed viewers the chance to replay entire matches, zero in on key points from the game and wallow in a wealth of statistics and multiple camera angles – check out our hands-on video here.
It’s not know if Sky will be launching a similar second screen app to complement its Ryder Cup coverage. Sky Sports 4 is part of the Sky Sports pack of TV channels which Sky is currently selling with two years of free broadband bundled in.