The Golf Channel to Televise 2003 Solheim Cup


PHOENIX -- The Solheim Cup, the biennial match-play event featuring the 12 best U.S.-born players from the LPGA Tour and the 12 best European-born players from the Evian Ladies European Tour, will be televised by The Golf Channel. The three-day event Sept. 12-14 in Malmo, Sweden, is scheduled to be broadcast live on The Golf Channel in its entirety, a first for the event.
The Golf Channels nearly 40 hours of Solheim Cup coverage is more than three times as many total televised hours than the event featured in 2002. The Golf Channels more than 53 million U.S. households audience, combined with worldwide distribution of the telecast, will allow fans from around the globe direct access to the entire Solheim Cup experience. NBC previously produced and aired The Solheim Cup with a complement of coverage from The Golf Channel.
With this move to The Golf Channel, we are able to expand the number of hours televised to deliver complete coverage to fans in the United States, said LPGA Commissioner Ty M. Votaw. For the first time ever in the United States, The Solheim Cup will be broadcast live from start to finish each day, allowing viewers to experience the drama of the unique team competition featuring the very best in womens professional golf.
The Golf Channel has been a valued television partner of the LPGA since its creation, and this years coverage of The Solheim Cup will offer fans worldwide the most comprehensive broadcast of our most compelling international team competition.
The Golf Channel will televise at least 27 hours of live golf during this years Solheim Cup, plus both the opening and closing ceremonies and a 30-minute wrap-up show after the first two days of competition. In addition, The Golf Channel will re-air three hours of the most compelling portions from each days competition, which will air in primetime.
We believe that core golfers will be best served if they have the opportunity to see the entire Solheim Cup from start to finish, and that is what The Golf Channel will provide to viewers, including coverage of the opening ceremony, said John A. Solheim, PING chairman and CEO, whose company sponsors The Solheim Cup and was a charter advertising sponsor of The Golf Channel in 1995.
'We're very proud that our network will be the only place to see one of the most prestigious events in all of women's sports,' said The Golf Channel President David Manougian. 'This valued partnership with the LPGA and PING not only will offer Golf Channel viewers a complete slate of live action from Sweden, but also will provide them a showcase of additional programming around the competition, such as news, analysis, player interviews and profiles.'