Golf Channel to Televise LPGA Major


McDonaldORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstams bid for a fourth straight McDonalds LPGA Championship victory this June will be seen exclusively on The Golf Channel through a new deal that gives the network exclusive rights to air the second major championship on the LPGA Tour calendar through 2008.
The three-year deal also gives the cable network the right to broadcast The Golf Channel-produced event throughout the United Kingdom.
Were proud to add to our lineup one of the great LPGA majors that supports a great cause, said David Manougian, president of The Golf Channel, referring to the more than $43 million raised by the event for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The quality field this tournament attracts year after year will showcase yet another marquee, action-packed event on The Golf Channel, and will provide testament to the passion we create for the game among our viewers.
Brian Hammons and former LPGA Tour standout Dottie Pepper will serve as host and analyst of the telecast. Veteran broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis, who has reported at the McDonalds LPGA Championship the last several years for The Golf Channel and CBS Sports, will call the action from several critical holes, including the tower at the 17th, while LPGA Tour veterans Kay Cockerill and Rosie Jones ' who also will compete in the tournament ' will handle reporting on the course.
The 2005 McDonalds LPGA Championship featured Sorenstam holding off Michelle Wie en route to winning her fifth straight major championship. Sorenstams three-stroke victory over the then 15-year-old amateur earned her a place in history as the first LPGA player to win the same major championship three years in a row.
We are excited to announce this years McDonalds LPGA Championship, Presented by Coca-Cola, will be broadcast exclusively on The Golf Channel, said Herb Lotman, co-founder of the McDonalds LPGA Championship. Golfs premier cable network will televise the Championship live all four days with evening replays. This is a
wonderful opportunity for the Championship to bring to golf fans a minimum of sixteen hours of the worlds greatest lady golfers playing at Bulle Rock, a five-star venue, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities and other childrens charities. Maximizing our number of hours on TV is a win-win situation for everyone...the Tournament, The Golf Channel, and especially the fans.
Exclusive coverage of the McDonalds LPGA Championship begins Thursday, June 8 and continues through Sunday, June 11.
Cable televisions undisputed leader in live tournament coverage, The Golf Channel will continue to air a minimum of 10 official LPGA events each year through 2009, as well as carrying complete, shot-by-shot coverage of the 2007 and 2009 Solheim Cup match-play competitions.