Presidents Cup to be Shown on GOLF CHANNEL

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ORLANDO, Fla. ' GOLF CHANNEL has added exclusive, early-round coverage of The Presidents Cup to its tournament lineup starting in 2009, and will put its own mark on the telecast by offering viewers a second chance to watch with replays in prime time and originating its signature nightly news programming from Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif.
 
With The Presidents Cup and the recently added early-round coverage of the Senior PGA Championship added to a budding list of major events, GOLF CHANNEL continues to add some of golfs most prestigious tournaments to its programming schedule.
 
The Presidents Cup will be a great complement to our schedule, said GOLF CHANNEL President Page Thompson. As the exclusive cable home of the PGA TOUR and the only place to watch The European Tour in the United States, our viewers are very familiar with both top U.S. and international players. They certainly will appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to watch many of the international stars theyve come to know compete against the biggest names in America in one of the most prestigious match-play events in the world.
 
In less than 15 years, The Presidents Cup has grown from little more than an idea to the incredible event it is today ' a world-class competition that brings together the games best in the spirit of goodwill and friendship, said Ed Moorhouse, PGA TOUR Co-Chief Operating Officer. We are pleased that GOLF CHANNEL, which has been a great TOUR partner over the years, will host early-round coverage of The Presidents Cup, bringing viewers a wealth of golf knowledge and insight for what is always a thrilling event.
 
The Presidents Cup is a biennial event that pits players from the United States and non-European countries in a team, match-play competition. The 2009 event will take place Oct. 8-11 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, where Fred Couples will lead the U.S. Team and Greg Norman will lead the Internationals. Both are major championship winners and both have played in The Presidents Cup during their stellar careers, a first in The Presidents Cup history. In 2011, The Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. Team has claimed victory in five of the seven events played since the competition began in 1994 (the 2003 event resulted in a memorable tie when Tiger Woods and Ernie Els dueled into a twilight, sudden-death playoff).
 
In addition to a generous schedule of live Presidents Cup coverage each day, GOLF CHANNEL will replay coverage in prime time. The network also will produce Live From The Presidents Cup from the tournament site all four days, which will feature the networks unparalleled news coverage, interviews and analysis from The Presidents Cup and the entire world of golf.