ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Golf Channel announced today that six-time major winner and popular golf analyst Nick Faldo will join its team of broadcasters, and will serve as the networks main analyst for PGA TOUR coverage.
Faldos multi-year agreement will commence in 2007 when The Golf Channel will kick off its 15-year partnership with the PGA TOUR as the exclusive cable home for its official money events. Viewers will first see him during the networks full, four-round coverage of the first three events on the 2007 tournament calendar, which include the Mercedes Championships, Sony Open and Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Adding someone of Nicks caliber to our team will be a great asset to our network, said David Manougian, chief executive officer of The Golf Channel. And because of his versatility and various interests, we can explore ideas for him other than solely golf telecasts.
Nicks incomparable style, intimate knowledge of the game and credibility as a six-time major winner will take our coverage to the next level, said Golf Channel Executive Producer Tony Tortorici.
I am very excited to be joining The Golf Channel team, said Faldo. Ive gained some valuable experience and insight into broadcasting over the last couple of years, and I am now looking forward to taking it to the next level. With The Golf Channels long-term commitment to the TOUR it really was an easy decision for me to make. Together we are excited about the prospect of building a new team and giving the consumer a great insight into the world of golf, with some entertainment along the way.
Faldo has been one of golfs most compelling personalities, both on and off the course. His playing credentials include 42 worldwide victories ' three Masters and three Open Championship titles, and 11 Ryder Cup appearances ' and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997. His business interests are considerable and range from golf instruction schools, golf course design, hotels and restaurants and estate wines. Currently, his work as co-analyst for ABC Sports golf coverage has garnered him critical acclaim.
The Golf Channels annual coverage will feature early-round coverage of the entire FedEx Cup season, including the World Golf Championships, THE TOUR Championship ' the official end of the points season that will determine the FedEx Cup winner and provide what will be sports largest payoff ' and THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA TOURs crown jewel.
In addition to the seasons first three events, included in the package will be 12 additional full, four-round events, including the seven official money events following THE TOUR Championship. The network also will provide full coverage of the five tournaments played opposite golfs majors and World Golf Championships.
The Golf Channel (www.thegolfchannel.com), co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMSK), is available in more than 90 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. It features a programming schedule that includes more live golf coverage than any other network ' an extensive blend of golf competition from around the world ' as well as news, instruction and original productions, such as the popular The Big Break.
In addition to being the exclusive television home of the Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Canadian Tour, The Golf Channel is the exclusive cable home of the Champions Tour and televises other competition from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, USGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour of Southern Africa. Beginning in 2007, The Golf Channel will be the exclusive cable home of the PGA TOUR.