The agreement follows the announcement earlier this year, that Sky Sports will be the new home of golf’s preeminent Major championship. The historic tournament has proved fruitful for Irish golfers recently, with 4 Irish wins since 2007, including victories for Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and back-to-back wins for Padraig Harrington.
Sky Sports will now begin its coverage a year early and will offer unprecedented round-the-clock programming including live coverage of all four days play in their entirety.
The agreement means that next year, Sky Sports viewers can enjoy all four Majors, the Ryder Cup, The European Tour and PGA Tour, as well as a host of other live events and programming.
Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, said: “We’re pleased to begin our commitment to The Open a year early and look forward to bringing unprecedented coverage of this wonderful Championship. We have exciting plans to take coverage of The Open to the next level across our TV, mobile and digital outlets.”
The British Open joins an unrivalled schedule of sport on Sky in 2016, including more Barclays Premier League football than ever before, PRO12 and ERCC rugby, GAA and Formula 1.
Sky Sports will offer live coverage of all four days from Royal Troon including extended build-up throughout the week, and support programming available across its channels and digital outlets. Content will also be available to view online, on mobile and tablet devices giving viewers the freedom to watch however they choose.
Golf coverage features on Sky Sports every week of the year and the studio’s golf analysis team, with some of the sport’s biggest names including Colin Montgomerie, Butch Harmon and Paul McGinley.
Sky has pioneered golf innovations to continually develop the coverage and to bring fans closer to the sport, including showing all three days in full of The Ryder Cup, HD, 3D, interactive and multi-platform coverage, and more in-depth analysis through the Shot Centre and Sky Cart.
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