Golf Channel-type Network Underway in Australia

The PGA of Australia and Network Ten has announced that domestic and international golf will be broadcast into millions of homes across Australia over the next five years. The agreement will combine marquee golf tournaments from Australia, Asia and the U.S. on a single network.

The deal will see at least 12 live tournaments per year broadcast on Network Ten's new 24-hour sports channel ONE, along with supporting coverage of selected events on TEN. In addition, exclusive highlights packages of another 10 events annually will also be broadcast on ONE.

The partnership tees off this weekend with highlights of the Subaru Victorian Open followed next weekend by highlights of the Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship. Exclusive coverage of the Moonah Classic and Australia's oldest professional tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, headline the domestic events.

The deal also includes live coverage of the Michael Hill New Zealand Open, the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship, the three World Golf Championship events - the Accenture MatchPlay Championship, CA Championship and Bridgestone Invitational - as well as the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Four key Asian events including the Singapore Open, Indian Open, Thailand Open and the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia complete the international component. The deal adds to the network's existing portfolio of golf tournaments, including the year's opening two major championships, the Masters and U.S. Open, as well as the Johnnie Walker Classic and the ANZ Ladies Masters.

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