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PGA Championship lands on CBS and ESPN in 11-year deal

All four rounds of major to be shown on ESPN+ OTT platform.

by Nick Friend

PGA Championship lands on CBS and ESPN in 11-year deal

The PGA Championship – one of golf’s four majors – has extended and expanded its US rights arrangement with American network CBS Sports, while also signing an agreement with ESPN in an 11-year multimedia deal.

Beginning in 2020, the two US broadcasters – alongside over-the-top (OTT) live sports streaming service ESPN+ – will combine to provide 175 hours of live golf across cable, digital and OTT platforms. ESPN will have exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday, as well as early weekend round action, before leading into the CBS Sports broadcast of the weekend afternoons.

After the field is cut following the second round on Friday, CBS Sports will show an additional hour on both Saturday and Sunday to what has previously been provided by the current rights deal.

ESPN+ is to broadcast every single hole from all four rounds of the competition via its live-streaming platform, as well as focusing on featured groups and individual holes over the course of the weekend.

The annual tournament, which will be held at the Harding Park course in San Francisco, will take place in May rather than its previous August slot from 2019 onwards.

The date change sees the PGA Championship become the second major of the year, following on from the Masters, which remains at the Augusta National Golf Club. This means that CBS and ESPN will be partnering to provide US coverage of both of the first two majors of the golfing year.

As an additional part of the arrangement, ESPN+ will provide live coverage of the practice round at the PGA Championship, as well as live-streaming press conferences.

ESPN executive vice president Burke Magnus said: “The PGA will bolster ESPN's diverse collection of big events and deliver another world-class competition to the ESPN+ platform and its growing audience. We look forward to working with the PGA of America to help increase the sport's popularity.”

Seth Waugh, PGA of America chief executive, added: “For nearly a half-century, CBS Sports has been a vital member of the PGA of America extended family while delivering our major championship to golf fans across the country. We are also thrilled to partner with ESPN and connect with sports fans through the reach of the ESPN networks.”

Brooks Koepka is the current reigning champion, having beaten 14-time major winner Tiger Woods by two strokes at the Bellerive Country Club, Missouri.