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Sky Sports dedicates entire channel to The 2014 Ryder Cup

Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to The 2014 Ryder Cup – offering golf fans two weeks of non-stop action, including exclusively live coverage of one of the biggest events in sport.

Sky Sports 4 will be renamed ‘Sky Sports Ryder Cup’ for the duration of the event and will show over 300 hours of golf across 14 packed days, including 36 hours of live coverage from Gleneagles.

The channel goes live at 6am on Thursday, September 18 and continues until 6am on Thursday, October 2.

“We’re dedicating a whole channel to the biggest event in golf, providing viewers with the complete Ryder Cup experience all in one place, said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.

“There will be nowhere better for sports fans to enjoy the passion, drama and excitement of this incredible event as we’ll offer round-the-clock build up, the opening and closing ceremonies and exclusive live coverage of all three days from Gleneagles.

“We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with golf and its fitting we mark our tenth Ryder Cup on Sky Sports with an entire channel.

"We can’t wait.”

George O’ Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “The dedication shown by Sky Sports in showcasing both The European Tour and The Ryder Cup is matched only by the continued excellence and innovation of their programming, as will be further illustrated by the ‘Sky Sports Ryder Cup’ channel this September.”

He added: “We are extremely proud of our relationship with Sky Sports and we thank them for their continued commitment and look forward to working together at Gleneagles and beyond.”

Paul McGinley, European Ryder Cup captain and ambassador for Sky, explained: “The Ryder Cup is a truly unique sporting spectacle, full of drama, excitement and passion, all of which has been brought to life for the television viewers over the years by Sky Sports.

“Having worked with the Sky Sports team at major golf events for the past couple of years, I know the professionalism and enthusiasm in place for our sport, all of which will go together to produce a feast of television for golf fans in September.”

Sky Sports Ryder Cup will be jam-packed with golf programmes including previews from Sunday to Thursday of Ryder Cup week, the official opening and closing ceremonies, exclusive interview specials with Paul McGinley and Ian Poulter, as well as a special preview show on September 21 with Butch Harmon, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Tony Jacklin.

On top of all this, the channel will also be showing the official films from previous Ryder Cups such as the infamous ‘Miracle of Medinah’ and a highlights show is due to be aired every evening between 7pm and 10pm, along with a ‘How The Ryder Cup Was Won’ show from the following Monday.

For those visiting Gleneagles for The 2014 Ryder Cup, Sky is offering free access to the Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel even if you aren't a subscriber, thanks to complimentary WIFI provided by The Ryder Cup.

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