Sky And BBC Turn Down USPGA Championship

This year's USPGA Championship won't be on Sky or the BBC, report the Telegraph

Sky And BBC Turn Down USPGA Championship

This year's USPGA Championship won't be on Sky or the BBC, report the Telegraph

Sky And BBC Turn Down USPGA Championship

This year's USPGA Championship won't be on either Sky or the BBC, report the Telegraph.

Last year's tournament was broadcast on the BBC after they sealed a late deal to broadcast their first and only exclusively-live golf tournament since they lost The Open to Sky in 2016.

However, their coverage was heavily criticised with mistakes aplenty, they also struggled with no on-site commentary, having secured the deal at such short notice.

They also showed much of it behind the red button in standard definition due to the World Athletics Championship which was on the main channel.

Sky have apparently turned down the chance to regain the tournament due to its price, rumoured to be around the £7.5m per year mark, so will no longer show all four majors for the second year running.

They will be showing the Ryder Cup, however, in September to add to their coverage of The Masters, US Open and Open.

So who will show this year's USPGA Championship?

The USPGA will either show it on their website, Facebook or Twitter, or other broadcasters like BT Sport, Eurosport or Amazon Prime may step in.

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Amazon recently secured the rights to the ATP Tennis and streamed its first event at the Fever-Tree Championship at Queen's Club.

BT Sport were reportedly interested in this year's Masters so they may fancy the opportunity to broadcast their first golf tournament.

Related: 2018 Open Championship TV Coverage

Whilst it may come as a worry for golf fans, a source from the USPGA Championship told the Telegraph that “it would widely distribute” the tournament so we should all still be able to watch it, however that may be.

A deal should hopefully be done soon as the tournament gets underway in less than a month.

This year's event takes place at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri and will be the 100th USPGA Championship.

Justin Thomas defends the title he won at Quail Hollow last year.

Next year is takes place in May and will be at Bethpage State Park in New York for the first time.

The move sees the Players Championship go back to its original spot in March whilst the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship has been moved back to September.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

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