World Cup of Golf
Thursday 22 November to Sunday 25 November
Nine and 9Now will broadcast five hours of play from midday each day.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports will broadcast the 2018 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf – one of the most prestigious team events in golf – in Melbourne from Thursday, November 22, to Sunday, November 25.
The PGA Tour and Nine have partnered to broadcast the World Cup, in which two-man teams from 28 nations will represent their country at The Metropolitan Golf Club, one of Melbourne’s famed Sandbelt courses.
Fifty-six players will tee off for the largest prizemoney purse in Australian golf, with more than $9.66 million on offer in the World Cup, which is staged every two years.
The Australian pairing of Marc Leishman and World Cup debutant Cameron Smith will be among the tournament favourites, along with England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter . The quality field will include the United States team of Matt Kuchar , an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and previous World Cup champion, and two-time PGA Tour winner Kyle Stanley . A strong challenge can also be expected from World Cup champions Thorbjørn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark, who will return to Melbourne to defend the title they won there in 2016.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports will broadcast all four days of play, commencing at midday on Thursday, November 22. Nine’s coverage will be hosted by Luke Elvy and supported by expert commentator Greg Chalmers. On course, host John Swantek will be joined by expert analysts Wayne Grady, Ewan Porter, Wayne Riley and Ossie Moore.
Roving reporter Annabel Rolley will bring viewers all the big stories from the course and the clubhouse.
The first and third days of competition are a four-ball (best ball) format and the second and final days are foursomes (alternate shot) play.
The World Cup of Golf has been played in 25 countries since 1953, five times in Melbourne: 2016, 2013, 1988, 1972 and 1959. Many greats of the game have lifted the champions trophy, including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
Grady and Porter also working for Seven the weekend prior.
Surprised Todd Woodbridge wasn’t used as host, he’s seen around golf courses a lot and has a higher profile than ex-Ten golf host Luke Elvy. Also would’ve been good start before the networks first Aus Open.
I’d forgotten, but trawlling back through the 7Golf social, Todd was indeed part of Seven’s coverage last year at least.
2019 Presidents Cup
Nine to televise 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Discovery Inc, the PGA TOUR and Channel Nine today announced that Nine will bring the 2019 Presidents Cup to life for viewers in Australia when International Team Captain Ernie Els and United States Team Captain Tiger Woods bring the unique team competition to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club on December 9-15, 2019.
The broadcast agreement provides Nine with the free-to-air rights to more than 27 hours of live competition throughout the tournament.
Tom Malone, Nine’s Director of Sport, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Discovery and the PGA TOUR on this incredible event. It is golf’s ultimate test – America versus the rest of the world, where the prize money is pride and bragging rights. With Tiger and Ernie as captains, the stakes have never been higher, and you can guarantee the focus of the sporting world will be on Royal Melbourne.”
The 2019 Presidents Cup will bring the very best for fans interested in world-class team competition with the top 12 players from the United States taking on the top 12 from across the globe, excluding Europe. Australia will serve as the “home country” for the International Team. The return to Melbourne, Australia, will mark the third time in the biennial event’s 25-year history it has been held at the renowned Sandbelt course, as the event was previously held in Melbourne in 1998 and 2011 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Melbourne also holds the distinction as the site of the lone International Team’s victory in 1998, which saw Peter Thomson’s International Team defeat Jack Nicklaus’ U.S. Team, 20.5 to 11.5.
“The Presidents Cup is a showcase of everything that golf stands for from the thrilling competition, to the sportsmanship shown by the two teams to the charitable impact that will be created by the event for Australia and throughout the world,” said Matt Kamienski, executive director of the Presidents Cup. “Nine are perfect partners for our domestic programming to help us bring these elements of the event to life in front of the best sporting fans in the world.”
While golf fans can expect an incredible atmosphere and unmatched access to the competition, the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne will be a social, lifestyle and business gathering that will bring all backgrounds and interests together to enjoy a week-long festival atmosphere.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not paid for their participation, but each competitor allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the event’s inception, more than $49.1 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, as well as contributions made on behalf of the Presidents Cup, including a record charitable donation of $10.7 million from the 2017 event alone.
Why is Alicia Loxley on Nine cricket?
This will be the second time Presidents Cup is on Nine (previous telecast was 2011 at Royal Melbourne).
This is the one event Ten should have bid for, given the Supercars season will be over by then.
Alicia has hosted every game bar one of this World Cup (where Nine didn’t bother hosting at all).
Wanting a woman perhaps?
Looks like ten don’t bid for one-off marquee events. God knows what their strategy is. They’re only focus on entertainment content and that is currently a spectacular failure. They need to diversify.
I’m not sure if these events would be considered marquee though. Isn’t golf a rather niche sport in Australia?
Melbourne Cup, though.
Sorry, where’s the evidence they didn’t bid?
Pretty much. But since the major Australian golf tournaments are mainly held in Sydney or Melbourne during the day (usually finished by around 5pm, so no interference with primetime), they’re still events which would do OK in boosting the sporting profile of networks if they can afford them.
For Nine, I’d imagine they would’ve picked up the rights to the 2019 Presidents Cup (and also this year’s World Cup of Golf) to have something which partially fills gaps left by the loss of rights to Australia’s Summer of Cricket.
It’s probably more that people are expecting 10 to get every one of the rights because…CBS.
Obviously as you said we don’t know the bidding process so who knows what 10 is up to. Maybe they did bid but who knows?
Cricket was a corrupt bidding process by Cricket Australia that’s why 10 didn’t get the big bash.
The Australasian tour yes given the fall in status of events and lack of prizemoney in recent years. But Presidents Cup should be full of big names.
That said, The Vic Open (men) is now on the European Tour and the women’s tournament held concurrently is on the LPGA. Be interesting to see if any fta or pay TV pick either up. Last year they only had a (rather decent) web stream.
Its a euro tour event so it would be on Foxtel, just depends if any fta try to be involved
Especially if Tiger Woods competes for Team USA.