Channel Nine to keep Presidents Cup on free-to-air

Free-to-air TV golf fans will breathe a sigh of relief with the news that next year’s Presidents Cup will now be televised live on Channel Nine.

After reaching an agreement with the PGA Tour, more than 27 hours of live competition will be televised when the best players in the world converge on Royal Melbourne from December 9-15, 2019.

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will captain the 2019 Presidents Cup (Credit: Presidents Cup)

Nine’s director of sport Tom Malone said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Discovery and the PGA Tour for this incredible event.”

“This is golf’s ultimate test – America versus the rest of the world, where the prizemoney is pride and bragging rights,” he said.

“With Tiger [Woods] and Ernie [Els] as captains, the stakes have never been higher.”

“You can guarantee the focus of the sporting world will be on Royal Melbourne.”

The return to Melbourne will mark the third time in the biennial event’s 25-year history that this event has been played at Royal Melbourne in Victoria’s world-famous sandbelt, after it was also held there in 1998 and 2011.

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’ US Team, 20½ to 11½.

Executive director of the Presidents Cup Matt Kamienski said the Presidents Cup showcased everything that golf stood 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 Kamienski.

“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.”

The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prizemoney.

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.