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LPGA announces 2-year streaming deal with ESPN

Lydia Ko with LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan being award the player of the year trophy after winning the 2022 CME Group Tour Golf Championship at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.  (Chris Tilley)

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The LPGA and ESPN announced a two-year streaming agreement on Thursday.

The network will stream eight LPGA Tour events live and exclusively on ESPN+ through the 2025 season.

The “Featured Group” coverage will follow the rounds of four featured groups, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

“We are excited to partner with ESPN+ to elevate women’s golf,” commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said. “The LPGA represents the best of the best and we’re thrilled to be able to offer more opportunities for fans to watch these incredible athletes perform on the biggest stage. Fans are in for a real treat as we create unique broadcasts to bring them closer to the action.”

The agreement includes this week’s CME Group Tour Championship and the same event in 2024. A full list of LPGA Tour events on ESPN+ will be announced next year.

“ESPN’s commitment to covering world-class golf and women’s sports has never been stronger, and having more of the LPGA on ESPN+ is a vital component of that commitment,” said Tim Bunnell, senior vice president of ESPN Programming and International. “With PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+, the Masters, PGA Championship, TGL, and now the LPGA on ESPN+, we’re bringing more golf to more fans than ever before.”

The LPGA Tour has a longstanding relationship with ESPN, dating back to coverage of the Sahara Open on Sept. 8, 1979 — the network’s second day on the air.

–Field Level Media