Sky Sports “Golf Night” Review

Following my blog on the fact Sky Sports have lost the USPGA Tour to the new Setanta Golf Channel I thought it would be useful to comment on Sky’s new offering. In place of their two previous golf programmes, one exclusively for the European Tour and the other for the USPGA, comes a new one called “Golf Night” for 2007, broadcast Thursday through to Sunday from 8pm.

Golf Night is presented by Robert Lee and Di Stewart and features live and recorded action from the latest European Tour event. In addition there are interviews with players and previews of forthcoming events with golf instruction tips and advice from experts such as Denis Pugh, Tim Barter and Scott Cranfield.

Lee won twice on the European Tour and his transition to main presenter over the past few years has been a great success, his strength is in never taking the game too seriously – this is part of his attraction. His co presenter Stewart has progressed through the ranks at Sky and first impressions are excellent.

Often they are joined in the studio by my favourite on course reporter Richard Boxall. This former European Tour player combines an invaluable knowledge of the game with great wit – always a pleasure to listen to.

With the lack of USPGA Tour coverage Sky have decided to feature more player interviews as a play of educating the viewer further about the European Tour.

The following three exclusives were recently featured on the show:

Butch Harmon explains how he came to coach the young Tiger Woods.

Ian Poulter talks to Mark Roe about his new clothing range as a way of having business interests once his playing days are over.

Notah Begay gives his views on golf having qualified through the European Tour Qualifying school last year.

This week Golf Night will feature live coverage from the first of the four World Golf Championship tournaments. Furthermore you can catch live action from the US Open and the USPGA Championship later on in the year.

What’s your view of “Golf Night”, please leave a comment below.

One Response to “Sky Sports “Golf Night” Review”

  1. trumpet man says:

    I am devastated that Sky has lost out with regards USPGA. I only subscribed to Sky for this and now i have to pay somebody else for the pleasure. The tedium that is Sunday evening simply has to have golf to revive it and i’m sorry but the European Tour just can’t supply the interest that Tiger, Els, Mickelson, etc provide on regular basis. On the plus side Di Stewart is quite a sight and I find myself lost in admiring her presence and her dress sense. The interviews are okay but what we want is LIVE quality golf not thrid party gossip about it.

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