Wednesday, December 03, 2008

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — All four rounds of the Women's British Open will air live in the United States for the first time beginning in 2010.

ESPN and tournament organizer Royal & Ancient Golf agreed to an eight-year contract announced Wednesday. The deal includes digital coverage and expanded rights for ESPN International.

A same-day encore will air Sunday on ABC, the broadcast partner of ESPN.

Coverage of the Women's British Open had been split between TNT and ABC.

"The LPGA is extremely pleased with this new television agreement for the Ricoh Women's British Open," said Carolyn Bivens, the commissioner of the LPGA, which sanctions the championship. "This broadcast arrangement for the only women's major held outside the United States simply reinforces the remarkable international growth of women's golf."

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