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PGA, NBC extend Senior PGA, Ryder Cup agreement

NBC Sports and the PGA of America reached an agreement in July 2005, extending television rights for two premier golf events conducted by the PGA of America -- the Ryder Cup and the Senior PGA Championship through the year 2014.

NEW YORK and PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- NBC Sports reached an agreement in July 2005 with The PGA of America to extend television rights of the Ryder Cup and the Senior PGA Championship through 2014. The announcement was made by Dick Ebersol, Chairman NBC Universal Sports and Olympics, PGA of America President Roger Warren and former Chief Executive Officer Jim Awtrey.

"The PGA of America is proud to continue to entrust NBC Sports with presenting two of golf's oldest and most prestigious championships to the American public," said Warren. "The Ryder Cup has consistently produced some of golf's most memorable moments and, since 1991, NBC has been there to present them in dramatic fashion."

Ebersol said: "We look forward to continuing our relationship with the PGA of America and broadcasting the Ryder Cup through 2014. In our 15 years of broadcasting the Ryder Cup, we have been blessed with some extremely exciting competitions that have led to such dramatic broadcasts. The pride and genuine nationalism displayed by the players at the Ryder Cup makes it a unique event that sports fans can identify with as something very special."

The Ryder Cup, among the last great sporting events founded on prestige rather than prize money, spans 25 competitions over 79 years, pitting 12 of America's best golfers against Europe's in a three-day, match play competition. Europe defeated the United States 18O to 9O in record-setting fashion at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich. NBC Sports has broadcast every Ryder Cup since the 1991 competition in Kiawah Island, S.C.

"The PGA of America has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the NBC Sports team, guided by Dick Ebersol," said then PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Jim L. Awtrey. "We are excited about this extension of this relationship and what it means to golf and golf fans throughout the country."

The 36th Ryder Cup will be held at the K Club in Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland, Sept. 22-24, 2006; the 37th Ryder Cup will be played at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 2008; the 38th Ryder Cup will be played at Celtic Manor in Wales, Sept. 2010; the 39th Ryder Cup will be played at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., Sept. 2012, and the 40th Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sept. 2014.

Since 1937, golf's best professionals have been competing for the Senior PGA Championship's coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Past champions include Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Tom Watson and Hale Irwin.

Mike Reid won in a playoff at the 66th Senior PGA Championship on May 29, 2005 at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. The 67th Senior PGA Championship will be played at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla., May 22-28 and the 68th Senior PGA Championship will be played at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, S.C. in 2007.

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

The Ryder Cup and Senior PGA Championship are two of the premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

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