The American PGA and LPGA tours have announced agreements with Sky that will return their tournament coverage to broadcast television in New Zealand.

The LPGA coverage begins this week with Lydia Ko in the Women's PGA Championship. PGA Tour coverage will switch back to Sky for The Greenbrier Classic, the week of July 4-10.

The PGA and LPGA, through separate agreements with Spark's Coliseum Sports Media/Lightbox venture, launched subscription services in 2015 known as PGA Tour Live and World Golf Pass.

The PGA Tour statement said that "while subscriber levels were healthy and the product was excellent, it became apparent after more than a year that many New Zealand golf fans did not have the necessary comfort in their broadband connectivity to maximise the viewing experience".


"The best course of action was to return to broadcast television and Sky Sport," the statement said.

PGA Tour coverage will remain on PGA Tour Live until the week of The Greenbrier Classic, after which existing subscribers will be fully refunded for the remainder of their subscription.