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April 25, 2024

Long drive Championship inks ESPN deal

By Alabama Golf News Staff
World Long Drive

NEW YORK – World Long Drive announced a deal with ESPN to air four events on ESPN2, plus an additional 47 hours of coverage to be streamed on ESPN+ in 2024.

ESPN2 will air three WLD majors this season plus a celebrity event: WLD MB Celebrity Shootout presented by Hyundai in Huntington Beach, California (July 11); WLD Endless Summer Invitational in Belleville, Ontario (July 18); WLD Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina (July 25); and the WLD Championship in Atlanta (August 11).

“World Long Drive is an exciting addition to ESPN’s industry-leading golf portfolio, showing that our commitment to golf has never been stronger,” said Tim Bunnell, senior vice president, ESPN Programming and International. “ESPN is bringing more golf to more fans than ever with the Masters, PGA Championship, PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+, LPGA on ESPN+, TGL, and now World Long Drive.”

In addition to ESPN, World Long Drive will once again be featured on Golf Channel this year as the network will broadcast the Women’s Division finals and the Military Division finals in Fort Jackson on July 24 and the Women’s Division World Championship on August 12. 

Events to air on ESPN2, ESPN+

The summer will feature WLD’s second and third majors of the year, beginning June 14-15 with WLD Endless Summer Invitational at Trillium Wood Golf Club in Belleville, Ontario. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds of the Open Division and semifinal, as well as the final rounds of the Women’s Division, will broadcast on July 18 on ESPN2.

All divisions will then test the grid in Columbia, South Carolina, for WLD Fort Jackson, held July 19-22 at Fort Jackson Golf Club. The Women’s and Military Division semifinals and final will air on July 24 from 6-7 p.m. EST on Golf Channel. The final twelve Open Division competitors will be shown on July 25 on ESPN2. All preliminary qualifying rounds will air live on ESPN+. 

Leading up to the WLD Fort Jackson event, the Army’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program will organize and operate 12 military long drive qualifiers at military golf courses across the country. WLD will provide golf balls, and more, as active and retired military personnel from all branches compete for a coveted spot in the ESPN2-broadcasted Military Long Drive Championship within the Fort Jackson event.

The 2024 season will conclude at Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta with the WLD Championship August 8-11. The culminating matches between the final 12 Open Division competitors will air on ESPN 2 on August 11. The final 12 Women’s Division competitors will air on The Golf Channel on August 12 from 7-9 .m. CST. All preliminary qualifying rounds will be streamed  on ESPN+.

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