Golf Channel to carry LPGA tour

10-year deal kicks off with 2010 events

NEW YORK -- The Golf Channel said Wednesday that it has reached a deal to carry the LPGA Tour exclusively on cable beginning next year.

Financial terms of the 10-year rights deal weren't disclosed. But the channel said that the LPGA is the only stand-alone women's professional sports association that will receive a rights fee for domestic TV coverage.

The Comcast-owned sports channel has had a relationship with the LPGA since 1995. In the past several years, the Golf Channel has carried the Solheim Cup and the McDonald's LPGA Championship.

The new deal will include the Solheim Cup as well as three- and four-round coverage of domestic LPGA events and one major international feed and early rounds of LPGA tournaments that are picked up on broadcast nets on the weekends.