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Golf fans can immerse themselves in all things Ryder Cup through a new pop-up channel on Sky Sports.

As the build-up to the bi-yearly matchplay event continues, Sky Sports 4 has become Sky Sports Ryder Cup.

The action gets underway at Gleneagles on Friday September 26th, with TV viewers able to enjoy 36 hours of live coverage over the competition weekend.

But ahead of the first tee shots being struck, Sky Sports Ryder Cup will air hundreds of hours of archive footage, plus live action from the European Tour.

Dedicated golf coverage will continue on the pop-up channel until 6am on Thursday October 2nd.

This year's event is the 40th staging of the Ryder Cup and the tenth time the US v Europe clash has been aired live on Sky Sports.

To mark this milestone, the European Tour has presented Sky Sports with a replica Ryder Cup trophy, plus signed golf bags from the 2012 teams.

Over the last two decades, the scale of the Sky Sports operation on the ground has increased to support the breadth of coverage available.

Some 1,440km of cables will be used in 2014, along with more than 80 cameras - more than double the number in 1995 - and eight edit suites - compared to one in 1997.

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said television coverage of the Ryder Cup "has become synonymous with Sky Sports" over the last 20 years.

"So, to coincide with the launch of the magnificent new Sky ‘hub’ studios and the re-named Sky Sports News HQ channel, we are delighted to contribute a replica Ryder Cup and two superb items of signed memorabilia from that memorable contest," he stated.

Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive of Sky, said the broadcaster is "incredibly proud" of its long-standing partnership with the European Tour and two decades covering the Ryder Cup.

"It’s a globally prestigious event that never fails to grip the nation and inspire new fans to the game," he stated.

“For all of the technological advances in the world, some things never change and that’s the determination to win that is on show every two years as the teams go head to head for the much coveted cup."

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