The magic of Augusta and the Masters Tournament returns as the first major championship gets underway at golf’s most famous course and you can follow all the drama with Sky Sports and BBC Sport.
World number one Tiger Woods may be out injured, but there are plenty of big stars ready to stake their claim, including last year’s winner, Adam Scott, who with a second major win could snatch top spot in the world rankings.
This time 12 months ago, Australia were celebrating their first winner of the Masters when Scott beat former champion Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death play-off.
The 2013 competition produced a thrilling four days of golf that had just about everything, including a dramatic play-off to decide the eventual winner of the green jacket.
Scott overcame his 2012 Open Championship demons to claim the green jacket for the first time in a play-off with 2009 champion Cabrera and with it become the first Australian to claim the Masters green jacket, some 17 years after his compatriot Greg Norman came so close himself.
Always heralded as a future major champion in his youth, Scott held his nerve to shoot a final round 69, while many of his rivals faltered, to secure his elusive first major glory.
He holed a 15-foot birdie putt to see off Cabrera at the second extra hole in fading light, securing his maiden major title in dramatic circumstances.
It is now 18 years since a Briton – Sir Nick Faldo – last won the prized green jacket, but boosted by Justin Rose’s triumph in 2013’s US Open, there are high hopes of British success this time around.
From Great Britain, major winners Rose, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell should all be in contention come the final round, but look out for Masters master Lee Westwood; the 40-year-old may not have won a major but in his past six starts at Augusta he has only finished out of the top 11 once.
McIlroy is in excellent form this year after a forgettable 2013 as he seeks to add a coveted green jacket to his 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA titles.
However, the Northern Irishman has painful memories of Augusta National. He had a four-shot lead heading into the final round in 2011 and ended tied fifteenth.
Then there’s the likes of Spaniard Sergio Garcia, Race to Dubai-FedEx Cup double winner Henrik Stenson, three-time Masters champ Phil Mickelson and serial major runner-up Jason Day to look forward to watching play on the wonderful fairways and greens of Augusta.
The Masters haven’t had a back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002, but could it be Scott’s compatriot Jason Day who spoils his title defence?
Day has been in good form in 2014 and has impressive Masters pedigree, finishing third behind Scott and Cabrera last year and also has a second-place finish to his name from 2011.
Augusta is the magical setting for the first golf major of the year as the world’s best players aim to secure the most coveted jacket in sport – the Masters green jacket – and you can follow the 78th Masters with Sky Sports and BBC Sport on April 10-13.
SOTB’s viewing guide to the 2014 Masters Tournament on Sky Sports & BBC TV:
Golf’s finest players go head-to-head for the coveted Masters green jacket and the only place to see all of the action unfold is with Sky Sports.
All four days of the Augusta showpiece from April 10-13, as well as the pre-tournament Par 3 contest, will be shown live, plus there will be a comprehensive range of support programming and extra interactive options.
Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports 4 HD will be solely dedicated to the 78th Masters all week, from preview shows and official films on Monday, the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday and live coverage from Thursday to Sunday, with the first two days exclusively live.
Due to a long-standing tradition, live TV coverage of the Masters Tournament is restricted to the latter few hours of each round, but Sky Sports will be screening all 23 hours of live continuous coverage available from host broadcasters CBS, with at least an extra hour’s build-up to full live coverage each day.
David Livingstone presents all five days of live coverage from the Sky Sports studio overlooking the course, starting on Wednesday with the Par 3 Contest, followed by all four rounds of the Masters from Thursday to Sunday.
15-time Masters competitor Colin Montgomerie and Butch Harmon, son of 1948 Masters champion Claude Harmon and the man who coached both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to glory in this event, will once again be part of the commentary team, and golfing legend Jack Nicklaus will again be part of the Sky Sports studio team in the build-up to the opening and final rounds.
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will also link up with the Sky Sports team for the first time at the Masters, while the veteran duo of Ewen Murray and Bruce Critchley will guide golf fans through each day’s play.
On the course, Mark Roe provides roving reports as he follows the key groups and Tim Barter will interview the key figures in the clubhouse.
All of Sky Sports’ extensive live coverage will be complemented by a extensive interactive service, allowing golf fans to keep abreast of the latest score, see highlights of the day’s key shots, focus on select groups and the holes at the famous Amen Corner, and much more.
These features and more will be available on the Sky Sports iPad app, including live streaming, leaderboards and live Twitter updates.
Every morning during the tournament, Rob Lee presents Masters Breakfast live on Sky Sports 4 HD at 9.00am alongside Andrew Coltart and David Howell, giving viewers the chance to catch up on all the best moments of the previous day’s action.
Plus, throughout the week on Sky Sports 4 there will be special shows including episodes on Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus in Sporting Greats, interviews with Ian Woosnam and Tony Jacklin in Sporting Heroes, and The Masters Official Film, which looks back at some of the great victories of the past.
Sky Sports News will also bring fans all the latest news from Augusta with Kirsty Gallagher reporting direct from the course.
Viewers can also get all the breaking news, live scores, course guide and additional information about the tournament via Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters microsite.
Follow @SkySportsGolf on Twitter for all the latest news and updates throughout the week from Augusta.
Whoever prevails with the green jacket on Sunday, Sky Sports is the place to be to see all the drama play out.
Monday 7th April Masters Countdown Live 7.30pm-8.00pm Sky Sports News / Sky Sports 4 Masters: Drive, Pitch & Putt 8.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Wednesday 9th April The Masters: Par 3 Tournament LIVE 7.00pm-10.30pm Sky Sports 4 Thursday 10th April Masters Breakfast 9.00am-12.00pm Sky Sports 4 THE MASTERS: DAY 1 LIVE 7.00pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 | Live play from 8.00pm Amen Corner / Featured Groups / Selected Holes 3.45pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 (Red Button) Friday 11th April Masters Breakfast
9.00am-12.00pm Sky Sports 4 THE MASTERS: DAY 2 LIVE 7.00pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 | Live play from 8.00pm Amen Corner / Featured Groups / Selected Holes 3.45pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 (Red Button) Saturday 12th April Masters Breakfast
9.00am-12.00pm Sky Sports 4 THE MASTERS: DAY 3 LIVE 7.00pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 | Live play from 8.00pm Amen Corner / Featured Groups / Selected Holes 4.45pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 (Red Button) Sunday 13th April Masters Breakfast
9.00am-12.00pm Sky Sports 4 THE MASTERS: DAY 4 LIVE 6.00pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 | Live play from 7.00pm Amen Corner / Featured Groups / Selected Holes 4.45pm-12.30am Sky Sports 4 (Red Button) Monday 14th April How the 2013 Masters Was Won 8.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 4
BBC Sport will again broadcast free-to-air coverage of the first major championship of the calendar year at Augusta National.
As in the past three years, extended highlights of the opening two days play will be shown on BBC Two and BBC One on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon respectively, followed by live and uninterrupted coverage on Saturday and Sunday evenings of the crucial final two rounds.
Hazel Irvine presents all of BBC TV’s coverage throughout the week, including a special preview show ahead of the tournament on Wednesday evening at 11.20pm.
The BBC will take the international TV feed provided by host broadcaster CBS for its live coverage on Saturday and Sunday, which totals to 11 hours of continuous free-to-air action.
Veteran golf broadcaster Peter Alliss leads the BBC’s Masters commentary team alongside regulars Ken Brown and Andrew Cottrer.
Joining the BBC commentary team this year will former PGA Championship winner 2008 Ryder Cup winning captain Paul Azinger, who will link up with Aliss, Brown and Cotter for all four days of the tournament, as well as provide expert studio analysis.
Rishi Persad will report from around the course and conduct interviews with the key players following each of their rounds.
All of the BBC’s television coverage will be broadcast in high-definition on either BBC Two HD or BBC One HD, plus there will be more interactive options than ever before available via BBC Sport website, app and Red Button.
There will be up to seven live video streams available on Saturday and Sunday via mobile, tablet, desktop and Connected TV, with a selection of these streams will be available on BBC Red Button.
Get closer to the world’s best as they prepare on the practice range, see all the players play through the iconic Amen Corner, follow the leading groups through their entire round or catch-up with them as they reach holes 15 and the stunning par three 16th.
BBC Radio 5 live will have full live commentary on all four days of the tournament presented by Mark Chapman, with commentary led by 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter alongside John Murray, Alistair Bruce-Ball, plus analysis from Jay Townsend and Andrew Magee.
Tuesday 8th April The Masters 2013 Review 1.50pm-2.45pm BBC Two Wednesday 9th April The Masters 2014 Preview 11.20pm-11.50pm BBC Two Friday 11th April The Masters: Day 1 Highlights 6.30pm-7.30pm BBC Two (5.30pm in Wales & Northern Ireland) Saturday 12th April The Masters: Day 2 Highlights 1.15pm-2.30pm BBC One THE MASTERS: DAY 3 LIVE 7.30pm-12.00am BBC Two | Live play from 8.00pm Amen Corner / Selected Holes / Featured Groups LIVE 4.00pm-12.00am BBC Sport Website / App 6.00pm-12.00pm BBC Red Button Sunday 13th April The Masters: DAY 4 LIVE 6.30pm-12.00am BBC Two | Live play from 7.00pm Amen Corner / Selected Holes / Featured Groups LIVE 4.00pm-12.00am BBC Sport Website / App 6.00pm-12.00pm BBC Red Button