Masters Tournament 2017 on Sky Sports & BBC

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The opening Major championship of the year gets underway at Augusta this week in the 81st playing of the Masters Tournament, with extensive coverage on Sky Sports and the BBC from April 6-9.

Played around the immaculate, azalea-lined fairways of the Augusta National Golf Club, The Masters is a tournament unlike any other on the annual golf calendar.

The only Major played at the same location each year, it has a unique atmosphere, something many would claim makes it the finest event in the golfing calendar.

The cream of the crop is always in attendance at Augusta, and there are numerous names to watch this year, as England’s Danny Willett returns to defend the title he won in stunning fashion last year.

Pundits and punters alike will be interested to see how Willett adapts to life back in Georgia after winning his maiden green jacket.

But there will also be much focus on young Texan Jordan Spieth, who won two years ago, and who so narrowly missed out on back-to-back titles last year.

That’s all without mentioning perennial Major challengers Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, new world number one Dustin Johnson, Augusta specialist Bubba Watson, and the in-form Justin Thomas, who has enjoyed a fine start to 2017.

It is set to be a fascinating week and fans can follow all four days live on Sky Sports, alongside the BBC’s live free-to-air coverage of the final two rounds.

For all the latest Masters news, tournament information, tee-times and live leaderboard, visit the official website – masters.com.

Sky Sports will be there every step of the way, following players on the range, through the famous Par 3 contest and on all four days of televised play, with dedicated shows and films providing the full picture of The Masters.

Coverage begins from 7pm for the first three days from Thursday, April 6, and from 6pm on Sunday, April 9, with the full live play-by-play action getting underway an hour later, all simulcast on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 4, with Sky’s coverage of the final round also available to non-Sky Sports subscribers on Sky Sports Mix.

David Livingstone leads Sky Sports’ presentation team, with former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley part of the expert team which also includes Butch Harmon, former PGA champion Rich Beem and 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.

They will all be part of the play-by-play commentary team led by Ewen Murray, Robert Lee and Richard Boxall.

In addition to the main live coverage, subscribers will be able to follow the early action and two of the morning marquee featured groups for the opening two rounds, with that stream available from 2.15pm on the Sky Sports red button, Sky Sports Xtra and Sky Sports iPad app.

Viewers can also track players’ progress through the famous Amen Corner for free on skysports.com, with a live feed from 3.45pm-7pm on each day during the first two rounds.

That stream is also available on red button and the app, where cameras focused on the 15th and 16th holes will be live from 4.45pm as the early starters get towards the end of their rounds.

As well as comprehensive live coverage, Masters Breakfast will offer extended highlights and analysis of the previous day’s play, with former Ryder Cup players Jamie Donaldson and David Howell joining presenter Nick Dougherty in the studio from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

The trio then return on Monday evening to look back at all of the key moments from the week in How The Masters Was Won, on Sky Sports 4 from 8pm.

WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL

Masters: Par 3 Contest
LIVE  7.30pm-10.30pm
THURSDAY 6th APRIL

Masters: Day 1
LIVE  7.00pm-12.30am
FRIDAY 7th APRIL

Masters: Day 2
LIVE  7.00pm-12.30am
SATURDAY 8th APRIL

Masters: Day 3
LIVE  7.00pm-12.30am
SUNDAY 9th APRIL

Masters: Day 4
LIVE  6.00pm-12.30am

The BBC will again showcase free-to-air coverage of the 2017 Masters from Augusta National.

As usual, there will be live TV coverage on BBC Two of the final two rounds of play on Saturday and Sunday, plus highlights of the opening two rounds, also on BBC Two, with earlier showings on BBC Red Button (see listings below).

Hazel Irvine will present the BBC’s coverage in what will be her final tournament as the corporation’s face of golf, after deciding to step down following 8 years in the post.

Peter Alliss returns to lead the commentary team alonsgide Ken Brown, Andrew Cotter and Paul Azinger, while roving reports and interviews come from Rishi Persad.

In addition to the tournament coverage, a special Masters preview show on Wednesday night looks ahead to the event which sees the world’s greatest golfers battling it out for arguably the sport’s biggest prize – the illustrious green jacket.

The BBC’s live TV coverage will also be available on the BBC Sport website with an additional four live streams alongside the uninterrupted BBC TV coverage on Saturday and Sunday, a selection of which will also be accessible via the Red Button.

The site will also feature the popular live text commentary service, highlight clips throughout the tournament, news, reports and reaction from the team in Augusta.

WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL

Golf: The Masters 2017 Preview
11.15pm-11.45pm
FRIDAY 7th APRIL

Golf: The Masters – Day 1
HIGHLIGHTS  7.00pm-8.00pm
First shown 9.15am on BBC Red Button
SATURDAY 8th APRIL

Golf: The Masters – Day 2
HIGHLIGHTS  1.00pm-2.00pm
First shown 9.30am on BBC Red Button
Golf: The Masters – Day 3
LIVE  7.30pm-12.00am
SUNDAY 9th APRIL

Golf: The Masters – Day 4
LIVE  6.30pm-12.00am

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