The golfing world is focussed this week on the famed Augusta National Golf Course for the US Masters. The quest to find the next wearer of the green jacket is almost here, with TV coverage beginning in the early hours on Friday morning Australian time.
For the first time, Australian viewers will enjoy LIVE and HD coverage of the US Masters on free-to-air and subscription-TV with 7mate and Fox Sports sharing the broadcast rights. 7mate has replaced Ten/One as the free-to-air broadcaster, while Fox Sports has secured LIVE rights to the tournament, after previously only holding replay rights.
Peter Donegan will host 7mate’s coverage with Ian Baker-Finch and Wayne Grady sitting in the expert chairs. Patrolling the fairways for 7mate will be ‘Whispering’ Pat Welsh. In addition to 7mate’s expert team, there will be commentary from a string of the biggest names on golf via the host broadcaster CBS, including iconic host Jim Nantz, three-time winner Nick Faldo and Ian Baker-Finch, who will once again be commentating from Amen Corner on the 11th and 12th holes.
7mate’s coverage of the US Masters begins at 5am AEST daily for coverage of Rounds 1, 2 and 3, with coverage of Round 4 starting at 4am on Monday morning.
Fox Sports’ coverage begins Friday at 4.45am AEST on Fox Sports 3HD and Fox Sports 3, with four additional channels offered via the Red Button.
Australian viewers will be watching with anticipation on whether reigning US Masters champion Adam Scott can defend his title or whether the six other Australians in the field can lead the tournament after 72 holes at the famous course.