FORTUNATELY for Australian golf fans at this time of year the US Masters is the only remaining golf major broadcast live on both free to air and pay television.
In 2014 the US Masters will be telecast in high definition both on the Seven Network and on Fox Sports.
Those of us lucky enough to have Fox Sports will have the usual smorgasbord of live and repeat coverage as well as some new “Red Button” special feeds. Free to air viewers will be happy to know the Seven coverage is on their HD broadcasting 7Mate digital channel.
For the truly tragic, Fox Sports will also have a new Masters – On the Range program, beginning daily at 1am, to start the day – as all good golfers do – on the practice range.
The actual Fox Sports tournament coverage will begin each day at 4.45am (AEST) to give the commentators plenty of time to prattle on about “man’s eternal quest for immortality” (it is only a golf tournament but you’ve got to go with the flow) and the state of the Azaleas at Augusta National before tee-off at 5am. By the second round the commentators will have more actual golf happenings to talk about to preface their coverage.
Both Fox Sports and Seven will cover the traditional opening par 3 tournaments on Thursday 5am – 7am.
Core live coverage on Fox Sports 3 and 3HD and 7Mate (Seven Network)
Par-3 contest Thursday, April 10 5am – 7:00am
Round 1 Friday, April 11 5am– 9:30am (Fox Sports coverage begins each day early at 4.45am
Round 2 Saturday, April 12 5am – 9:30am
Round 3 Sunday, April 13 5am – 9:00am
Round 4 Monday, April 14 4am – 9:00am
Repeat daily coverage on Fox Sports from 1pm – 5pm.
7Mate 3pm – 5pm.
Exclusive Fox Sports Feeds via the Red Button
Live feeds from holes 15 & 16, Amen Corner, featured groups as well as a dedicated Masters news and highlights channel.
So in summary, there’s more than enough coverage available for both free to air and pay TV customers. All we need now is to have a clutch from among the seven Aussies competing this year to be coming down the stretch on Sunday with a real show. We’ve been graced with the final round involvement of Aussies in the past few years – particularly last year of course – and we can only hope the trend continues.
(Always check local guides as sometimes schedules do change at the last minute)