Renewed deal includes highlights on BBC2

Augusta

The BBC has extended its fifty-year relationship with the Masters Tournament from Augusta National Golf Club by two years.

The deal will cover the tournament in 2018 and 2019 and helps preserve live golf on the BBC after it swapped live coverage of The Open for highlights last year.

The corporation has broadcast the Masters since 1967 and currently airs coverage across BBC2, Radio 5 Live, Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the red button.

This year’s tournament will run from 6 to 9 April and the BBC will show highlights of the opening two rounds as well as live coverage on BBC2 of the decisive Saturday and Sunday rounds.

Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also feature live commentary of all four days and there will be additional digital feeds, making coverage available across PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV screens. 

Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “We’re extremely proud of our partnership with the Masters Tournament, and this new deal highlights our longstanding commitment to bringing world-class golf to the widest possible audience on free-to-air TV.