The Golf Channel Digital This week is Masters Week. This is your resource for comprehensive coverage of the men's first major of the year on TV and online. More live streaming and footage may be found at Masters.com.
The Masters is the first major of the year, and it is hosted at the same place as the others, Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in the southern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia. The event was founded in 1934 by Ralph and Oscar Goodman to promote their brand of tennis balls on the tour, then known as the American Professional Tennis Association.
There are two parts to the tournament: the first starts on Thursday, with each player playing nine holes of stroke play before the top 64 advance to Saturday's second phase, where they will play 18 holes of match play. The winner of the second round earns $1 million, with $100,000 going to the runner-up.
The Masters is the only major without which no one becomes champion. It is important because it gives the winner an automatic spot in the next year's PGA Tour season. The field of players is determined by the results of the previous year's Masters plus current members of the PGA Tour. If there is a tie for places, then the players' orders of finish on the past year's PGA Tour determine who plays what part in the next year's event. For example, if Martin Kaymer finishes second or third at the 2012 Masters, he will play in the 2013 tournament even though Bubba Watson also finished second that year.
The Masters is broadcast on ESPN on Thursday and Friday, and CBS on Saturday and Sunday. The times (ET) are shown below. Check your local listings for channel information.
2014 Masters Tournament Schedule
Thursday, April 17 - Start time: 8:50 a.m. EDT
Friday, April 18 - Start time: 9:05 a.m.
Saturday, April 19 - Start time: 10:10 a.m.
Sunday, April 20 - Start time: 3:40 p.m.
Monday, April 21 - End of tournament coverage
Tiger Woods will be the host broadcaster for the 2014 Masters Tournament with Steve Jones and Peter Kostis calling the action from Augusta National Golf Club. The three-day event will begin on Thursday, April 17 at the Masters Tournament with first round play beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET on ESPN. Rounds two through five will be played each day at 9:00 a.m., with the final round on Sunday, April 20 starting at 3:40 p.m.
Fans who wish to watch the Masters this year have a plethora of alternatives, including coverage of Featured Groups; Holes 4, 5, 6, 15, and 16; and Amen Corner... The Masters schedule for 2021.
|Date||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Saturday, April 10||3-7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Sunday, April 11||2-7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
Where can I watch the Masters on television? The 85th edition of the Masters will be broadcast by CBS, with ESPN providing early-round television coverage. ESPN will broadcast the first round on Thursday and the second round on Friday, with four and a half hours of coverage each day. ABC will provide late-night coverage of the third round on Saturday and the final round on Sunday.
Masters TV channels: The Masters is available in most countries around the world. Here are the TV channels that will broadcast the 2015 Masters:
United States: CBS (early rounds), ESPN (full schedule)
Canada: TSN (early rounds), RDS (full schedule)
Latin America: ESPN (early rounds), Univision (late rounds)
Europe: Sky Sports (early rounds), Eurosport (late rounds)
Middle East: MBC 1 (early rounds), BeIN Sports (late rounds)
Africa: DSTV (early rounds), SuperSport (late rounds)
Asia: Star Sports (early rounds), Golf Channel (late rounds)
Oceania: Fox Sports (early rounds), Foxtel (late rounds)
The Masters has been televised since 1934 and is the only major golf championship shown on television every year.
The course was built by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in 1932. It was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. The club has hosted the annual Masters Tournament since 1934, one of the four men's major championships in professional golf and the only major played on the same course each year. It is also host to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which became a major championship in its own right after the 2013 season. The tournament has been held in China twice, in 2007 at Shanghai International Golf Club and again in 2018 at the Chinese Golf Association Academy Sports Center in Beijing.
Masters Tournament play lasts for three days of stroke play followed by another day of match play for the top 32 players. The cut line is usually set at 150 points or better to ensure that all participants will have an opportunity to reach the match play stage of the event. If less than 32 players make it to match play, those who finish outside the top 16 will advance to play in a second round the following week.
There are two different types of holes on Augusta National Golf Club: the shorter par 3s and the longer par 4s. There are 14 par 3s on the course with average distances from 390 to 160 yards. The longest hole is the 544-yard 12th hole. The other 13 holes range in length from 145 to 340 yards. The majority of these holes require a straight shot into the fairway with some slight elevation change required to reach the green.