How and when to watch the 2018 Masters

All the TV and radio times to keep you in touch with The Masters at Augusta National this week. 

How and when to watch the 2018 Masters
How and when to watch the 2018 Masters


The Masters. It's arguably the greatest golfing week of the season. 

Book the sofa, book the remote, just basically take all four days off. This year's renewal is without question the most highly anticipated Masters in years with the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson back in form, and Rory McIlroy going for the career grand slam.


Storylines aplenty, this weekend's action is going to be a blockbuster providing the cream rises to the top on Sunday - which will surely be the case.

Here's a look at how and where to catch all of the week's action from Augusta National...

How can I watch the Masters on TV in the UK?

Sky Sports has full live coverage of all four days, while the BBC will also broadcast live TV coverage on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live. Check out the timetable below to find out when the coverage starts.

Be warned however: strict Augusta coverage restrictions mean that, unlike most sports events, you will not be able to watch the whole tournament live.


Why can’t I watch all of the Masters live?

The Augusta National Golf Club, responsible for hosting and running the Masters, is highly protective when it comes to the tournament – and that includes how much coverage it allows to be broadcast.

With the rise of huge sports broadcasters and fierce bidding wars for marquee events, the Masters remains one of the only major sporting events of the year which does not allow viewers at home to watch ‘every moment live’.

This year, while play begins at 1pm UK time, both Sky and the BBC will not be able to broadcast full TV coverage on the first three days until 8pm. On the final day, full coverage starts at 7pm.

If you want to catch the action before that time, you have to rely on online and red button streams. If you’re a Sky customer, press the red button on Sky Sports Golf just after 2pm to watch live streams of featured groups and action from the practice range. Coverage of specific holes will be available later in the afternoon before the main TV broadcast begins.

The BBC Sport website will also have live feeds to choose from on the Saturday and Sunday, and red button coverage from 5.30pm each day.

The Masters website has all the live feeds available online here.

How do I watch the Masters if I don’t have Sky Sports?

BBC2 will have live TV coverage of the final two days, and BBC Radio 5 Live will be broadcasting from Augusta throughout the tournament.

You can also watch the Sky Sports coverage in full via Now TV. Purchase a Sky Sports pass from £7.99 here and enjoy exactly the same coverage as a Sky subscriber.

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What are the first round tee times, and when is Tiger Woods playing?


Tiger Woods starts his opening round at 3.42pm UK time along with England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Australia’s Marc Leishman.

England's Justin Rose - our No.1 tip for the green jacket this week following his runner-up finish to Sergio Garcia last year - is in the last group to head out on to the course, starting at 7pm UK time.

The draw only includes the first two rounds, Thursday and Friday. After that, the field is cut: only the players who are within 10 shots of the leader will be able to play the whole weekend.

After that, the playing order is based on the leaderboard, with those at the top going last. For the final two days, players play in groups of two.

Masters 2018 TV schedule:

Day 1 – Thursday 5th April

TV: Live on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 7pm (full course coverage begins at 8pm)

Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live from 9pm. Coverage continues from 10pm on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Day 2 – Friday 6th April

TV: Live on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 7pm (full course coverage begins at 8pm)

Day 1 highlights on BBC2 from 5.45pm

Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 live from 7pm. Coverage continues from 10pm on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Day 3 – Saturday 7th April

TV: Live on Sky Sports Golf from 7pm, Main Event from 8pm

Live on BBC2 from 7.30pm

(Day 1 highlights on BBC1 from 1.15pm)

Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live from 9pm

Day 4 – Sunday 8th April

TV: Live on Sky Sports Golf from 6pm, Main Event from 7pm 

Live on BBC2 from 6.30pm

Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live from 8pm

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