The Masters

The Masters 2019 Live : The Masters Tournament begins Thursday morning when 87 golfers competing for the fabled green jacket tee off at Augusta National Golf club. The 2019 Masters Tournament will be the 83rd edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf’s four major championships to be held in 2019. It will be held from April 11–14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

The Masters Tournament begins Thursday morning when 87 golfers competing for the fabled green jacket tee off at Augusta National Golf club. But a persistent rainstorm could delay parts of the tournament.

The Weather Channel says there’s a 60 percent chance of rain in Augusta, Georgia, on Friday. On Saturday there’s an 80 percent chance of rain, and it’s even higher on Sunday, during final-round play.

While Augusta National features a SubAir drainage system to handle any rain, the threat of thunderstorms and lightning is the main issue heading into the weekend. The course had to suspend practice play Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Masters tournaments have occasionally been affected by problematic weather since the tournament’s inauguration in 1934, including seven straight Masters from 2002 to 2008 that experienced weather delays.

The players don’t necessarily always play through rain, but they do continue golfing once the rain abates and the course is soaked dry by the drainage system. Even so, the ball is always affected by changes to Augusta’s surface and landscape. And, as any golfer knows, a delay can throw off rhythm and momentum.

Tournament play officially begins Thursday morning for 87 of the best golfers on Earth. The Masters will conclude Sunday afternoon, April 14.

Few sporting venues televise as beautifully as the lush fairways of the Augusta National: but following the Masters on TV in the UK can be a tricky par to make for the armchair fan. Here is our beginner’s guide to watching this most exclusive and esoteric of events.

Augusta famously likes to keep certain people out if it possibly can, and some of those people are television viewers. The organisers high-handedly forbid coverage of the start, meaning that the Sky Sports coverage will pick the action up midway through the first round. Making the best of it, the broadcaster will show “featured groups” and particular holes throughout the afternoon but actual real, honest-to-goodness live coverage does not begin until 8pm. In a sporting era where satellite channels are constantly ramming Under-11 Hide and Seek Premier League into your eye-sockets 24-7, it’s actually agreeably quaint not to see every minute of event; perhaps a rare dash of less-is-more all adds to the Masters’ undeniable mystique.

There’s tantalising glimpses and the tease of denial, though, and then there’s just plain weird and withholding. Which brings us to the BBC, who are not allowed to show anything on Thursday and then have day one highlights on the evening of day two at 7pm, leading to the frankly bizarre situation where you’re watching action 24 hours or more out of date while the game is still afoot. Still, we are where we are, and there is no doubt that BBC make a fine job of it once they do get going in earnest on day three from 7.30pm and then Sunday’s climax from 6.30pm.

The BBC have absolutely superb radio coverage but, for this viewer at least, Sunday night on the sofa with the Masters denouement is one of the sporting television calendar’s essential dates. As to the question of whether to follow on Sky or BBC, we are all surely in one camp or the other by now and, as with other debates around at the moment, we are not going to have our view changed by debate.

One notable change this year, though: Sky’s excellent host David Livingstone has retired, meaning that Nick Dougherty will be fronting the coverage this year, alongside regulars Butch Harmon and Paul McGinley. Harmon’s acute insights, easy manner and close relationship with many of the American players, partly via his supercoach son Claude, makes him one of the most watchable analysts across any sport. In addition to Sarah Stirk getting the immediate reaction of the players post-round, Sky have their usual array of bells, whistles and gizmos: holograms, 360 degree hole analysis, ball trackers, scratch-and-sniff iPads and so on.

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