Sky Sports has landed exclusive coverage of the Masters, golf’s first major of the year, from 2020 onwards.
Since 2011, Sky and the BBC have shared coverage of the tournament, with the free-to-air network broadcasting live play from the final two days at Augusta concurrently with the pay TV carrier. From next year onwards, however, the BBC will show no live golf at all, broadcasting only highlights of the Masters.
The news means that Sky Sports will now be the exclusive live broadcaster of all four of golf’s major championships, as well as the 2020 Ryder Cup which will be held in the USA.
Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster said: “The Masters has provided some spectacular moments on Sky Sports - not least Tiger Woods' unforgettable comeback this year - and we look forward to broadcasting many more at one of the most iconic global sporting events.
“We are proud of our ten-year association with Augusta National, and our golf team does a great job sharing the magic of the Masters with our viewers.”
The 2019 Masters was marked by Tiger Woods’ victory: his 15th major triumph, but his first for 11 years.
Also this year, the BBC announced that it had sealed the rights to screen highlights of the Ryder Cup as well as BMW PGA Championship, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and the DP World Tour Championship Dubai, until 2022.