How to watch the Masters 2019 including TV channel details and who could get their hands on the green jacket
- Rory McIlrory will be hoping to finally add the Masters to his CV
- John Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood are also among the European contingent that could be contenders
- Patrick Reed is the reigning Masters champion
Kicking off the majors events this season, the Masters is one of the most eagerly anticipated tournaments in the golfing calendar.
Staged at Augusta, it promises to contain some intriguing sub plots and many questions will be answered this week.
The green jacket, one of the most sought-after prizes in the sport, has continually eluded Rory McIlroy, but the Northern Irishman is on a quest to complete a career Slam.
Can he add the one major that is missing from his CV? Will there be a surprise winner? Here’s everything you need to know about the Masters:
How can I watch the Masters?
Sky Sports will show all four days of the Masters this week on Main Event and its dedicated Golf Channel.
The traditional par-three tournament – a fun pre-cursor to the serious stuff – will be hosted on Wednesday on Main Event and Sky Sports Golf from 8pm, while round one will be shown from 8pm UK time on Thursday.
While Sky Sports originally had exclusive rights, their coverage will be shared by the BBC who will also broadcast the final two days of the tournament.
Players to watch
All attention will be on McIlroy who is peaking at just the right time.
His victory at The Players Championship – his 15th PGA Tour triumph – has set him up nicely to launch an assault at Augusta.
Of course, the Masters hasn’t always been kind to him and he suffered heartache in 2011 when he crumbled in the final round and threw away a four-shot lead.
But McIlroy is one of the longest drivers in the game and with his cumulative score of 80 under par since the turn of the year, he is in red hot form.
Meanwhile, Jon Rahm’s talent is undoubted and he is likely to be a contender.
The Spaniard has been tipped to claim a major this season and his touch around the greens will be key at Augusta.
Rahm will have good memories of the course, having finished fourth last year.
His putting has improved too and while he hasn’t been in the winner’s circle this season, he could threaten.
Also, Tommy Fleetwood is well placed to get his hands on the green jacket.
The Englishman has been holding his own on the PGA Tour. While he has had a fallow period on the European Tour as he hasn’t won since January 2018, his all-round game is excellent.
The Europeans have been shifting the power of balance over the past few weeks, but American Jordan Spieth will hope to rediscover his best form in Georgia.
Spieth – a former world No 1 – has dropped to 33 in the rankings and his midas touch with the putter has deserted him. Perhaps his luck might change soon.
Who won the Masters last year?
Patrick Reed is the defending champion after fending off a late challenge from Rickie Fowler and Spieth.
The American had previously not finished in the top 20 at Augusta before his maiden Major victory.
Reed, as is the tradition, will hold a Champions Dinner on Tuesday, and he was rather cocky when he revealed last month that he knew exactly what was going to appear on the menu before he won it.
He said: “Oh, I knew that back when I was 13.
“I mean, it was always a bone-in ribeye, mac and cheese, creamed corn, creamed spinach. I’m going to fatten those boys up a little bit.”
Who is the favourite to win the Masters?
McIlroy is well backed by a lot of the bookmakers to win the Masters.
Currently, he is the favourite at 7-1 to put on the green jacket.
After a series of near misses, the world No 3 will be hoping to go one better.