Saturday 18 November 2017

Golf fans facing possible two-day Masters TV blackout in 2018

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Danny Willett of England presents Sergio Garcia of Spain with the Green Jacket after Garcia won in a playoff during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Danny Willett of England presents Sergio Garcia of Spain with the Green Jacket after Garcia won in a playoff during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The first half of the Masters is in danger of going the way of the US PGA Championship, with the opening two days reportedly in danger of not being televised in the UK next year.

Yesterday it was confirmed that the final major of the year, the US PGA Championship, won't be on TV in the UK this year after Sky didn't renew their rights deal, and according to the Telegraph, the broadcaster currently has no deal in place for the opening two days of the Masters in 2018, which they have shown exclusively since 2011.

The Masters is eight months away, but the Telegraph say that Sky's contract to screen the first two rounds shows 'no sign of being renewed'. The BBC only show highlights of the first two days, so fans currently face the prospect of being unable to watch the first half of the year's opening Major in the UK.

Losing the first two days of the Masters would represent a huge blow for Sky after also losing the US PGA Championship, especially since the broadcaster launched a dedicated golf channel this week.

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