BBC secures Masters deal

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The BBC has announced a deal to broadcast live coverage of The Masters until 2004. The corporation has previously broadcast the available action within 12 hours of live transmissions, but will next year show live coverage of the last 18 holes on the final day's play at Augusta.

The BBC recently secured a five-year deal to broadcast extended coverage of The Open, and has also agreed deals to cover the Benson and Hedges Open, the Volvo PGA Championships, the Scottish Open and next week's World Match Play Championship at Wentworth.

Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo, two past winners, and the 21-year-old Australian Adam Scott have filled three of the four remaining places in the 12-man field at Wentworth. Woosnam was the first Briton to lift the trophy in 1987, triumphed again in 1990 and three years ago should have beaten Tiger Woods in the quarter-finals. He three-putted the final green and lost at the 37th. Faldo's victory came in 1989 when he beat Woosnam, his Ryder Cup partner a month earlier, in a memorable final. Scott replaces his compatriot Robert Allenby, which leaves just one player to be named. That is expected later this week.

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