The Masters 2015: What time does it start, when is it and where can I watch it in the UK?

A guide to the 2015 Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Course

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Bubba Watson will defend his Masters title at the Augusta National Golf Course after his brilliant victory last year to clinch his second Green Jacket.

The reigning champion, who also clinched the title in 2012, will be up against it to add a third victory to his locker given the level of opposition that he will face over the course of the four days at the first Grand Slam of the year.

Here, we take a look at the 79th Masters, who to look out for and what we can expect from one of the highlights of the golfing calendar.

 

WHEN DOES IT START?

Masters week gets underway on Monday 6 April, with the famed par-3 tournament taking place on Wednesday 8 April as a pre-cursor to the main event. The first day begins on Thursday 9 April, with the cut taking place at the end of the second days’ play on Friday 10 April. The winner of the Masters will be crowned on Sunday 12 April, providing there are no rain delays of lengthy play-offs that could carry proceedings into Monday.

WHAT TIME WILL IT BE ON IN THE UK?

Augusta is five hours behind British Summer Time, with the first group due to tee-off at 07:35 local time on Thursday morning. That means a 12:35 start in the United Kingdom, perfect for a spot of lunchtime entertainment.

Generally, the Masters ends around midnight each day, though this varies on the time it has taken for the players to complete their rounds and the length or any delays. However, come half-past-midnight, we should know the Masters champion for another year.

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT?

The Masters is unique in that it’s screened on the BBC and Sky Sports simultaneously.

Sky will dedicate the Sky Sports 4 coverage to The Masters this year, and live broadcasts will begin at 19:00 each night. However, due to broadcasting rules, live play will not be shown until 19:30.

The BBC will show live coverage of Saturday and Sunday's play, with highlight shows covering the first two days' action.

On Saturday, their coverage will begin at 19:30 while action from the final day will commence at 18:30.

Bubba-Watson2.jpgWHAT IS AMEN CORNER?

The name ‘Amen Corner’ has been given to the run through holes 11, 12 and 13 and has proven to be one of the toughest challenges on the golf circuit. The name dates back to the 1958 Masters, where Arnold Palmer secured the very first major championship victory of his illustrious career after a controversial ruling surrounding an embedded ball that was allowed to be dropped without penalty. The name itself was given by former Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind, who took inspiration from a Bluebird record named “Shoutin’ in that Amen Corner” to summarise the approach on the 11th, the entire 12th and the tee shot of the 13th – though all three holes have been included in Amen Corner as time has worn on.

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Amen Corner will pose the biggest test to the field

WHO SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?

The obvious answer is the world No 1, Rory McIlroy. When the Northern Irishman is on form, he is near unstoppable, but he is yet to conquer the Augusta course and until he does so, his 2011 meltdown will remain firmly in the memory as he blew a four-shot lead heading into the final round.

The two men who have clinched the past three titles will also be there or thereabouts, as American Watson and Australian Adam Scott tend to produce their best at Augusta. Two of the home young guns are also worth looking out for in the form of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, the duo that linked up in Team USA’s 2014 Ryder Cup campaign and performed to the highest level.

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Rory McIlroy should be in the mix come Sunday evening

Swede Henrik Stenson should also get himself in the mix, while the return of Dustin Johnson is sure to cause a stir after he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in just his second tournament since returning from a six-month hiatus for undisclosed reasons.

And what about Tiger Woods? Well, what about him. The 14-time major winner and former world No 1 has confirmed he will return from his latest back injury in time to feature at The Masters, the tournament that he won in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. But even if he proves his fitness, lingering doubts over his persistent injury woes and his recent poor form suggest he won't be anywhere near the frontrunners.

That said, the man himself has come out firing after claiming he has the game to no only be competitive at The Masters, but to win the whole thing, and with bookmakers' offering odds of up to 50/1 on Woods, he might be worth a flutter.

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