BBC to show no live golf for first time in 65 years

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by Simon Austin

The BBC has lost live rights to the Masters, meaning it will have no live golf next year for the first time since 1955.

Sky Sports will be the sole broadcasters of the Augusta tournament from next April after the BBC lost rights to its two days of live coverage.

The Corporation lost the rights to The Open in 2016, ending a 60-year run with Britain’s flagship tournament, while their live Masters coverage was reduced to two days in 2011. From next year, terrestrial viewers will be able to watch only golf highlights on the BBC, including the Ryder Cup.

Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster said: “We are proud of our 10-year association with Augusta National, and our golf team does a great job sharing the magic of the Masters with our viewers.”

Tiger Woods won this year's Masters - his first Major in 11 years.

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