The US Masters in April will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK for the eighth consecutive year, despite concerns at the back end of 2017 that the channel may lose to the rights to screen the tournament from Augusta National Golf Club.
Sky Sports have the exclusive rights to all four days of the opening major championship of the year and the par three competition that takes place on the Wednesday before the tournament, which has a special place on the golf calendar.
It is a huge boost for Sky Sports to keep coverage of the US Masters, as BT Sport and the BBC were thought to be interested in bidding for the tournament. Retaining the rights for the event means Sky Sports will now show the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and Ryder Cup in what is going to be a huge year for golf and the subscription channel.
Sergio Garcia will be defending his Green Jacket in Augusta this year as he was able to win his opening major championship last April when he was successful in a play-off against Justin Rose.
The Spaniard was a popular winner of the event, which went into extra holes for the first time since 2013. It was Garcia’s 74th attempt at one of golf’s biggest prizes and a victory which helped him to secure his future participation in the tournament, as all former champions receive an automatic entry.
World number one Dustin Johnson goes into the 2018 US Masters as the 7/1 favourite in the golf betting for the competition. The American was in fantastic form heading into the 2017 event where he had won three tournaments in the space of two months.
The former US Open winner was unable to tee off at the opening hole on the Thursday though as a back injury sustained on the eve of the Major Championship forced him to withdraw.
Johnson is 100% fit again and will be many pundits’ number one pick this year. The 33-year-old already has a victory to his name this season, as he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions back in January, where he scored by eight strokes in a strong field in Hawaii.
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There will be a whole host of British players taking part in the US Masters next month, where they will be looking to become only the second ever winner from the UK in the last 20 years. Danny Willet was successful in 2016 when a final round of 67 helped him to seal the Green Jacket.
Former world number one Rory McIlroy will be one of the British players who will have a lot of expectation on his shoulder. The Northern Irishman needs just the US Masters to complete the Career Grand Slam in the sport as he is a former winner of the US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
McIlroy has four top ten finishes in the last four years at Augusta so he knows the course very well and will be expected to be in contention on the final day once again.
The 2018 US Masters begins on April 5 in what will be the 82nd edition of the world famous golf tournament.