Nine Network to show the Masters in Australia

Free-to-air channel secures rights to golf’s first major championship of the year.

Nine Network to show the Masters in Australia

The Nine Network has acquired the Australian rights to this year’s edition of the Masters.

The Australian free-to-air channel will show all four days of the competition, which is one of golf’s four major championships staged annually at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

The deal includes both TV and streaming rights to the tournament, and will see Nine’s Wide World of Sports brand provide three live video streams on its 9Now on-demand catch-up service.

The Masters was previously aired in Australia by commercial TV channel the Seven Network, which first acquired broadcast rights to the championship in 2014. Fox Sports will cover the competition alongside Nine as the subscription television broadcaster.

Tom Malone, director of sport at Nine, said: “The Masters is the most premium golfing event on the sporting calendar, which aligns perfectly with Nine’s sporting rights and corporate strategy.

“Our partnership with Augusta National to make free-to-air coverage available to viewers illustrates our shared goal of bringing the Masters to all Australians.”

The 2018 US Masters will serve as golf's first major championship of the year, and is due to tee off on 5th April before wrapping up on the 8th.