Television coverage starts early today


AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Masters will be on television from breakfast until dinner Sunday.

Augusta National officials apparently learned their lesson last year and will allow the remainder of the rain-hampered third round to be televised Sunday morning. USA Network’s coverage begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Last year, viewers weren’t able to see Tiger Woods go on a birdie run that vaulted him into the lead when he completed his third round Sunday morning. Golf fans complained about being shut out.

Club officials, normally reluctant to allow saturation coverage of their tournament, decided to change their stance and permit the third round to be broadcast in its entirety this year.

CBS will air 18-hole coverage of the fourth round beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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