The Masters

What time does The Masters 2017 start in Hong Kong? And how can I watch it on TV?

The Masters from the fabled Augusta National begins on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know about catching it in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 5:22pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 5:37pm

The wait is almost over and tonight The Masters, the first golf major of the season, gets underway at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Owing to the 12-hour time difference, we here in Hong Kong will be forced to burn the midnight oil to stay on top of the action.

There was drama earlier on Thursday when the big bookmakers favourite American Dustin Johnson slipped at his rental home in Georgia badly damaging his back and raising questions over his ability to compete and much less so to win as many had been predicting in the run-up to the event.

He is on a three-win streak going into this weekend and would be the first player to add The Masters title to a winning run.

Other players in the reckoning, especially since Johnson’s tumble, include fellow American Jordan Spieth, who blew a golden opportunity to pick up a first green jacket last year in Georgia. Also sharing the favouritism is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy who has found some form in recent weeks.

Perhaps a dark horse in Spanish youngster Jon Rahm, who is making his debut at the storied course but has played some incredible golf this term.

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What time does it start?

The opening pair of Daniel Summerhays and Russell Henley tee off at 8am in Georgia (that’s 8pm on Thursday night, Hong Kong time). The last grouping, which consists of Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker and bubba Watson, tees off at 2.03am (Hong Kong time).

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Where can I watch it?

Live coverage here in Hong Kong doesn’t get underway until later in the night.

Now Golf 1 (channel No 682) begins its intermittent coverage with a live preview show at 7pm.

Fox Sports 2 (channel No 671) broadcasts an hour-long live hit from 11pm, before its main coverage begins at 3am taking you right through to the conclusion of the first round. By that time all the groups will have teed off and the leader board will be beginning to take shape.

The live programme is followed immediately at 7.30am by a two-hour highlights package.

Coverage of Friday and Saturday night’s rounds two and three begin with a preview show on Fox Sports 2 at 2am, before the live action starts at 3am.

Sunday night’s final round begins with a preview show on Fox Sports 2 at 1am, followed by live coverage from 2am until the climax.