The Masters 2018: Why can’t I watch all of it on TV and live stream and what time does the Sky Sports programme start?

THE MASTERS is the most exclusive golf competition in the world.

So exclusive, in fact, that they don't allow the entire course to be shown on the first two days of the year's opening Major.

 Amen Corner is the most famous stretch of holes at Augusta but viewers won't be able to see it non-stop

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Amen Corner is the most famous stretch of holes at Augusta but viewers won't be able to see it non-stop

Viewers in the UK will be able to watch the full action from 8pm on Thursday and Friday.

But by then players will have already been on the course for hours, a fact further highlighted by Georgia being five hours behind British summer time.

Find out more about The Masters' viewing schedule below.

Why can't I watch all the Masters on TV?

The powers that be at Augusta are intent on keeping their club the most lucrative – and secretive – in the world.

Incredibly, it was not until 2002 that the men in green jackets finally decided to show all 18 holes of the leaders on Sunday.

This year, full coverage on Sky Sports of the opening two days will not begin until 8pm – although the show starts at 7pm.

 The powers that be at Augusta wanted to keep their course secretive

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The powers that be at Augusta wanted to keep their course secretive

It used to be worse.

For years there were not even any cameras on the front nine, so worried were the members that it would put people off actually coming to the course.

Where can I watch early coverage of the Masters?

Featured group coverage will show the early action and two of the morning groups for the opening two rounds.

 Brit Danny Willett will be defending his Masters title next week

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Brit Danny Willett will be defending his Masters title next week

That stream will be available from 2.15pm on the Sky Sports red button, Sky Sports Xtra and Sky Sports iPad app.

It is not yet known who the marquee groups will be.

Will they be showing Amen Corner on TV?

They will – but not until the full coverage starts.

Viewers can track players' progress before then on skysports.com with a live feed from 3.45pm-7pm during the first two rounds.

The footage will also be available on the red button and app.

THE MASTERS is the most exclusive golf competition in the world.