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BBC to continue Masters coverage

Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters
Mickelson dedicated his third Masters win to his sick wife

The BBC will continue to broadcast the Masters live on terrestrial TV after signing a new deal to cover the first major of the golfing year.

There will also be comprehensive coverage of the Augusta showpiece on Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

BBC TV will have live coverage of the final two rounds of the event, which runs from 7-10 April in 2011.

Phil Mickelson won his third Green Jacket earlier this year, finishing three shots clear of Lee Westwood.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: "The BBC is very proud we have broadcast the Masters every year since 1986 and we are delighted that this new deal enables us to continue this relationship.

"It means terrestrial audiences can continue to enjoy live coverage of the concluding rounds of this hugely prestigious tournament on BBC TV, alongside our comprehensive coverage on radio and online."

The BBC will share coverage with Sky Sports, which will televise all four rounds live as well as Wednesday's Par 3 Contest.

"We consider ourselves fortunate to have two committed television partners who are able to reach both new and established audiences throughout the United Kingdom," said Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

"This agreement was successful in both preserving a long-term partnership and adding a new dimension to our coverage in the UK."

It is expected that coverage of the 75th Masters will reach more than 200 countries in 2011.

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