Facebook is showing the 2019 Masters tournament in the Middle East, thanks to a late agreement with the golf event’s organisers.
The four-day tournament at Augusta concludes on Sunday and golf fans in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel will be able to watch all of the action for free on the official Masters Facebook page.
The coverage also extends to the winner’s ceremony on Sunday, where the 2019 champion will be awarded the famous green jacket.
Facebook has previously shown live sports in other parts of the world, including showing La Liga in India and the Champions League in South America.
“Nothing stands still.”
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— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 10, 2019
Prior to the announcement of Facebook’s live broadcasts, Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the tournament, had already revealed that fans would be able to follow the tournament through its official website and app.
The organisers aim to add footage of each shot to the website and app within five minutes of it being taken.
Previous editions of the tournament have been shown in the Middle East by OSN, which dramatically cut its sports content earlier this year.