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ESPN gets early rounds of Masters

October 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

The first two rounds of the Masters are moving to ESPN.

The network will televise the Thursday and Friday play when the tournament tees off in April, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne announced Wednesday.

"With the worldwide reach of ESPN, and their demonstrated leadership in new media, we think ESPN is uniquely positioned to showcase the Masters and golf to new audiences," Payne said in a news release.

USA had aired the first two rounds since 1982.

The schedule of coverage will remain the same. The first two rounds will be televised live from 1-4 p.m. PDT each day.

Mike Tirico will host the ESPN telecasts.

The 2008 Masters will be April 10-13.

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