Indian pay-television broadcaster DSport has acquired rights to golf major the Masters.
The deal covers this year’s edition of the tournament, which runs from Thursday to Sunday at Augusta National in the US.
The 2018 Masters will have added interest for Indian viewers with local rising star Shubhankar Sharma having received a special invitation to compete at Augusta. The 21-year-old has been drawn to play alongside American pair Russell Henley and Larry Mize in tomorrow’s opening groups.
It was announced today (Wednesday) that the current European Tour Race to Dubai leader has signed with the Wasserman agency on a multi-year contract. Sharma (pictured) recently won the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship, moving to the No.1 ranking not only on the European Tour, but also on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Sharma is one of only a handful of international players ever to receive a special exemption into the Masters. He will become just the fourth Indian player in history to compete in the tournament.
As a first order of business with Wasserman, Sharma has penned a multi-year agreement with US sportswear company Nike as a global golf ambassador, wearing the brand’s apparel and footwear during tournaments.