It’s almost Thursday, and the official start of the Masters Tournament. Just after 7:00 am, the tournament will start with the ceremonial tee shot from Jack Nicklaus (6 time winner) and Gary Player (3 time winner).
The Par 3 Tournament has just finished up, the plates have been cleared away from the Champions Dinner, the players have made all the preparations they can, so it’s time for actual golf that counts.
Most every grouping on Thursday and Friday will include a golf superstar or a former champion, so you really can’t go wrong following any of them - on course, or on your electronic device. But we’re Dawg Sports, so we’re going to cull the list down a bit for you.
Former Bulldog and 1st time participant Keith Mitchell tees off Thursday morning at 8:41 am ET. He will be joined by 1991 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam, and fellow Masters rookie Kevin Tway (son of PGA Championship winner Bob Tway).
Kevin Kisner starts his tournament at 12:54 pm ET. His group includes Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand (despite his last name, he’s got game), and Shugo Imahira of Japan who received the only special invitation based on his play on the Japan Tour.
Bubba Watson puts peg to ground at 1:27 pm ET. His playing companions will be Patrick Cantlay of the US (UCLA) and Satoshi Kodaira of Japan.
A few other groupings of note:
9:58 am: Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson
10:31 am: Patrick Reed (defending champ), Webb Simpson, and amateur/OKSt Cowboy Viktor Hovland
10:53 am: Tommy Fleetwood, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland
11:04 am: Tiger Woods, Haotong Li, Jon Rahm
11:15 am: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Cameron Smith
1:16 pm: Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Tyrell Hatton
1:38 pm: Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day
1:49 pm: Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas
2:00 pm: Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka
There are several ways to watch. And though you might not be in front of a TV or TV stream, you can’t miss with the coverage at Masters.com .
TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), highlights show 11:30-11:45 p.m. (CBS). Saturday, 3-7:30 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 2-7 p.m. (CBS).
RADIO: Thursday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m. (Westwood One and SiriusXM).
MASTERS LIVE STREAM: On the Range, 9-11 a.m. ET. Par 3 Contest, 2-5 p.m. ET. Honorary Starters, 7:45-8:30 a.m. ET, On the Range 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET, Featured Groups 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. ET, Amen Corner 10:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET, Holes 15 & 16 11:45 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET, Broadcast 3:00-7:30 p.m.
That’s all for today. Consider this your open thread for any golf, or really anything you want to throw out. And as always...