Bulldog Tee Times
Kevin Kisner: 7:22 am ET off the 10th tee, paired with Canadian Adam Hadwin and hot up-and-comer Scottie Scheffler.
Bubba Watson: 11:27 am ET off the 10th tee, paired with quirky but long Matthew Wolfe and the mullet-ed Englishman Tommy Fleetwood.
Brendon Todd 12:22 pm ET in the last group of the day, off of No. 1 tee. Not too much buzz with this group that includes Korean Sungjae Im and the tall Frenchman Victor Perez.
How To Watch:
If you like good ol’ boob tube, you’re in luck. ESPN will carry the Thursday and Friday load, showing live golf each day between 1:00 and 5:30 eastern. Saturday is on the traditional CBS, from 1:00-5:00. Sunday is the kicker: wake up early, or don’t share your video on your Sunday School Zoom meeting because CBS will begin broadcasting at 10:00 am and will continue coverage until the conclusion of play. This is likely to be around 3 or 4 pm. Yes, they’re moving it up because of a)weather b) allowing for a playoff due to earlier sunsets, and c) football.
The good news is that any phone, tablet, or computer will give you everything you need other than Jim Nantz. Both the Masters app and the website Masters.com gives you all the golf you can watch. They are streaming every shot from every golfer on the app, and you can pick and choose from the options: featured groups, Amen Corner, even custom views of just the players you want.
There are a ton of storylines to follow. As of this writing, only one player invited to the Masters is not playing due to the coronavirus. Sergio Garcia tested positive late Sunday, must isolate, and will not be able to compete. Let’s hope that’s the only one. Now to the golf stories:
Will Tiger Woods match Jack Nicklaus’ 6 green jackets? Maybe even more significant, will he get his 83rd Tour win, most all time? Will his back hold up with the cooler temperatures but no warm spring Georgia sunshine to keep him loose?
Is Bryson DeChambeau going to use a 48 inch driver (maximum allowed by the rules of golf) and overpower Augusta National off the tee like he did at Winged Foot in September? He played a practice round recently and rumours are that he had a short iron into all the par 5s (and using 3 wood at #13).
Both Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are favorites, and both played very well this past Sunday in the Houston warm-up event. Koepka is coming off a knee injury, DJ just recently returned from a positive COVID-19 test. Both are major winners. Will either finally break through at Augusta?
Phil Mickelson has 3 green jackets, but turned 50 in June and has won 2 PGA Tour Champions events in the last couple of months. He’s jumping back and forth between the Senior circuit and the regular Tour, and his regular Tour results are pretty dismal. Is this the week he gets his s*** together?
Jordan Spieth (O-VER-RATED! clap, clap, clapclapclap) is, shall we say, off his game the last 2 years. But his worst finish at Augusta ever is 21st. Will he recapture some of that 2015 magic?
And the annual question: can Rory McIlroy win a green jacket and complete the career grand slam?
Whatever your poison, this is always must-watch TV. Let us know in the comments who you’re following, who’s going to make hay, and what you think the outcome will be. And as always...