Everything You Need To Know For The 80th Masters

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Everyone’s favorite weekend in golf kicks off Wednesday at Augusta National for the 80th annual Masters Tournament where Jordan Spieth will defend his 2015 title.

Practice rounds began Monday with many players coming off showings at the Shell Houston Open Sunday only to immediately make their way to Augusta. The most notable practice round so far was that of Rory McIlroy who landed a hole in one this morning on the 16th. McIlroy holed out from 170 yards in a match against Chris Woods.

Surprisingly, this is the first McIlroy has played this year at Augusta, a testament to his mentality entering Thursday’s opening rounds, to not overthink it. He hasn’t shied away from his desire for a career grand slam and when asked about the overwhelming success of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, he said, “I don’t want to be left out. I want to be a part of that conversation.”
 


 
Speaking of Day, he enters this year’s Masters as a favorite on a two tournament win streak, winning both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Dell Match Play. His win in Austin for match play was borderline absurd considering he struggled with flu like symptoms the entire week and told reporters after his win that he lost 11 pounds over 5 days due to the sickness. Day has finished top five twice in his last five Masters and will begin Thursday’s opening round as the world number one.

The number two golfer in the world, the reigning champion and perhaps the player with the biggest target on his back this week, Jordan Spieth, has had less early success this year but then again, we haven’t seen any major performances yet in 2016. Spieth has finished in the top 20 in his last four tournaments but no finishes better than a tie for 13th in that span. He has won on tour this year though, taking first at the Hyundai Tournament January 7th. Despite the inconsistency though, Spieth’s work with the flat stick, what got him two major wins last year, is as good as ever. He ranks first on the PGA Tour in putting average and putting from outside of 25 feet, two statistics that bare so much importance when putting on Augusta’s linoleum greens. Last week he was asked about the preparation and feeling that comes with playing the Masters and he said, “It’s in 10 days… Just saying, that makes you just want to go out and do push ups or something.” Safe to say, he’s pumped.

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How To Watch:


 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6TH – PAR 3 CONTEST

TV – 3PM – 5PM (Live on ESPN)
Online – 3PM (Masters.com)
 
THURSDAY APRIL 7TH – OPENING ROUND

TV – 3PM – 7:30PM (Live on ESPN)
Online – 9:15AM (Featured Groups), 10:45 AM (Amen Corner), 11:45 AM (Holes 15 & 16) (Masters.com)
 
FRIDAY APRIL 8TH – ROUND #2

TV – 3PM – 7:30PM (Live on ESPN)
Online – 9:15AM (Featured Groups), 10:45 AM (Amen Corner), 11:45 AM (Holes 15 & 16) (Masters.com)
 
SATURDAY APRIL 9TH – ROUND #3

TV – 3PM – 7PM (Live on CBS)
Online – 10:30AM – 7PM (Featured Groups), 12PM – 7PM (Amen Corner), 12:45PM – 7PM (Holes 15 & 16) (CBS Masters Live)
 
SUNDAY APRIL 10TH – FINAL ROUND

TV – 2PM – 7PM (Live on CBS)
Online – 10:30AM – 7PM (Featured Groups), 12PM – 7PM (Amen Corner), 12:45PM – 7PM (Holes 15 & 16) (CBS Masters Live)

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