The Masters, the first major tournament of the 2013, gets underway today in Augusta, Ga., with the first golfers teeing off at 8 a.m.
And if you’d like to watch Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 1 golfer and the favorite to win the tournament for a fifth times, you’re out of luck unless you’re a
fan patron on the grounds at Augusta.
Woods tees off at 10:45 a.m. EDT and he should be finished with his round — just as ESPN’s live coverage begins at 3 p.m. (So enjoy watching that leaderboard reload all day and the occasional live updates from ESPN.)
The internet won’t be very helpful, either. Today, Masters.com will stream two featured groups and Amen Corner (holes 11-13) and 15 and 16. The first group includes Peter Hanson, Charl Schwartzel, and Webb Simpson; the second features K.J. Choi, Zach Johnson and Graeme McDowell.
(Woods will be in a featured group Friday but doesn’t tee off until 1:41 p.m., which means that most of his round will be on ESPN’s live coverage from 3-7 p.m.)
Woods, who said “I feel very comfortable with every aspect of my game,” comes into the tournament with three wins already in 2013 and a new girlfriend, skier Lindsey Vonn. His confidence is back — and it’s showing, although Colin Montgomerie wondered if some of it is bravado.
“Is it false – is it all part of the psychology? Is he trying to convey to his playing opponents that he’s back in the right place to win?” Montgomerie told Sky Sports. “There was a time through the late ’90s and early 2000s where, if he played half decently, everyone else was playing for second place.
“He wants to get that type of ‘bullying’ feel back again — so that he can try to bully the field into submission before they even start. I think he’s working well on it. Even his coach, Sean Foley, is out there saying he’s never seen every area of his game in such great condition.
“We may well see him tee off and hit it straight over the trees and onto the ninth fairway and think ‘what was all that about?’ But I think there is a bit of psychology going on.”
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China who is the youngest golfer to start the Masters, tees off at 12:24 p.m.
Here are other key tee times today:
10:34 a.m: Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Steven Fox.
10:45 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.
10:56 a.m.: Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington.
12:13 p.m.: Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney.
12:24 p.m.: Ben Crenshaw, Matteo Manassero, Tianlang.
1:30 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer.
1:41 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Fredrik Jacobson.