When the 2020 Masters, delayed by coronavirus pandemic, was performed final November, the course was not in its standard springtime form, as Invoice Pennington and Alan Blinder reported. The golfers ran amok, and Dustin Johnson gained with a rating of 20 beneath par, the biggest margin of victory within the historical past of the event, with 43 gamers ending beneath par.
What a distinction a season makes. Right here’s what occurred within the first three rounds this week:
On Thursday, the course had its manner with the sector, with solely 11 golfers ending beneath par. Justin Rose was an outlier, capturing a seven-under-par 65, and led after the first round. Solely Rose, Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama shot beneath 70.
On Friday, the fan favourite Jordan Spieth, who has been waging a gradual comeback and gained his first event since 2017 the earlier week on the Texas Valero Open, turned in an excellent round, a four-under-par 68. He was simply two strokes behind Rose, the second-round chief. In a little bit of a shock, Johnson, the defending champion, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy all failed to make the cut.
A 78-minute rain delay arrange a exceptional run up the leaderboard by Matsuyama. The 29-year-old Japanese star shot 65 to enter Sunday’s final round 11 under par. 4 golfers have been tied for second: Rose, Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman and the Masters rookie Will Zalatoris.
Protection of the Masters Event is break up throughout plenty of tv networks, streaming platforms and web sites, making it complicated to know the right way to watch. The excellent news is that there are a variety of viewing choices, a few of them free, for golf followers.
Right here is how one can catch Sunday’s last spherical.
The primary motion
The standard tv protection of the event’s last spherical, which can culminate with anyone donning a inexperienced jacket, will be seen on CBS from 2 to 7 p.m. Jap time. That protection shall be simulcast within the CBS Sports activities app and on the Paramount+ streaming service.
Teams start teeing off within the morning, nonetheless, and you can begin watching the Masters together with your espresso. On the Masters livestream there are 4 totally different “channels” to look at:
These choices all start and finish at totally different instances, relying on when the primary golfers attain the totally different holes, however the featured teams channel kicks issues off at 10:25 a.m. Jap. The featured teams are Paul Casey and Billy Horschel (10:30 a.m.), Bryson DeChambeau and Harris English (11 a.m.), Justin Spieth and Brian Harman (2:10 p.m.) and Justin Rose and Marc Leishman (2:30 p.m.).
You’ll be able to watch the Masters livestream in plenty of totally different locations. ESPN+, Paramount+, the CBS Sports activities app, CBSSports.com and Masters.com all carry it.
If you’re extra enthusiastic about evaluation from speaking heads and pictures of golfers practising earlier than their tee instances, the Golf Channel is dwell from the Masters each earlier than and after the principle protection on CBS. When you miss the ultimate spherical, encore protection begins nearly instantly, at eight p.m. Jap on the CBS Sports activities Community.
The Masters Event is likely one of the South’s grandest spring traditions. Doug Mills, a New York Occasions workers photographer, has been capturing the environment all week: