Golf fans will be able to watch the 2015 Masters Tournament live online and see whether Rory McIlroy can complete his career Grand Slam or whether one of the challengers to the No. 1 player in the world takes home the green jacket.
The first major tournament of 2015 kicks off Thursday, with the first group teeing off at 7:45 a.m. from Augusta, Georgia.
While there are many golfers capable of winning the tournament, ESPN‘s Michael Collins writes that McIlroy comes in as the favorite.
“What’s the old saying? Big names step up in big spots… or something like that? This time, the official No. 1 player in the world will complete the career Grand Slam and etch his name into history books. This time, one bad hole won’t derail what McIlroy has worked so hard to accomplish.”
But those who watch the 2015 Masters golf tournament live online will also get to see the return of Tiger Woods, who is back from a self-imposed break from golf to play what will be just his 48th hole of competitive golf this season.
The former Masters champion said he feels ready to return.
“I’m excited… to be back playing at this level,” he said. “I feel like my game is finally ready to compete… at the highest level.”
Tiger is trying to stay loose, not putting pressure on himself after a long time away from golf. He is even having his two kids caddy for him at the easy-going Par 3 contest on Wednesday.
“We all know what happened in ’97 with my dad’s health… he was dead at one point earlier that year, came back, then came here and I won the Masters,” Woods said. “To now have come full circle and to have a chance to have my kids out there and be able to share that with them, it’s special.”
Here are the 2015 Masters golf tournament start times (via CBS Sports) (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, April 8 (Par 3 Contest) – noon
Thursday, April 9 (First Round) – 8 a.m.
Friday, April 10 (Second Round) – 8 a.m.
Saturday, April 11 (Third Round) – 8 a.m.
Sunday, April 12 (Fourth Round) – 8 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8 (Par 3 Contest) – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, April 9 (First Round) – 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, April 10 (Second Round) – 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, April 11 (Third Round) – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, April 12 (Fourth Round) – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CBS)
Fans who want to watch the 2015 Masters Tournament live online can turn to ESPN’s streaming video site WatchESPN for early coverage and CBSSports.com for live streaming video of the tournament’s completion. Streaming video will also be available through Masters.com, and video will be available to European viewers through the BBC and Sky Sports.
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