Fans can watch the 2016 Masters golf tournament live online and see if Jordan Spieth can become just the third golfer ever to win back-to-back titles or if another golfer can rise to the challenge this year.
The action starts Thursday, with the featured groups starting at 9:15 a.m. ET. A complete schedule of the action can be found here.
For Jordan Spieth, the road to defending his 2015 Masters title got off to a bit of a rocky start. On Wednesday, he broke his favorite driver and spent many hours at the driving range working with a replacement.
But as the Golf Channel noted, it may have ended up being a positive development for Spieth.
“Speaking to Golf Channel at the Golf Writers Association of America’s annual awards banquet Wednesday night, Spieth said he cracked the head of his driver earlier in the day. Titleist has already provided Spieth with a replacement which – per Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte – Spieth says he actually likes better.”
But those who watch the 2016 Masters golf tournament live online will likely see a wide open affair. Gone are the days when it was a 50-50 chance that Tiger Woods would win — in fact, he’s not even healthy enough to compete this year — and ESPN noted that this year’s tournament could be won by any number of competitors. From Justin Day to Rory McIlroy to two-time champion Bubba Watson or Rickie Fowler, there are more than a dozen golfers who could conceivably win it all.
“I think this year’s Masters might be the hardest one to win in quite a while as far as depth of the field and the quality of golf being played by people who play Augusta National very well,” Spieth told ESPN. “You can see these kind of trends. Rory has played Augusta National very well, and he’s playing strong golf this year. He wants it very, very badly. We all know that. Everybody wants it badly. There’s a bunch of guys who love the tournament and the course who are playing great golf. You kind of always see a little bit of that, but I think it’s widespread this year.”
Adam Scott, who has a knack for playing his best golf at Augusta, also noted that it’s a deep and very talented field this year.
“I think we’re all very reactive at times to just whatever happens today, and that’s it,” said Scott, who won the 2013 Masters. “It’s really hard to play golf consistently well for long periods of time, and there are three, four very clear standouts who I think have played the best over the last 12 months, but there’s no clear separation in my mind.”
He added, “In the big picture of things certainly over that 12 months, yes, and they’re clearly the best players right now, but to not even discuss a Bubba Watson for winning golf tournaments is unbelievable, and again, he’s finished first and second [at Riviera and then Doral], and there’s a whole string of players that can put it together any given week.”
Scott himself is considered among the favorites, with USA Today predicting that he would be wearing the green jacket by the end of the weekend.
Fans who want to watch the 2016 Masters golf tournament live online can click here for streaming video through CBS Sports. A complete schedule along with video of featured groups, Amen Corner, and holes 15 and 16 can be found here.
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