2017 Masters Guide: Where and who to watch, video highlights

By Alex Butler   |   April 9, 2017 at 8:25 AM
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April 6 (UPI) -- Travel down Magnolia Lane, eye Amen Corner and choose a favorite to take home the green jacket at the 2017 Masters.

Here are official tee times, where to watch and highlights from the annual golf tournament:

Ceremonial tee shot

Arnold Palmer's green jacket adorned a white lawn chair nearby as teary-eyed friends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit ceremonial tee shots to open the 81st Masters on Thursday.

"This is a wonderful and difficult day,'' said Masters chairman Billy Payne. "Arnold Palmer was more than a king. He was my friend. He was your friend.''

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First round | Thursday, April 6 | Concluded

Charley Hoffman takes charge on back-nine for first-round lead at 2017 Masters Tournament

Four-time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman birdied eight of the final 13 holes in blustery and cold conditions to forge to a 7-under-par 65 and grab the first-round lead at The Masters Tournament on Thursday at the famed Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

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Second round | Friday, April 7 | Concluded

Sergio Garcia, Charley Hoffman tied for early lead

For years, Sergio Garcia has been near the top of everyone's list of best players without a major championship, but after the morning wave finished the second round of the 81st Masters, he found himself on top of the leaderboard.

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Third round | Concluded

Justin Rose ties Sergio Garcia for lead

Justin Rose of England, who has captured one major title and another that felt like it, put himself in position for his first Green Jacket on Saturday.

Rose birdied five of the last seven holes to shoot a 5-under-par 67 that was the low score of the day and is tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia of Spain heading to the final round of the 81st Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

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Final round | Sunday, April 9

Tee time: 10 a.m.

TV: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS

Live stream: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at CBSSports.com and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. [TV Simulcast] at Masters.com


2017 Masters predictions: 10 players to watch, picks to win

1. Dustin Johnson [Withdrew from tournament]

Many people have thought DJ was the best golfer in the world for a while now, and he has proved it by winning his past three starts, including two World Golf Championships. He has taken a firm hold on the No. 1 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedExCup standings by finishing sixth or better in five of his six starts on the PGA Tour this year. And Johnson finally got the major monkey off his back last year when he captured the U.S. Open at Oakmont by three strokes over Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry of Ireland and Scott Piercy, shrugging off a one-stroke penalty after his ball moved slightly on the ninth green and he did not place it back on the original spot. Johnson is making his seventh start in the Masters and recorded his best results the past two years, tying for sixth in 2015 before tying for fourth last year, two of his 13 finishes in the top 10 in the major championships.

2. Rory McIlroy

Rory will make his third bid to become the sixth player to complete the Career Grand Slam this week in the Masters, and even though he has yet to win at Augusta National, he has proven that his game seems to be a good fit for the first major of the year by finishing in the Top 10 each of the last three years. But his most memorable Masters came when he took a four-stroke lead into the final round in 2011, only to implode with an 8-over-par 80 and skid to a tie for 15th. McIlroy showed his moxie when he bounced back to win the U.S. Open by eight strokes two months later at Congressional, the first of his four major championships. He hasn't won a major since claiming the PGA Championship for the second time in 2014, a month after winning the Open Championship. McIlroy is playing well, having tied for fourth in the WGC-HSBC Champions and the WGC-Mexico Championship, and tied for seventh in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his three PGA Tour stroke-play events this year.

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