How to watch the Masters tournament when the golf competition begins on April 8

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  • The Masters is one of professional golf’s four major tournaments.
  • You can watch all the action for free starting April 8 at or via the Masters mobile app.
  • Select coverage will also be available on ESPN, CBS, ESPN+, and Paramount Plus.

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The Masters is one of the most cherished tournaments in sports, and its iconic green jacket is the object of desire for golfers around the world.

The tournament, the first of the PGA’s four majors, is scheduled to begin on April 8 and will run through April 11. Unlike last year’s competition, this year’s event will allow in-person fans to watch their favorite golfers in action. For the first time since 2019, the tournament will take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Although 2019 winner Tiger Woods will be absent from this year’s edition, 2020 champion Dustin Johnson hopes to defend his title. Other top golfers, including Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth, hope to grab the green jacket in 2021.

How to watch the Masters 2021

The Masters will begin on April 8 and the tournament will conclude on April 11. Coverage will be spread across a few different broadcast stations and online sources, including ESPN, CBS, CBS Sports,, the Masters app, ESPN+, and Paramount Plus.

You can stream the Masters Tournament for free through the Masters website and mobile app

The most comprehensive way to stream the Masters is through the website or the Masters mobile app. Both the website and the app are free and don’t require an account or TV provider.

Through the app and website, you’ll be able to watch four rounds of streams from select groups and select holes, such as Augusta National Golf Course’s Amen Corner.

Aside from select streams, you can also choose certain players to add to a “My Group” list. Once you choose players to watch, you can start streaming all their shots live from the tournament. This is the only way you can catch golfers with the earliest tee times each round.

The only downside to using the website or app is that playback will be limited to a mobile device or web browser. If you want easy access to the Masters on your TV, you can catch select coverage on ESPN and CBS, as well as streaming services like ESPN+ and Paramount Plus.

The Masters: ESPN and CBS schedule

ESPN will broadcast select coverage from the first and second rounds of the Masters. CBS will offer select coverage from the third and fourth rounds of the tournament.


Coverage starts


Round 1

3 p.m. ET on April 8


Round 2 3 p.m. ET on April 9 ESPN
Round 3

3 p.m. ET on April 10


Round 4 2 p.m. ET on April 11 CBS

The cheapest way to watch ESPN’s first and second round broadcasts without cable is via Sling TV.

Sling’s Orange plan costs $35 a month and includes the ESPN channel, along with several other popular networks like TNT, AMC, and CNN. You can find a full breakdown of Sling’s channel offerings here.

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Outside of the ESPN cable network’s broadcast, you can also get access to select groups and holes from the tournament through ESPN+.

The platform costs $6 a month or $60 a year. ESPN+ can also be bundled with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month. It’s important to remember, however, that ESPN+ does not include access to the live ESPN channel.

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If you want to watch the third and fourth round broadcasts on CBS without cable, your cheapest streaming option is Paramount Plus. Paramount Plus costs $6 a month for ad-supported streaming, or $10 a month for ad-free streaming. Commercial-free playback is only available when watching on-demand content.

Like ESPN+, Paramount Plus will also offer streams of select groups and holes that won’t be part of the TV broadcast. You can find our full Paramount Plus review here.

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President Biden’s dogs must resign

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President Biden’s dogs, Major and Champ, relax on the lawn amid accusations of bites and poops.

  • President Biden’s dogs, Major and Champ, have engaged in serious misconduct.
  • They must do the right thing and resign as White House pets.
  • This is an opinion column, the thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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When then-Vice Presidential candidate Biden promised his family in 2008 that they’d purchase a puppy if he and Barack Obama won the presidential election, he surely could not have imagined the level of corruption this canine would bring to the White House.

Indeed, “Champ” – a purebred German Shepherd who came from a breeder in Pennsylvania – has been clouded in scandal ever since he first stepped foot in the nation’s capital more than a decade ago. “We are surprised that Sen. Biden chose to purchase a dog from a commercial kennel since he has been a leader on animal-protection issues,” said the Humane Society in 2008.

Three presidential elections later, Champ is still at the center of various misdeeds, only this time, with a new partner in crime. The Biden’s second dog “Major” is also a German Shepherd, but – likely due to the backlash from the Bidens’ buying a kennel dog in 2008 – was adopted from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018. Upon the adoption, the humane society posted on Facebook that it was a “very lucky day” for Major.

But if you ask any of Champ or Major’s victims, they’re anything but lucky. I am calling on both Champ and Major to look inward and realize that they are no longer in a position to lead. They must resign from their roles as White House pets.

Major pain

On March 9, Major locked his eyes on a secret service member in the White House and, as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki put it, “reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual.”

There’s a reason Psaki used language befitting of an “officer-involved” shooting: to shift blame from the attacker and place it on the victim. Long have authorities used the “passive voice” to describe misconduct, and this is just the latest example of a corrupt need to protect the powerful. Major didn’t “react in a way that resulted in injury,” Jen, he attacked someone. Bad dog.

In response to the incident, Major spent some time away in Delaware, presumably on administrative leave. He is said to have received White House training within the past couple of weeks, and is now being walked with a leash. Despite these preventative measures – implemented to protect the staff and visitors of the White House just trying to go about their day from a dog with a history of violence – Major would once again find himself in a “biting-involved” incident on March 30. This time, the victim required medical attention. Next time? I shudder to think.

Champ, on the other hand, is the possible culprit of a pile of feces left in the hallway outside of the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. More disrespectful than pooping inside is the fact that he did so on the White House’s famous red carpet.

Some have tried to blame these actions on the shock of the move to DC or the high number of people coming in and out of the White House, but the time for excuses has passed. Such callous acts are indicative of an apathy towards responsibility and a lack of respect for the position of White House pet.

Suffice it to say, these dogs have a huge platform. Indeed, over 7,500 people attended Major’s “indoguration,” an event so big it landed singer Josh Groban as its musical act. Their popularity and influence cannot be overstated, and it is for this reason that their actions must be highly scrutinized.

They had an opportunity to meet this role with dignity, and instead, have behaved unlike any major or champion I’ve ever heard of. By breaking our trust, they have conceded their inability to lead, and they must resign as White House pets. For the good of the White House staff and the country, they should return to being civilians, perhaps spending more time with family in Delaware.

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