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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, Masters.com, 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 Masters.com 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.
3 p.m. ET on April 8
3 p.m. ET on April 9
3 p.m. ET on April 10
2 p.m. ET on April 11
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.
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.
What we do know is that if anybody can overcome his injuries to return to the PGA Tour, it is Tiger Woods as nobody is more competitive. Relive some of the greatest examples of Woods’ competitiveness below:
When Woods was 14 he said he could be the Michael Jordan of golf.
Woods recently revealed what his daily routine was when he was younger:
“I used to get up in the morning, run four miles. Then I’d go to the gym, do my lift. Then I’d hit balls for two to three hours, I’d go play, come back, work on my short game, I’d go run another four more miles, and then if anyone wanted to play basketball or tennis, I would go play basketball or tennis. That was a daily routine. I’m not doing any of that now.”
According to his former trainer, Hank Haney, Tiger’s marathon training days would last for 13 hours.
Prior to the 2019 PGA Championship, Tiger was asked about John Daly getting permission to use a cart. Tiger grinned and referred back to that U.S. Open win, saying, “as far as J.D. taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg.”
Woods was not known be very friendly on the golf course during his prime, making plenty of rivals throughout his career.
He once fired an iconic death stare at his ex-caddie Steve Williams after their messy breakup.
Phil Mickelson has been one of Tiger’s top rivals, though it appears the two are now friendlier than ever.
When Woods and Mickelson played a practice round together before the 2018 Masters, it was so surreal that McIlroy actually told Tiger, “I never thought I’d see the day: Tiger and Phil playing a practice round at Augusta.”
Of course, he still had to have some fun afterward, saying Mickelson’s button-down golf shirt was missing a tie.
Pro golfer Maverick McNealy told a story about Tiger accepting a challenge to hit a building in a canyon with a golf ball. He did it in two tries, then did it again.
“Tiger hits one. And he’s like, ‘Oh, it’s about 10 yards right.’ My dad said, ‘Yeah, 50 yards short of anything.’ And he had a little house, a little roof, way down there [in the canyon]. And Tiger was like, ‘Give me another ball.’ So he gets another ball, tees it up, hits it and says, ‘That’s right on it.’
“And it’s a dead quiet, dead still evening. And the ball’s going, going, going. Then I hear, bam! Right off the roof. And so we all run inside, giggling and laughing. The roof had to have been 400 yards out there and 50 feet, maybe more, dropped down into a canyon valley. And Tiger says, ‘Oh, I’m going to do that again.’ So he gets out, puts another ball down, rips it. And bam! Rips it off the roof again. We said, ‘OK, we’re done. We’re done.'”
His numerous comebacks from injuries prove how hard-working he is.
Upon returning to golf in 2015 after an injury, Woods said:
“Competing is still the same. I’m trying to beat everybody out there. That hasn’t changed. I prepare to win and expect to go and do that… The only difference is that I won the Masters when Jordan [Spieth] was still in diapers.”
At the 2019 Masters, where Tiger won his 15th major and proved he was finally back, reportedly cursed himself out in a bathroom in private after 2 straight bogeys. He then rebounded to win the green jacket.