Masters 2019 : The Masters 2019 Golf Digest team of editors offer updates, insights and analysis on all the action from Augusta National. Patrick Reed returns to defend his Green Jacket as the stars of world gold descend on Georgia for The Masters.
With 54 holes in the books and 18 more to get in before inclement weather hits on Sunday afternoon, the 2019 Masters will be off and running early. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with the televised broadcast window beginning at 9 a.m. and the 54-hole leaders taking the course shortly thereafter.
That means Tiger Woods, making his first appearance in a final pairing at Augusta National since 2007 after shooting a 7-under 67 on Saturday, will lineup alongside Tony Finau and solo leader Francesco Molinari at 9:20 a.m. Molinari is on top of the pack at 13 under, while Woods and Finau (who shot one of three 8-under 64s on Saturday) are two back at 11 under. There’s plenty of big names behind them also in contention for a green jacket, and Sunday will be a sprint to the finish among some of the top golfers in the world.
There will be plenty of action throughout the day at Augusta National, but with golfers playing in threesomes and starting at both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees, there’s a lot to wade through. All that’s left is to find out when Woods and your favorite golfers are playing so you can follow them throughout the day, both on CBS Sports and streaming on Masters Live. Well, we are here to answer that question for you. Here’s a look at the tee times and pairings for Sunday as the 2019 Masters continues from Augusta National. Also, here’s our complete TV coverage and live streaming guide for the Masters.The 2019 Masters, men’s professional golf’s first major of the year, will be held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, from Thursday, April 11, 2019 (4/11/19) to Sunday, April 14, 2019 (4/14/19).
As the fourth round starts on Sunday, Tiger Woods will be two strokes behind leader Francesco Molinari, who is 13 under par. Tony Finau is tied for second place with Woods at 11 under par. Brooks Koepka is at 10 under par.This is a tradition unlike any other for the Masters — an early start Sunday with hopes of finishing ahead of thunderstorms.
Players will start in threesomes on the first and 10th tees, with the first group out at 7:30 a.m. The leaders will tee off at 9 a.m., about six hours earlier than a typical Sunday at Augusta National.
Assuming there are no delays, the final round should end about 2:30 p.m.
CBS Sports will broadcast the final round starting at 9 a.m.
Club chairman Fred Ridley says an early start gives the tournament the best chance to avoid rain and end on Sunday. The Masters has not gone to a Monday finish since Seve Ballesteros won in 1983.Due to the threat of impending weather, the Masters is moving up tee times on Sunday.
According to the Augusta National Golf Club, players will be grouped in threesomes with tee times scheduled for 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
The leaders will then tee off at 9:20 a.m.
Gates are now scheduled to open at 7:15 a.m.
“The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount,” Masters Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement. “We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to compete the Masters on Sunday. This decision should benefit everyone — the players, our patrons, and our fans watching around the world. Given the competitiveness and drama of this year’s Tournament, we look forward to an exciting conclusion tomorrow.”It proved a decent introduction. Jack Nicklaus destroyed Greg Norman by taking just 30 shots for the last nine holes to win a record sixth Green Jacket.
The roars were loud, the colours vibrant, water everywhere. The roars got louder. The television commentary was sublime. I was hooked.
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The tournament is neatly packaged between the honorary starter’s drive on Thursday and the presentation of the Green Jacket in the Butler Cabin on Sunday.
But even before the opening tee shot, there is Tuesday’s Champions Dinner and Wednesday’s par-three contest to lighten the mood.
The menu for the Champions Dinner is created by the previous year’s winner. In 1997, England’s Nick Faldo chose tomato soup followed by fish and chips. In 2012, Charl Schwartzel requested a South African braai – a type of barbecue – with monkey gland sauce.
Defending champion Patrick Reed has opted for the safer option of steak, mac and cheese, and creamed vegetables.
“I’m definitely going to fatten everyone up,” said Reed, who has included grilled chicken and seafood “to try to please the 30-something men”.
The par-three contest has a relaxed air, with players’ partners, children and friends donning the caddies’ white boiler suits and allowed to hit tee shots and putts.
Beware the ‘par-three curse’ though – in the 58 years it has been contested, nobody has won it and then gone on to secure the Green Jacket.
All the while the patrons – always patrons, never spectators – move serenely around the course. They have to, or they risk being chucked out.
The rules are simple. No running. No shouting. No mobile phones. And if you have a Masters-approved chair, you can plonk it in your favourite place, wander off for the day and return safe in the knowledge nobody will have touched it.
The patrons are handsomely rewarded for their good behaviour. Pimento cheese sandwiches – a local favourite – set them back a little over £1, while a local beer is not much over a couple of quid.
And then there’s big John Daly. He’s becoming something of a Masters institution. The 1995 Open champion is in Augusta again this year, but not to play. He has set up his van in a parking lot just round the corner from the entrance, selling memorabilia.