Saturday 17 February 2018

What time and what channel? Everything you need to know about the 2017 Masters

Direction signs are posted near a scoreboard on the first fairway at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia
Direction signs are posted near a scoreboard on the first fairway at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia Newsdesk Newsdesk

Rory McIlroy heads to Augusta hoping to join golf's elite club of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four majors.

The Northern Irishman admitted earlier this week that he would not be "fulfilled" until he wins the Masters and becomes just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam.

"I'd love to give you an answer and say my life is already fulfilled, with everything that's happened, and everything that's going to happen in the future, by starting a family and all that," McIlroy told ESPN.

"But if I didn't have a green jacket, there'd be a tiny piece that would just be missing. It really would be. And yeah, I'd be lying if I said, as a person... I wouldn't be fulfilled if I didn't get it.

"I said when I was eight years old that I wanted to be the best golfer in the world and I wanted to win all the majors. I've nearly done all of that. There's one piece of the puzzle that's missing."

Woods will not be in Augusta after withdrawing once more because of a back injury to cast fresh doubt about his future. Shane Lowry is the other Irishman in action this week.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2017 Masters.

What is it?

It's the 2017 edition of The Masters at Augusta National.

When is it?

A superfluous question? Not at all, given the havoc being wreaked this week by inclement weather in the region. The practice rounds have already been disturbed by warnings of tornados and the club is prepared to evacuate at any point during the event if necessary.

As it stands, the first round will get under way as planned on Thursday.

What time does it start?

Play is scheduled to begin at 1pm BST – weather permitting, of course.

The last group to tee off will get going just after 7pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports are your broadcaster for the Masters – primarily Sky Sports 1, but with extra coverage on Sky Sports Xtra, as well as their red-button service and their website. Some live footage will also be available on the official Masters website.

The action will also be available live on eirSport over the four days.

Televised coverage of the Masters is a tricky business and viewers will have difficulty keeping track of all the play, particularly in the first three of the four days.

What are the tee-off times?

All times BST (Friday tee times in brackets); * denotes amateur

  • 1:00pm — Group 1: Daniel Summerhays, Russell Henley (4:07pm)
  • 1:11pm — Group 2: Trevor Immelman, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas (4:18pm)
  • 1:22pm — Group 3: Mike Weir, Billy Hurley III, Scott Piercy (4:29pm)
  • 1:33pm — Group 4: Larry Mize, Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad* (4:40pm)
  • 1:44pm — Group 5: Soren Kjeldsen, Kevin Chappell, Jim Furyk (4:51pm)
  • 1:55pm — Group 6: Sandy Lyle, Sean O'Hair, Scott Gregory (5:13pm)
  • 2:06pm — Group 7: Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin (5:24pm)
  • 2:17pm — Group 8: Tommy Fleetwood, Gary Woodland, J. B. Holmes (5:35pm)
  • 2:28pm — Group 9: Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan (5:46pm)
  • 2:39pm — Group 10: Francesco Molinari, Daniel Berger, Thomas Pieters (5:57pm)
  • 3:01pm — Group 11: Fred Couples, Paul Casey, Kevin Na (6:08pm)
  • 3:12pm — Group 12: Russell Knox, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama (6:19pm)
  • 3:23pm — Group 13: Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jeunghun Wang (6:30pm)
  • 3:34pm — Group 14: Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick (6:41pm)
  • 3:45pm — Group 15: Phil Mickelson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Si Woo Kim (6:52pm)
  • 3:56pm — Group 16: Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day (7:03pm)
  • 4:07pm — Group 17: Rod Pampling, Williams McGirt (1:00pm)
  • 4:18pm — Group 18: Mark O'Meara, Hudson Swafford, Roberto Castro (1:11pm)
  • 4:29pm — Group 19: Ian Woosnam, James Hahn, Brad Dalke* (1:22pm)
  • 4:40pm — Group 20: Ross Fisher, Pat Perez, Byeong Hun Am (1:33pm)
  • 4:51pm — Group 21: Jose Maria Olazabal, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson (1:44pm)
  • 5:13pm — Group 22: Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Bernd Wiesberger (1:55pm)
  • 5:24pm — Group 23: Danny Willett, Matt Kuchar, Curtis Luck* (2:06pm)
  • 5:35pm — Group 24: Vijay Singh, Emiliano Grillo, Toto Gana* (2:17pm)
  • 5:46pm — Group 25: Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton (2:28pm)
  • 5:57pm — Group 26: Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker, Mackenzie Hughes (2:39pm)
  • 6:08pm — Group 27: Charley Hoffman, Chris Wood, Yuta Ikeda (3:01pm)
  • 6:19pm — Group 28: Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry (3:12pm)
  • 6:30pm — Group 29: Bernhard Langer, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed (3:23pm)
  • 6:41pm — Group 30: Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm (3:34pm)
  • 6:52pm — Group 31: Marc Leishman, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas (3:45pm)
  • 7:03pm — Group 32: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker (3:56pm)

What are the odds for 2017?

Dustin Johnson - 5/1

Jordan Spieth - 7/1

Rory McIlroy - 15/2

Jason Day - 16/1

Hideki Matsuyama - 18/1

Jon Rahm - 20/1

Phil Mickelson - 25/1

Justin Rose - 28/1

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