Masters 2018: Tee times, schedule, TV, players to watch for PGA Tour’s 1st vital (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Masters 2018 offering copiousness of amour before Tiger Woods resurfaced.

Now that Woods, 42, is behind during Augusta National as a actor — and healthy and inspired and on his diversion — after a two-year hiatus, Masters 2018 has achieved a opposite turn of anticipation. The sports world, not usually a golf world, is examination intently.

Woods is not a usually domicile name who has been rejuvenated. Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Jason Day have won PGA Tour events in 2018 after relations struggles a prior calendar year.

Justin Thomas, reigning PGA Tour actor of a year and universe No. 2, has won twice in a 2017-18 season. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Jon Rahm, No. 5 Justin Rose and No. 7 Rory McIlroy have won this season. World No. 4 Jordan Spieth, who loves to play during Augusta, is sealed in again.

Don’t forget about No. 9 Sergio Garcia, who is fervent to defend. Or Rickie Fowler….

Basically, it will be unfit for Masters 2018 to disappoint. Here are some of DMan’s players to watch, listed by expectancy for row (OWGR in parentheses):

Tiger Woods, United States (No. 103): What did not seem probable usually a few months ago is a reality: Tiger legitimately is back, healthy. Pen him in for a initial page of a leaderboard Sunday afternoon. … Will make 21st Masters start. Four-time champion (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005) and two-time runner-up, with a sum of 13 top-10s.  … Jack Nicklaus (six), Arnold Palmer (four) and Woods (four) are usually players with four-plus victories during Augusta. … Owns 14 vital titles among 79 PGA Tour victories. Seeks initial PGA Tour attainment given WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2013 — his fifth pretension that year. … Finished T-23rd during Farmers Insurance Open 2018, that was his initial central PGA Tour eventuality after long deficiency given of behind issues. Has posted dual top-fives in 4 successive starts (MC/Genesis Open, 12th/Honda Classic, T-2nd/Valspar Championship, T-5th/Arnold Palmer Invitational).

Jordan Spieth, United States (No. 4): 2015 FedExCup champion. … Has finished inside Top 11 in all 4 Masters starts: 2014 (T-2nd), 2015 (1st), 2016 (T-2nd), 2017 (T-11th). Pen him in, too, for a initial page of a leaderboard Sunday afternoon. … Became initial actor to start Masters career with 8 true par-or-better rounds (2014: 71-70-70-72–283; 2015: 64-66-70-70–270). … Led after 54 holes in 2016, before a final-round 1-over 73. Was T-4th by 54 holes final year before a final-round 3-over 75. … Seeks fourth vital championship in 21st vital start (Masters 2015, U.S. Open 2015, U.S. Open 2017). … Seeks 12th career PGA Tour attainment and initial of 2017-18 season. Won 3 times final season. … Finished T-3rd during 16-under, 3 shots out of playoff during Houston Open final week.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland (No. 7): FedExCup 2016 champion. … Will make 10th uninterrupted Masters start. Four top-10s in his past 4 starts: 2014 (T-8th), 2015 (4th), 2016 (T-10th) and 2017 (T-7th). Pen him in for a initial page of a leaderboard Sunday afternoon. … Will make 37th vital start (16 top-10 finishes). … Winner of U.S. Open 2011, PGA Championship 2012 and 2014 and Open Championship 2014. Seeks to turn sixth actor to win career Grand Slam (Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods). … Has won 14 PGA Tour events. Most new attainment was Arnold Palmer Invitational 2018.

Justin Thomas, United States (No. 2): FedExCup 2017 champion and stream No. 1 in FedExCup points. … Will make his third Masters start (T-39th in 2016, T-22nd in 2017). … Has won twice this season: CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges 2017 and Honda Classic 2018. One of 3 mixed winners on PGA Tour this deteriorate (Patton Kizzire and Bubba Watson). … Seeks second uninterrupted vital title. Won initial career vital during PGA Championship 2017. Previous 3 players to win uninterrupted vital championships are Jordan Spieth (Masters 2015, U.S. Open 2015), Rory McIlroy (The Open 2014, PGA Championship 2014) and Padraig Harrington (The Open 2008, PGA Championship 2008). … Seeks to turn fifth actor to win Masters a year after a PGA Championship victory: Phil Mickelson (Masters 2006, PGA Championship 2005); Tiger Woods (Masters 2001, PGA Championship 2000); Jack Nicklaus (Masters 1972, PGA Championship 1971); and Sam Snead (Masters 1952, PGA Championship 1951).

Dustin Johnson, United States (No. 1): Withdrew from Masters 2017 on eve of contest after slipping on stairs and injuring back. … Will make eighth Masters start. Top-10’s in 2015 (T-6th) and 2016 (T-4th). Has unsuccessful to post a sub-par third turn in a 6 times he modernized to a weekend…. Has won 17 PGA Tour events, including dual — The Northern Trust 2017, Tournament of Champions 2018 — given damage during Masters.

Justin Rose, England (No. 5): Shared 54-hole lead with Sergio Garcia during Masters 2018 and finished 72 holes tied during 9-under. … Owns 5 top-10s in 12 Masters appearances, including a past 3 (T-2nd in 2015, T-10th in 2016, 2nd in 2017). … U.S. Open 2013 attainment is one of 13 top-10s in 55 vital starts. … Rallied to win WGC-HSBC Champions in Oct 2017.

Bubba Watson, United States (No. 19): Will make 10th Masters start. Victories in 2012 and 2014 are usually top-10s. … Seeks to join Jimmy Demaret (1940, 1947, 1950), Sam Snead (1949, 1952, 1954), Gary Player (1961, 1974, 1978), Nick Faldo (1989, 1990, 1996) and Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010) as players to win Masters accurately 3 times. Eight players have won 3 or some-more Masters. … Left-handers have won 6 of a final 16 Masters (Phil Mickelson-3, Bubba Watson-2, Mike Weir-1). … Owns 11 PGA Tour titles, including Genesis Open 2018 and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play 2018. One of 3 players with mixed PGA Tour victories this deteriorate (Patton Kizzire, Justin Thomas).

Jason Day, Australia (No. 11): Will make eighth Masters start. Three top-10s: 2011 (T-2nd), 2013 (3rd) and 2016 (T-10th). Never has missed a cut during Augusta (withdrew in 2012). … Will make 30th vital start. Owns 14 top-10s, including attainment during PGA Championship 2015. … 11-time PGA Tour winner. Most recent: Farmers Insurance Open 2018.

Phil Mickelson, United States (No. 18): Will make 26th Masters start. Three-time champion (2004, 2006, 2010), with 8 other top-fives. Players with a many top-fives during a Masters: Jack Nicklaus, 15; Tiger Woods, 11; Phil Mickelson, 11. Players with a many Masters victories: Jack Nicklaus, six; Arnold Palmer, four; Tiger Woods, four. … Owns 5 top-10s in 10 PGA Tour starts this season, including playoff attainment over Justin Thomas during WGC-Mexico Championship 2018 in March. It was his 43rd PGA Tour title. … Five-time vital champion.

Sergio Garcia, Spain (No. 9): Will make 20th Masters start. Owns 4 top-10s. … Seeks to join Tiger Woods (2001-02), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Jack Nicklaus (1965-66) as players to successfully urge Masters title. … Won SMBC Singapore Open 2018 by 5 shots in January, an eventuality co-sanctioned by a Asian Tour and a Japan Golf Tour. … Has done 4 starts on a PGA Tour this season, with top-10s in his past three: WGC-Mexico Championship (T-7th), Valspar Championship (4th) and WGC-Dell Technologies Championship (T-9th).

Jon Rahm, Spain (No. 3): T-27th in Masters entrance final year. Will make seventh vital start, with best outcome entrance in his initial (T-23rd during U.S. Open 2016). … Seeks to turn fourth Spaniard to win Masters; would join Seve Ballesteros (1980, 1983), Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999) and Sergio Garcia (2017). … Has done 43 career PGA Tour starts. Owns 17 top-10s on PGA Tour, including dual victories (Farmers Insurance Open 2017, CareerBuilder Challenge 2018). … Won dual European Tour titles in 2017.

Hideki Matsuyama, Japan (No. 6): Will make seventh Masters start. Top-10s in 2015 (5th) and 2016 (T-7th). … Will make 22nd start in a major. Best finish is T-2nd during U.S. Open 2017. … Began 2017-18 PGA Tour deteriorate with a T-5th during CIMB Classic. Was T-4th during Tournament of Champions. … Missed 6 weeks after withdrawing from Waste Management Phoenix Open 2018 after first-round 69 (wrist). Returned to finish T-49th during Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rickie Fowler, United States (No. 8): Will make eighth uninterrupted Masters start. Best finish is T-5th in 2014, a year he available top-five finishes in all 4 majors. Became initial actor to accomplish a attainment given Tiger Woods in 2005. … First and usually missed cut during Masters came in 2016, following rounds of 80-73.

Ian Poulter, England (No. 29): Earned final mark in Masters 2018 margin by winning Houston Open final week. Defeated Beau Hossler on initial hole of a playoff after both players tied during 19-under. …  Two weeks ago, following a WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he was No. 51 in a OWGR. Top 50 players during that indicate warranted invitations to Masters. … Has done 12 appearances during a Masters, with 3 top-10s (T-6th/2015, 7th/2012, T-10th/2010) and one missed cut (2013). … Best outcome in 55 vital starts is runner-up during The Open Championship 2008. … Posted top-10s in 3 majors in 2012 (7th/Masters, T-9th/The Open, T-3rd/PGA Championship). … Since 1934, usually 5 players have won a week before winning a Masters.

Adam Scott, Australia (No. 60): Will make 17th uninterrupted Masters start. Won in 2014. … Also finished in tip 10 in 2002 (T-9th), 2011 (T-2nd), 2012 (T-8th) and 2017 (T-9th). … Only Australian to win Masters. … Will make 68th coming in a major, 67th consecutive. Active uninterrupted vital appearances (including 2018 Masters): Sergio Garcia, 75; Adam Scott, 67.

Henrik Stenson, Sweden (No. 14): Will make 13th uninterrupted Masters start. Zero top-10s. T-14th in 2014 is best showing. … Will make 47th vital start. Owns 11 top-10s, including Open Championship 2016, where he posted record for low 72-hole contest sum in a vital (20-under 264). … Owns 3 top-10s in 3 PGA Tour starts this season: WGC-HSBC Champions (T-2nd), Arnold Palmer Invitational (4th) and Houston Open (T6).

Masters 2018 report of events, coverage times (subject to change)

Wednesday, Apr 4

  • Practice round, pushing operation uncover ( and CBS Sports Network, 9-11 a.m.)
  • Par-3 Contest (ESPN and, 3-5 p.m.)

Thursday, Apr 5

  • Round 1 (; ESPN, 3-7:30 p.m.)
  • Driving operation uncover (CBS Sports Network, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Friday, Apr 6

  • Round 2 (; ESPN, 3-7:30 p.m.)
  • Driving operation uncover (CBS Sports Network, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Saturday, Apr 7

  • Round 3 (; CBS, 3-7:30 p.m.)
  • Driving operation uncover (CBS Sports Network, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Sunday, Apr 8

  • Round 4 (; CBS, 2-7 p.m. or finish)
  • Driving operation uncover (CBS Sports Network, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Masters 2018
Dates: Apr 5-8.
Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
Par: 72. Yards: 7,435.
Field size: 87.
Defending champion: Sergio Garcia.
Format: 72-hole cadence play.
Cut: After 36 holes, tip 50 and ties and players within 10 strokes of a lead play a final dual rounds.
Last year: Sergio degraded Justin Rose on initial playoff hole to win Masters 2017. It was a 18th playoff in Masters history. Sergio, 37 during a time, cumulative his 10th career PGA Tour pretension in his 313th start and his initial vital in his 74th start.

Field nuggets

* 49 of Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking (No. 10 Brooks Koepka has a wrist injury).

* 17 of 19 opposite winners on PGA Tour in 2017-18 deteriorate (excludes Ryan Armour/Sanderson Farms Championship and Brice Garnett/Corales Puntacana Resort Club Championship).

* 65 players with during slightest one PGA Tour title.

* 20 Masters champions: Sergio Garcia (2017); Danny Willett (2016); Jordan Spieth (2015); Bubba Watson (2012, 2014); Adam Scott (2013); Charl Schwartzel (2011); Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010); Angel Cabrera (2009); Trevor Immelman (2008); Zach Johnson (2007); Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005); Mike Weir (2003); Vijay Singh (2000); Mark O’Meara (1998); Jose Maria Olazabal (1994); Bernhard Langer (1993); Fred Couples (1992); Ian Woosnam (1991); Sandy Lyle (1988); and Larry Mize (1987).

* 8 PGA Champions Tour competitors: Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Larry Mize.

* 23 countries represented, including 40 players from a United States, 9 from England and 5 from South Africa. Spain, Australia and Japan any has four.

Masters quick facts

* Dating to 1991, with a difference of Zach Johnson in 2007 (T-4th), Bubba Watson in 2012 (T-3rd), Adam Scott in 2013 (3rd) and Danny Willett in 2016 (T-5th), any Masters champion has been T-2nd or improved after 54 holes.

* The usually Masters champion who was not inside a tip 10 after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr. in 1959 (T-13th).

* Third-round leader/co-leader has won Masters 44 (out of 81) times. Most recently: Sergio Garcia (2017), Jordan Spieth (2015), Bubba Watson (2014) and Angel Cabrera (2009).

* Eventual Masters champion has come out of final Sunday pairing 22 out of a past 27 years. Exceptions: Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012), Adam Scott (2013) and Danny Willett (2016).

* Youngest leader of Masters is Tiger Woods (1997, 21 years, 3 months, 14 days). … Oldest leader is Jack Nicklaus (1986, 46 years, 2 months, 23 days).

* Gary Player owns a many starts in Masters story (52).

* Largest quip attainment during Masters is 8 shots (Jack Burke, 1956). Burke was 8 behind Ken Venturi by 3 rounds.

* Americans have won 10 of a final 18 Masters dating to 2000.

* Low turn during Masters is 63 (Nick Price/R3/1986, Greg Norman/R1/1996). Low turn during a vital championship is 62 (Branden Grace/R3/The Open Championship 2017).

* Tournament record of 18-under 270 is common by Tiger Woods (1997) and Jordan Spieth (2015).

* There have been 28 aces in Masters history. Most recent: Matt Kuchar, 16th hole, final turn final year.

* Six of past 12 Masters champions played a week before their victory. Most recent: Jordan Spieth in 2015.

* Top 3 players with many esteem income won during Masters are Phil Mickelson ($7,801,762/25 starts), Tiger Woods ($7,360,473/20 starts) and Jordan Spieth ($3,705,200/4 starts).

* Since Masters began in 1934, no actor has posted 4 rounds in a 60s.

* Since 1934, many vital starts but a victory:

  • Jay Haas 87
  • Lee Westwood 79
  • Colin Montgomerie 72
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez 71
  • Steve Stricker 71
  • Scott Hoch 70
  • Brad Faxon 68
  • Robert Allenby 65
  • Scott Verplank 65
  • John Cook 62

Sources: PGA Tour,

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