The Masters has historically been a difficult golf tournament to find. Augusta National Golf Club, the site of the competition for its entire history, is famous for being set in its ways. Among more serious things, that includes making its flagship tournament an especially hard one to watch on television.

For years, Augusta didn’t have cameras set up on its front nine holes. The club was exceptionally limiting in how much TV coverage it allowed, for fear of depressing attendance in the galleries. Day passes to the grounds are expensive, after all. Viewers at home could only find small morsels of the tournament for years.

This has changed somewhat in recent times, but only to a point. The Masters’ TV partners, ESPN and CBS, aren’t allowed to go live until 3 p.m. ET on competition days. The exception is Sunday, when CBS starts on television at 2 p.m. ET.

Given that players leave the first tee as early as 8 a.m. on the button, that results in much of the tournament occurring out of televised view.

The tournament now carries a decent live stream that shows some of the action earlier in the day, but you can still see less of the Masters than any of the other three majors. Those tournaments let their networks take to the air early in the morning, and almost every minute of them is included in a broadcast window somewhere. Not here.

There are a few certainties about the Masters. One is that it’ll be a fun tournament to watch every year. Another is that the winner will get a green jacket. A third is that your Twitter timeline will light up with disappointed viewers complaining about the lack of access they’ve got to the tournament. It’s a part of this tradition unlike another.

Really, though, there’s good news. The Masters’ streaming product is a pretty solid one, and it includes featured groups from early on in the morning. So if you’re deeply committed to the cause, you can take in a lot more golf than ESPN (on Thursday and Friday) and CBS (on Saturday and Sunday) will show you. There’s a way.

This post is a collection of ways you can watch the Masters. It’s still more difficult than most would prefer, but it’s a good deal easier than it used to be.

Featured groups at the Masters

Via tournament partner CBS Sports, these are the groups that’ll have their rounds streamed at Masters.com on Thursday and Friday. All times are Eastern.

Thursday

9:06 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin

9:28 a.m.: Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan

1:41 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm

2:03 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker

Friday

9:06 a.m.: Danny Willett, Matt Kuchar, Curtis Luck

9:28 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton

1:41 p.m.: Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick

2:03 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day

That’s a good slate. Most of the world’s top-ranked players will be watchable before 3 p.m. on at least one day. Phil Mickelson will not be, but such is life.

Thursday’s first-round coverage (all times Eastern)

TV:

3-7:30 p.m.: Live first-round coverage – ESPN

8-11 p.m.: Replay of first-round coverage – ESPN

Online:

3-7:30 p.m., 8-11 p.m.: Simulcast of TV coverage on WatchESPN

Streaming at Masters.com:

7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Honorary starters

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Masters on the Range

9:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Featured groups

10:45 a.m.-6 p.m.: Amen Corner

11:45 a.m.-7 p.m.: Holes No. 15 and 16

3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: TV broadcast

Friday’s second-round coverage (all times Eastern)

TV:

3-7:30 p.m.: Live second-round coverage – ESPN

8-11 p.m.: Replay of second-round coverage – ESPN

Online:

3-7:30 p.m., 8-11 p.m.: Simulcast of TV coverage on WatchESPN

Streaming at Masters.com:

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Masters on the Range

9:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Featured groups

10:45 a.m.-6 p.m.: Amen Corner

11:45 a.m.-7 p.m.: Holes No. 15 and 16

3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: TV broadcast

Saturday’s third-round coverage (all times Eastern)

TV:

3-7 p.m.: Live third-round coverage – CBS

Streaming at Masters.com:

10:15 a.m.-7 p.m.: Featured groups

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Masters on the Range

11:45 a.m.-6 p.m.: Amen Corner

12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Holes No. 15 and 16

3 p.m.-7 p.m.: TV broadcast

Sunday’s final-round coverage (all times Eastern)

TV:

2-7 p.m.: Live final-round coverage – CBS

Streaming at Masters.com:

10:15 a.m.-7 p.m.: Featured groups

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Masters on the Range

11:45 a.m.-6 p.m.: Amen Corner

12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Holes No. 15 and 16

3 p.m.-7 p.m.: TV broadcast

All times for Masters.com streaming events are based on player movements. They’re subject to change, depending on the pace of play.

Source : SBnation