The Masters is back. It's back in spring, where it belongs, just five months after the global pandemic of 2020 forced it to become a November event. No spectators. No azaleas in bloom. And it'll be back on all the devices on which we deem fit to watch.
In other words, it's back to normal. Or the new normal, at least.
Justin Rose has led both rounds going into the weekend, but it's just a single shot in front at 6-under. Will Zalatoris and Brian Harman are a shot back of Rose, and Marc Leishman and Justin Spieth are another shot back at 5-under
It's a week a pageantry and pomp and practice rounds heading into the four-day tournament. And because it's 2021, we've got more ways than ever to watch The Masters, from every practice round to the donning of the green jacket.
Here's how to watch The Masters in 2021.
How to watch The Masters if you're in the United States
In the United States, you've got all kinds of different ways to watch The Masters. There's the official Masters website — Masters.com. That'll have pre-tournament practice rounds and range time, among other features. There's also the official Masters app, available on iOS and also on Android.
Traditional television is still where it's at for most folks, though. And to that end, it's the usual deal. ESPN has the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday, followed by a move to CBS for the weekend.
That means a few things. First is that you'll be able to watch the weekend rounds with a good over-the-air antenna, which is nice.
Second is that you can get ESPN on every major streaming service. CBS is (oddly) a little harder to come by because Sling TV doesn't carry it, and Hulu With Live TV just lost a bunch of CBS affiliates.
Where to turn, then? We'd start with FuboTV. And more specifically, we'd start with the FuboTV free trial. That'll get you streaming access to ESPN as well as your local CBS affiliate — plus 90-something other channels for $64.99, along with 500 hours of cloud-based DVR. FuboTV also has a number of premium add-ons that focus on sports and that you can't find anywhere else.
Another great source for watching even more Masters content this week is ESPN+. The standalone service will have coverage of all four days and is a great addition to the full ESPN and CBS coverage.
ESPN+ will follow two featured groups in the morning rounds, and two more in the afternoon, Thursday through Sunday. Here's how that breaks down:
- 9:50 a.m. Saturday — Adam Scott and Sebastian Munoz
- 10 a.m. Saturday — Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel
- 2 p.m. Saturday — Jordan Spieth and Bernd Wiesberger
- 2:20 p.m. — Justin Rose and Will Zalatoris
There also is blanket coverage of "Amen Corner," which comprises Holes 11 through 13, meaning that you'll see every shot from every player on those three holes. Same goes for Holes 4 through 6 and 15 and 16, which also are very difficult — just not so much to automatically make you turn to religion.
ESPN+ runs $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year. But even better is if you get it as part of the Disney Bundle, which comprises ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+ for just $13.99 a month — essentially getting you all three services for the price of two. If you want to go even better, check out the Disney Bundle that includes Hulu with Live TV. You'll get all that, plus live linear TV for just $72 a month — or $7 more than if you were to get Hulu With Live TV on its own. It's hard to beat that.
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Here's the full schedule for The Masters this week — all times are Eastern.
- Thursday, April 8: Live on ESPN at 3 p.m.; live online starting at 7:45 a.m.
- Friday, April 9: Live on ESPN at 3 p.m.; live online starting 8:30 a.m.
- Saturday, April 10: Live on CBS at 3 p.m.; live online starting at 10:15 a.m.
- Sunday, April 11: Live on CBS at 2 p.m.; live online starting at 10:15 a.m.
Listen to The Masters on SiriusXM
The Masters tournament features over 80 golfers, playing over 10 hours a day for four days. You may not be in front of a TV that entire time, but that doesn't mean you need to miss any of the action. SiriusXM is your key to Masters audio coverage, with live broadcasts beginning at 2 p.m. each day of tournament play.
In addition to live coverage, there will be exclusive SiriusXM shows featuring champions of previous Masters, including Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler, Fred Couples and more. You can listen to SiriusXM in your vehicle, or streaming to your mobile devices.
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