The Masters 2019: Tournament tees off on Thursday, April 11 at Augusta National, officially starting up the first golf major of the season.It will be held from April 11–14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
There are a wide variety of ways to watch the 2019 Masters each year with numerous platforms and cameras staying locked in throughout the championship. One of the best ways to see every single shot on the course is Featured Groups coverage, which follows four groups exclusively throughout their rounds each day. This year, the pairings have set up nicely for Thursday, and the Featured Groups option will allow fans at home to see the entire round for some of the most notable golfers in the 2019 Masters field.
Of course, that includes and is headlined by Tiger Woods. Last year, Woods’ arrival at Augusta National was met with fanfare but also curiosity. One year later, he’s got a Tour Championship win under his belt and two top-10 finishes at his most recent major starts, including a solo runner-up showing at the PGA Championship. No longer is Woods a curiosity; he’s now standing side-by-side with the best in the world with just as much of a chance to finish the weekend sliding his arms into another green jacket.
Woods is scheduled to tee off at 11:04 a.m. ET on Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Haotong Li. They will be one of the two morning pairings featured, getting started about an hour after the group of Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson.
The afternoon has more heavy-hitters for fans at home, following Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and more on a shot-by-shot basis as they make their away around Augusta for the first day of championship competition.
Woods almost never lacks confidence publicly, but 2019 is actually the first time in five years that he enters the Masters having won a PGA Tour event during the previous season.
“I just feel like I’ve improved a lot over the past 12-14 months,” he recently said in Augusta, according to Christine Brennan of USA Today Sports. “But I’ve more than anything just proved to myself that I can play at this level again. I’ve worked my way back into one of the players that can win events.”
Woods, Li and Rahm are at 11:04, followed by McIlroy, Fowler and Cameron Smith. The next five pairings all include a past Masters winner, including three golfers―Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize and Bernhard Langer―who slipped on the green jacket in the 1980s.
As mentioned earlier, the afternoon is stacked with top players.
Francesco Molinari tees off at 1:16 p.m., and Bubba Watson is at 1:27. Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Jason Day follow Watson’s group, then Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas are after that star-studded pairing.
At 2 p.m., 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka finish the first-round groups.