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If you were hoping to watch Tiger Woods' first round at the Masters live tomorrow, you better start driving to Georgia and hope to scalp Thursday badges. Due to a curious choice of featured groups on Masters.com, the majority of the No. 1 player in the world's first 18 holes won't be streamed or televised until replays are shown when national coverage begins at 3 PM on ESPN.
The official website of the Masters offers live coverage of two featured groups, Amen Corner (holes 11-13), and holes 15 and 16. Thursday's first featured group includes Peter Hanson, Charl Schwartzel, and Webb Simpson, while the second features K.J. Choi, Zach Johnson, and Graeme McDowell.
Woods tees off at 10:45 AM Thursday, making it likely that he'll be finishing up his round as coverage begins on ESPN. Fans are only guaranteed five live holes of his round, and will have to make do with a packaged highlight reel later in the day.
Missing Tiger on Thursday wouldn't be such a big deal if it wasn't completely avoidable. He's in a featured group on Friday (players are only allowed to be in a Masters.com featured group once), but his late tee time of 1:41 PM means that the majority of his round will sync up with live television coverage anyway. By putting Tiger in a featured group Thursday, instead, fans would have been able to see just about every one of his first 36 holes as they happened.
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