For golf enthusiasts who simply can't wait for the official Masters Tournament TV coverage to kick off in the latter part of the afternoon, there is salvation to be had in the form of live streaming.
The 2013 event provides ways to catch the action at the year's first major in real time, thanks to Masters.com. Friday's second-round action is always intriguing, as the surprise names atop the leaderboard look to hang on while others battle to get inside the cut line.
This year, the top 50 and ties and those within 10 strokes of the 36-hole lead will make it to the weekend. Below is a breakdown of how to watch as much of Round 2 as possible.
When: Friday, April 12, at 8 a.m. ET
Where: Augusta National Golf Club; Augusta, Ga.
Tee Times: For a complete list of second-round pairings, visit Masters.com.
Live stream information (all times Eastern, h/t Masters.com)
Amen Corner live video coverage—10:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
On The Range live video coverage—11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Holes Nos. 15 and 16 video—11:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
Featured Groups 1 and 2 live coverage—12 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Early Masters Storylines
Marc Leishman explodes to clubhouse lead
The Australian was brilliant in his second Masters appearance, holding the clubhouse lead after a six-under 66.
ESPN's Justin Ray documented just how unlikely the 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year's shocking performance was, based on his major track record:
Justin Ray @JustinRayGC
Marc Leishman now -5. In 22 previous rounds in majors, he's only broke 70 twice.4/11/2013, 5:44:31 PM
Ironically, his lone win on the PGA Tour came at the 2012 Travelers Championship against defending Masters champion Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman.
The eery similarities to Watson don't end there. Leishman's round was bolstered by four consecutive birdies on Nos. 13 through 16—the same stretch Watson birdied in the final round last year to force extra holes with Louis Oosthuizen.
Leishman notched a top-10 at the Sony Open near the beginning of the season but has since missed four of seven cuts and hasn't finished better than a tie for 38th. That had his odds to win at 300-1, and as Kyle Porter of CBS Sports points out, those have fallen all the way to 25-1.
This is definitely the most pressure-packed situation Leishman has ever faced, and it will be interesting to see how he handles it in Round 2.
Tiger Woods off to stellar start
The four-time champion at Augusta posted a round of 70—the exact score he's opened with in three of his previous triumphs.
Woods was solid from tee to green on Thursday, with the only blemish coming at the par-three 14th hole where he three-putted for bogey.
For the day, Woods hit 13 out of 18 greens in regulation, found nine of 14 fairways and took 30 putts, which is slightly more than he's used to lately. He did not miss many shots and didn't press at all in the early going.
With three wins in 2013 already, there was nothing to indicate from his opening round that Woods won't be in the hunt come Sunday.
Rickie Fowler's scorecard is as colorful as his clothing
The young American star rocks a loud wardrobe and is one of the most explosive—yet mistake-prone—talents in the game today.
Fowler opened with a double bogey but went off for four birdies to turn in two-under 34. That was immediately wiped out by another double at the difficult No. 10.
What followed was a scintillating display from Fowler, highlighted by an impressive eagle on No. 15 set up by a wonderful approach below the hole. In shooting a four-under 68, he became the first player to shoot in the 60s at Augusta with two double bogeys since Raymond Floyd in 1992, as Jim Nantz mentioned during the telecast.
With only one PGA Tour victory in his career, expectations are high for Fowler to have a big breakthrough. If Fowler can limit the big numbers, he should be in contention on the weekend.
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