As is often the case in major tournaments, the first round of The Masters featured its fair share of surprises. Those surprises set the stage for what promises to be an unpredictable and exciting second day of golf at Augusta.
With both dark horses and top contenders vying for position on the leaderboard, there is something to interest every golf fan. While the star power is lessened without Tiger Woods, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in.
Here is a full breakdown of viewing information for the second round of the 2014 Masters, as the world's top golfers look to take another step toward securing the green jacket.
Masters live stream coverage begins at 10:10 a.m. ET on CBSSports.com.
|11 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Masters On the Range||CBS Sports Network|
|3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.||Live Coverage||ESPN|
|8 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Replay of Masters Telecast||ESPN|
|11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.||Masters Highlights Show||CBS|
Bill Haas Will Remain in the Hunt
Many were shocked to see Bill Haas' name atop The Masters leaderboard after his opening round of four-under par, but he is far from a flash in the pan. The 31-year-old has been a very solid player on the PGA Tour for quite some time, and he has five career victories to his credit.
Haas has never had much success at majors with a career-best finish at The Masters of 20th, but that doesn't mean that he is incapable of challenging for the green jacket. After all, according to Fox Sports on Twitter, competing at The Masters is in Haas' blood:
Bill Haas’ great-uncle won the Masters in 68. His father played in it 22 times. Yeah, Augusta is a family tradition. http://t.co/jK2fdTPbrA— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 10, 2014
His father Jay was an excellent golfer who finished fourth or better in three of the four major tournaments. Also, Haas' great-uncle Bob Goalby won The Masters in 1968.
Haas is hoping to follow in Goalby's footsteps, and there is no reason why he can't continue to make a push toward that goal. Some might expect him to tumble down the leaderboard in the second round, but Haas looks like a golfer who is going to be very tough to beat this week.
Hunter Mahan Will Get Back in the Mix
While some of the golfers who performed well in the first round will be factors moving forward, there are bound to be some risers in the coming rounds as well. Tons of talented players are just a bit off the pace, and they can make things very interesting with a solid showing on Friday.
Hunter Mahan is part of that equation as he enters the second round at two-over par. Although he is consistently one of the better players in the world, he hasn't been able to seal the deal at majors. He has several top-10 finishes along with eight professional wins overall, so he has what it takes to charge toward the front.
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The main concern regarding Mahan relates to injury. He was forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to hip and back ailments a couple of weeks ago. According to Ryan Lavner of GolfChannel.com, Mahan made that decision in order to ensure that he was ready for The Masters.
"I didn't feel very good and it wasn't going to get any better," Mahan said. "I didn't like that recipe. I was concerned about a few weeks afterward. You kind of have to protect yourself at times."
Mahan didn't play his best round of golf on Thursday, but the injury didn't appear to be hampering him. Assuming his health is fine, Mahan will put himself in the contending conversation after the second round of play.
Surprising Contenders Will Fade
There is reason to believe that Haas is in it for the long haul at Augusta, but the same can't necessarily be said for some other golfers who reside near the top of the leaderboard. According to Jonathan Heeter of The Telegraph, a number of obscure names are in the hunt through one round:
Walker posts a 70, following Stadler, Blixt and Woodland. Haas still leads at -4, Oosthuizen at -3.— Jonathan Heeter (@heets_tweets) April 10, 2014
Jimmy Walker, Kevin Stadler, Jonas Blixt and Gary Woodland are all talented players, but they have never really found themselves in this situation at a major or in many regular tournaments, for that matter.
Perhaps one or two of them will continue to grind, but it isn't likely that all of them will play elite golf in the second round. While the first round didn't have too much pressure for them, that will change in the second round now that they have had some time to dwell on their position.
Hopefully they can handle the pressure since it would make for an interesting story, but history suggests that their foray near the top won't last for long.
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