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Masters TV Schedule 2015: Online Coverage Live Stream Guide for Tournament

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVApril 7, 2015

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland,  putts on the 13th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Whether or not you agree with the perception that it's the greatest week in golf, it's impossible to deny the intrigue and aura of the 2015 Masters.

As the year's first major, the Masters is anticipated virtually from the moment that the PGA Championship is won and waited on for all of eight months. The iconic Augusta National golf course is preserved all year and kept in pristine condition for its one week a year in the spotlight—where it always shines.

It's not the course, but rather the level of play that leaves folks on the edge of their seats. Save for a back-nine snoozer last year when Bubba Watson pulled away for his second green jacket, just about every finish in recent memory has had a flair for the dramatic.

Late-afternoon coverage will be nationally televised, but you'll have to check out the live stream to catch action all day. Take a look below on how to stay in the loop.

2015 Masters TV Schedule
DateTime (ET)TV
Thursday, April 83 - 7:30 p.m.ESPN
Friday, April 93 - 7:30 p.m.ESPN
Saturday, April 103 - 7 p.m.CBS
Sunday, April 112 - 7 p.m.CBS
Masters.com
2015 Masters Live Stream Schedule (Subject to Change)
Thursday, April 9 (Stream)Time (ET)
Amen Corner10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holes No. 15 and 1611:45 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Featured Group No. 112 - 7:30 p..m.
Featured Group No. 212 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10
Amen Corner10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holes No. 15 and 1611:45 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Featured Group No. 112 - 7:30 p..m.
Featured Group No. 212 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11
Amen Corner11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holes No. 15 and 1612:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Featured Group No. 112:30 - 7 p.m.
Featured Group No. 212:30 - 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 12
Amen Corner11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holes No. 15 and 1612:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Featured Group No. 112:30 - 7 p.m.
Featured Group No. 212:30 - 7 p.m.
CBSSports.com (start and end times subject to change)

Live Stream Link: Masters Live courtesy of CBS Sports

Contenders to Watch

Rory McIlroy

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

If Rory McIlroy plays his best golf this weekend at Augusta, history will be made.

Nobody in the sport has a level of play that trumps McIlroy's when he's firing. The world No. 1 further distanced himself from the rest late in 2014, when he won the year's final two majors and helped lead Europe to the Ryder Cup while contending until the final days for the FedEx Cup.

As Tiger Woods attempts to make his return at the Masters this weekend, there's little doubt among the world of golf that it's now McIlroy's sport, as Adam Fonseca of GolfUnfiltered.com quipped:

One accolade is missing from McIlroy's trophy case, however, and that's a green jacket. With a victory this weekend, he'll join the exclusive list of golfers who have completed the career Grand Slam.

As an eye-popping 11-2 favorite according to Odds Shark, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him torch the field and win a third major in a row.

Jordan Spieth

George Bridges/Associated Press

Some young golfers come and go in terms of contending at the top level, but Jordan Spieth is here to stay.

He nearly became the youngest to ever win the Masters last year, shooting at or below even par in all four rounds and finishing second to Bubba Watson. But Spieth wasn't a one-hit wonder, having won two PGA Tour events and playing an integral role on America's Ryder Cup team.

Think the 21-year-old is satisfied after the biggest year of his young career? Not hardly. He's simply stepping his game up, logging two wins since November along with seven top-10 finishes in his last nine tournaments.

As of late, the results are even more impressive, per ESPN's Jason Sobel:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Remainder of this playoff won't change Jordan Spieth's most recent three results: 2-2-1. Decent form entering the Masters.

There may be a few shots from the final round at Augusta last year that Spieth would like to have back, but his loss came much more from Watson's brilliance than anything Spieth didn't do. This time around, he'll be in full control of his 72 holes and can realistically distance himself from the entire field if he starts out hot.

Phil Mickelson

George Bridges/Associated Press

Could Phil Mickelson's fourth green jacket be on the way?

His form throughout the early stretches of 2015 doesn't seem to indicate that, but the 44-year-old is no stranger to starting his seasons off in style with Masters victories. However, he's failed to win that elusive fourth jacket in his last four attempts.

As if Lefty's winning presence at Augusta isn't enough to believe he's among the top contenders, take a look at where his three Masters victories rank, per EighteenUnderPar.com:

EighteenUnderPar.com @18UnderParGolf

A very cool look at Phil Mickelson's history at #AugustaNational and @TheMasters. Thoughts on Lefty's chances? http://t.co/58lIYSSzST

Without a top-15 finish so far in 2015, Mickelson's form was struggling up until he showed some strides in tune-up play at the Houston Open—where he led early in the weekend before finishing nine under par. He's missed two cuts so far in the new year, but nobody has shown the ability to turn it on and off faster.

Simply avoiding huge mistakes and locking in on the greens can be enough for Mickelson to stay in contention for most of the weekend. At that point, it will come down to executing on Sunday.

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