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Apr 09, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Jordan Rules

In a survey of 90 media members by The Augusta Chronicle, Jordan Spieth was the overwhelming favorite with 26 of them picking the world No. 4 to win. That's pretty astounding when you consider that this is only Spieth's second Masters, but then the 21-year-old Texan did tie for 2nd last year and has been on a tear on the PGA Tour this year with one win and six top 10s. Twelve media members chose Rory McIlroy, while 11 chose Aussie Jason Day, who has two top-three finishes in just four appearances in 2011 and 2013 (he finished T20 last year). Interestingly, only 13 writers picked a former champion to win, with Bubba Watson receiving six votes, Adam Scott four, and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods just one vote each. Who do you think will win and why?

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Apr 08, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Masters Green

Want to win $1 million at the Masters? Then enter the DraftKings fantasy contest, believed to be the largest prize ever given out in fantasy sports. For $20, you get to pick up to six golfers while keeping uder the $50,000 salary cap (picks range from Rory McIlroy for $14,900 to Antonio Murdaca, the 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, for $4,600). Your team accumulates points not only by where they finish (from 30 points to first to 1 for 50th), but also for their score on each hole (20 point for a double eagle down to -1 for a double bogey or worse), as well as birdie streaks, bogey-free rounds, and more. Total prize money is $2.2 million with $100,000 going to second and $20 last place (2,4025th). Right now there are almost 90,000 entries and you can enter as many different teams as you like. Good luck!

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Apr 06, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Masters On TV

The Masters itself might not start until Thursday, but TV coverage actually begins today, with Golf Channel broadcasting from Augusta National all week, as well as coverage on CBS Sports Network, a cable channel. Plus, once the tournament begins, there will be special coverage of Amen Corner and select groups on a CBS-produced online channel called “Masters Live.”

Here is the schedule for the telecasts we’ve come to know and love:

Thursday, April 9     3 pm-7:30 pm ESPN

Friday, April 10          3 pm-7:30 pm ESPN

Saturday, April 11      3 pm-7 pm CBS

Sunday, April 12        2 pm-7 pm CBS

All times Eastern

Also, Nike just released a two-minute film called “Ripple” that relates how a young Rory McIlroy was inspired by Tiger Woods. If watching it doesn’t get you even more excited about this week’s tournament—when the current and past number-ones are competing, one going after his first green jacket, the other trying to find his past form—you might want to switch over to the Tennis Channel.

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Apr 03, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Wearing Of The Green

Are you getting ready? Can you feel the excitement building? The Masters tees off next week, which means you’ve probably already adjusted the color on the big screen, moved your easiest chair into place, and loaded up the refrigerator with your favorite “energy drinks.” If you need anything else to get you in Masters mood, try these pieces of apparel that are green to go. Golf-shoe maker Ecco has created a Fred Couples Signature Edition 1992 version of its Casual Hybrid model to commemorate Mr. Laid Back’s victory 23 years ago. Only 1,992 pairs of the white/green shoe (above), with Couples’ autograph on the outside, are being produced, at $200 per. Freddy is also being honored by Ashworth Golf with a limited-edition Jefferson Polo, named after the Jefferson Park Golf Course near Couples’ boyhood home in Seattle. White with green accents and made of a premium performance fabric, the shirt has “2015” laser-etched on the buttons; he’ll wear one in the first round next week. The shirt retails at $100. Back to the feet, where Kentwool is offering a limited-edition green golf sock, the same kind Bubba Watson wore while winning in 2012 and ’14. A portion of the proceeds of every sock sale will help support the Bubba Watson Foundation.

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