Masters 2018

Masters 2018 Golf Live Stream.The calendar has officially turned to Masters Week. And there’s so much to discuss. What’s the biggest story our editors are following before the action starts at Augusta National? Which of the favorites are primed to break away from the pack?The truth is, there are so many storylines and so much to talk about in this build-up for the 2018 Masters.

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Four-time Masters champ Tiger Woods returns to Augusta on the heels of two top-five finishes, Phil Mickelson earned his first win since 2013 and hasn’t finished outside the top six in a stroke-play event since January, and the game’s best players—Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, etc.—have all shown why they might earn the green jacket in 2018.

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Schedule
Masters 2018 Golf Tournament
April 5 – 8, 2018
Augusta National GC – Augusta, GA
Par 72Yards 7,435
Purse $11,000,000Defending Champion Sergio Garcia

Listen to our Golf Digest podcast below to hear our editors, Sam Weinman, Ryan Herrington and Joel Beall, discuss what they’re most looking forward to next week at Augusta National. And at the 21:00 mark, Fred Couples joins us to explain why he’s the most nervous he has ever been leading into Augusta National (remarkable, considering he’s only missed two Masters tournaments since 1983)—given a back injury that has prevented him from playing any golf since January.

Boom Boom talks the 2018 Masters, some of his favorite Champions Dinner memories and his new course design in Los Cabos, Mexico at Twin Dolphin Golf Club, where his Fred Couples Signature Design is slated to open in November.Since the Masters began in 1934, there’s something that has never happened during the tournament. Something that many people likely will find difficult to believe, but it’s true. Since the first time it was played in 1934, 6,467 golfers have teed it up and 4,159 of them have played all four rounds of the tournament.

Not one of them, however, has shot four rounds in the 60s in one Masters.The course that made going low in major-championship golf fashionable has also been remarkably stingy in doing so for four straight tournament rounds. How miserly is Augusta?

Consider that it has happened on 40 occasions in the other three majors: 27 times at the PGA Championship, 10 times at the Open Championship and even three times in the U.S. Open, generally considered the stingiest major in terms of rounds in relation to par.

In fact, there’s not another event on the PGA Tour calendar (discounting the one-year-old CJ Cup at Nine Bridges) where shooting four sub-70 rounds has not occurred, including 30 events last season. Counted among those were all four of the FedEx Cup events.

But not at the Masters. It’s 83 years and running. Consider that even some of the longest droughts in sports haven’t lasted that long. The Cleveland Indians have been without a World Series title for 68 years; the Detroit Lions have gone 59 years without an NFL title. Lengthy, to be sure, but nowhere near the mark Augusta National is putting up.

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Not that there haven’t been some close calls. Forty times in Masters history has a player shot three rounds in the 60s, a feat accomplished by 33 different golfers. Included among them is Phil Mickelson, who has done it four separate occasions.

So why going 4-for-4 so dang impossible?For starters, Augusta National is a par 72, which means that at minimum you need to shoot 12 under par for the tournament. That’s only happened 27 times in Masters history. So just from that logistical standpoint, it’s no easy task.

Meanwhile, shooting your first three rounds in the 60s means you’re likely in contention to win the title, and with that comes the pressure associated with a Masters Sunday.

Twelve times players had a chance heading into the final round to conquer golf’s version of Mount Everest. Some failed epicly; Craig Parry’s 78 in 1992 and Ed Sneed’s 76 in 1979 being the biggest breakdowns. Other times, a player simply wants to protect his lead and avoid doing something that could lead to disaster. Six eventual champions came into the final round with a chance to break 70 each day, but securing a green jacket meant more than another line in the record book. A 74 was good enough for Gary Player in 1961, and a 75 worked for Trevor Immelman in 2008.In the early stages of his latest comeback, Tiger Woods preached patience—cautioning fans, media, and most importantly, himself, to manage expectations as he eased back into life on the PGA Tour. After he backed up a near victory at the Valspar Championship with a T-5 at Bay Hill, those expectations have changed very quickly.

Next week, Woods will make his 21st career start in the Masters as one of the favorites thanks to his promising start to 2018. Flashes of his old form at both Innisbrook and Bay Hill have led many to believe he could contend for a fifth green jacket at Augusta, including Woods himself. In his latest Friday update at TigerWoods.com, the 14-time major champion sounded like his old self when

Though Woods made the “I’m here to win the golf tournament” line famous, this latest statement is still quite the deviation from his early-season stance on patience. It’s clear his play so far has given him the confidence to compete for a major championship once again, and he’ll do it at Augusta, where has played just one Masters event since 2013.

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