2017 Masters Golf Live: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead after 3rd round

The 54-hole lead at The Masters belongs to Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. The Englishman and the Spaniard mounted Saturday charges and passed up Charley Hoffman for the lead down the stretch. Rose has one major championship to his name, a U.S. Open, while Garcia is still striving for his first one.

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Hoffman led the tournament by four strokes after the first round and was tied for the lead after the second. He emerged alone again for much of Saturday’s round, but Hoffman declined on the back nine and lost his leading position for Sunday. Hoffman nonetheless remains in solid contention, as do many others.Garcia and Rose, of course, will be the last group off the first tee on Sunday.

After them will be Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, two of the greatest young players in the world. The tee sheet on Sunday sets up beautifully.

High winds made Augusta National a challenging course on Thursday and Friday. Saturday was a gorgeous day, and the field scoring average was by far The Masters Live lowest of the three days. (Augusta’s always hard, but it was less so on Saturday.) Weather’s expected to again be good on Sunday. Even for the players at the highest heights of the leaderboard, it’ll require several birdies to win this tournament. Just making par after par almost certainly won’t be enough in a low scoring environment.Sunday at the Masters is going to be great, because it’s Sunday at the Masters. I’m not throwing advanced golf knowledge at you by making that point. But this leaderboard is especially awesome. It’s got a handful of the longtime best players in the world (Spieth, Fowler, Scott, Rose, and the like), some rising young stars (Thomas Pieters, Jon Rahm), major Cinderellas (William McGirt), and the veteran star who’s never won the big one but has another chance to do it this year (Garcia). The storylines will rule.

Players will go off from the first tee not long after 10 a.m. ET, and CBS will begin live television coverage of the final round at 2 p.m. ET. (That’s an hour before the normal TV start time at the Masters, golf’s notoriously hard-to-watch major.) Players should come to the finish around 7 p.m. ET, with the green jacket ceremony afterward.Here’s the leaderboard through three rounds. During the tournament, the board at the official Masters website updates automatically throughout each round.AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 2017 Masters tournament arrives here this week Tiger-less and controversy-free. One development is far more welcome than the other, but both are not necessarily new to the game of golf.

You know it’s a slow news day, week or year when Augusta National chairman Billy Payne spends as much time Wednesday talking about Augusta National’s enduring no-cell phone policy as he does about the prospect of bringing in more women members. You know life is good when the closest tempest in a tee box is the emailed-in rules violation involving the LPGA’s Lexi Thompson at a tournament 2,000 miles away.The bubble we hear so much about in society these days truly sits atop Augusta, at least for this week. It’s green and lush and everyone appears to be happy. The game of golf is good — at least here, under the bubble.The Masters is the Masters Golf 2017 Live first major championship in 2017 – but why will golf fans have such a struggle finding live television broadcasts of the action?

Viewing difficulty is not a new problem when the world’s best golfers make their way to Augusta, Georgia in the US, though the situation is much improved on past years.

Augusta has long safeguarded its course from the threat of dwindling crowds, in the increasingly digital world of sports media coverage. The club is keen to retain not just its revenues but its prestige too.

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And so the front nine holes were barely ever seen on television before the dawn of the 21st century; only in 2002 did Augusta allow for full broadcasts of the final round on Sunday.

Greater concessions are now made by the club, who have remained intransigent on wall-to-wall coverage but have nonetheless innovated to keep distant fans in touch with the action via different means.Coverage of the first three days of the four-day tournament-proper will begin only at 8pm BST. By then, even with the five-hour time difference, half a day’s play will be lost to the ether for television Masters Golf 2017 Live Stream viewers.The main coverage is on Sky Sports 1, but featured coverage of groups of marquee players in rounds one and two will be available via Sky Sports Xtra.

Augusta are also once again allowing a live stream of play at Amen Corner (holes 11, 12, and 13) as well as the 15th and 16th holes, so fans can catch those segments of the players’ early rounds on the opening three days.Last year, viewers were able to tune in just in time to catch Jordan Spieth throw away his lead in the final round, with Danny Willett sweeping through to win his first major – the first European winner at Augusta in 17 years and only the second-ever Englishman to win The Masters.

 One shred of video footage that has made it out of the club already is the release of Willett’s menu for the Champion’s Dinner to be held in his honour this weekend. Predictably, Yorkshire tea makes the cut for the Sheffield-born star.
After the previous two Masters winners have taken home the same amount, the 2017 champ will see a sizable increase in his paycheck.The Masters announced an $11 million purse for the 81st playing of the tournament, and the winner will receive $1.98 million. Danny Willett and Jordan Spieth both won $1.8 million for winning the last two years. The runner-up wins $1.188 million, and third place receives $748,000.The purse breakdown for the top 50 is listed below, and those The Masters Golf outside of the top 50 will receive a payout ranging downward from $27,060.
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