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Masters TV, online viewing schedule

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Well, the NCAA Tournament is over and you were planning to get some work done.

But wait.

It’s Masters week.

And you can watch online.

Oh, well.

Here’s the schedule online and on the air for the 78th Masters tournament.

So watch. We’ll help you find a new job next week.

THURSDAY (all times CDT)

9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner Live, Masters.com

10 a.m.-noon – On The Range; CBS Sports Network, Masters.com

10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. – Holes Nos. 15 and 16 coverage, Masters.com

11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Featured Group 1 and 2 coverage, Masters.com

2-6:30 p.m. – Round 1 coverage, ESPN

2-6:30 p.m. – Masters In-Depth, Masters.com

7-10 p.m. – Round 1 replay, ESPN

10:30-10:45 p.m. – Round 1 highlights, CBS

FRIDAY

9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner Live, Masters.com

10 a.m.-noon – On The Range; CBS Sports Network, Masters.com

10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. – Holes Nos. 15 and 16 coverage, Masters.com

11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Featured Group 1 and 2 coverage, Masters.com

2-6:30 p.m. – Round 2 coverage, ESPN

2-6:30 p.m. – Masters In-Depth, Masters.com

7-10 p.m. – Round 2 replay, ESPN

10:30-10:45 p.m. – Round 2 highlights, CBS

SATURDAY

10 a.m.-noon – On The Range; CBS Sports Network, Masters.com

10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner Live, Masters.com

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. – Featured Group 1 and 2 coverage, Masters.com

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Holes Nos. 15 and 16 coverage, Masters.com

2-6 p.m. – Round 3 coverage, CBS

2:30-6 p.m. – Masters In-Depth, Masters.com

SUNDAY

10 a.m.-noon – On The Range; CBS Sports Network, Masters.com

10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner Live, Masters.com

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. – Featured Group 1 and 2 coverage, Masters.com

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Holes Nos. 15 and 16 coverage, Masters.com

1-6 p.m. – Final round coverage, CBS

1-6 p.m. – Masters In-Depth, Masters.com

TBD – Green jacket ceremony, Masters.com

Masters Thursday, Friday tee times announced

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tee times were released Tuesday afternoon for the first two rounds of the Masters tournament on Thursday and Friday.

Former University High golfer Patrick Reed will tee off in his first round in a major championship at 9:52 a.m. CDT with former U.S. Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.  They will play at 12:59 p.m. CDT Friday.

Reed beat Spieth in a sudden-death playoff in August in Greensboro for the first of his three PGA Tour victories.

Other marquee groupings include:

  • 8:35 a.m. Thursday, 11:53 a.m. Friday: Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Jimmie Walker
  • 9:41 a.m./12:48 p.m.: Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Matthew Fitzpatrick (amateur)
  • 12:04 p.m./8:35 a.m.: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson
  • 12:15 p.m./8:57 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia
  • 12:48 p.m./9:30 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose

Televised coverage begins at 9:45 a.m. Thursday and Friday on Masters.com and at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

For the complete list of Thursday and Friday parings, click here.

2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship details announced

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While the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship was under way Sunday morning at Augusta National Golf Club, event organizers announced details for the 2015 championship.

For those details, click here.

Registration is now open and closes at 4 p.m. CDT five days before each local qualifying date.

In 2015 there will be two local qualifying sites in Louisiana:

  • TPC Louisiana, Avondale, June 11 (qualifying closes June 6)
  • The Island, Plaquemine, July 2 (qualifying closes June 27)

Local qualifiers will advance to a sub-regional Aug. 23 at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss., near Jackson. Winners there will move on to a regional championship, Sept. 15 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.

The 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will be April 5 at Augusta National, the Sunday before the final round of the Masters.

In addition to the competition, golf fans may now request a ticket application to be included in a random selection for tickets to the 2015 championship. Applications will be emailed in September.

Tulane sports chat with Advocate contributor Scott Kushner

Why Syracuse will beat Duke in title game? Because my facebook friends said so

(DISCLAIMER: If you are a Syracuse fan and are looking to find a reason with substance on why I am so certain the Orange will win a second national title and first since Carmelo Anthony, Hakim Warrick,  Gerry McNamara and Co. did it in 2003, you might want to stop reading.)

Ok, so the odds of picking a perfect March Madness bracket and winning the $1 billion grand prize are estimated to be about 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

To be honest, I don’t even know what a quintillion is, but I know that’s a whole lot of zeroes.

I’ve been filling out brackets for years, and usually find myself throwing mine away sometimes before the first weekend of the tournament is over.

So this time, I turned to Facebook for a little help. Everyone knows that Facebook friends usually have all the answers. Besides, all of those annoying game requests I have received over the year, I figure it was time for me to send a game request as well.

So I solicited 67 Facebook friends and asked each of them to pick a winner in one game of the tournament as I filled out my bracket.

I didn’t want advice from my friends who know sports. Those are the ones who, like me, have been filling out brackets for years and not one of them has ever had a perfect bracket.

So I wanted folks who knew little about college basketball.

I only had two criteria for my 67 guest pickers, who were all females:

1. They needed to know very little about sports and

2. They weren’t allowed to solicit help from anyone else or use Google to research.

Trust me, they all met the first criteria with ease.

Need proof?

Check out some of the responses.

“Is this basketball?”

“What’s a Cal-Poly? Seriously, that doesn’t even sound like sports.”

One by one, the messages came to my inbox, volunteering their services to help fill out my bracket.

One by one, I would send the matchups and they responded with their picks as I filled out my bracket.

And they had all sorts of reasons for making some of their picks.

One picked Oregon in the first round because she liked their uniforms.

Another picked Baylor in the first round because she lives in Texas.

Someone picked Kentucky over KansasState because if she had to live in one of the two states, she would choose Kentucky.

One picked Louisville to beat North CarolinaState in the second round because Louisville reminds her of Louis Vuitton purses. (Now THAT’S March Madness).

And one picked Cal-Poly over WichitaState because she thought Cal-Poly had a “cute nickname.” (I guess I probably should’ve told her that their nickname is the Mustangs, not Poly.)

One even used “eeny meeny miney moe,” which bounced Louisiana Lafayette from the Sweet 16 with a loss to Oregon.

The experiment ended with Syracuse, Virginia, Duke and Oregon reaching the Final Four and Syracuse beating Duke in the title game.

The biggest upset came in the opening round, with No. 15 Wofford beating No. 2 Michigan.

Her logic?

“I have never heard of them (Wofford) and oftentimes we underestimate something or someone if we know nothing about them,” she said. “I’m just taking a chance.”

And in a way, that’s all I was doing anyway.

Taking a chance, trying win that billion dollars.

By the way, I filled out a second bracket, flipping a coin to decide each game.

That one ended up with UCLA, Providence, Oregon and Kentucky in the Final Four, with Kentucky beating Providence in the title game.

I think I’m sticking with my Facebook friends.

Tulane sports chat with Advocate contributor Scott Kushner

Tulane sports chat with Advocate contributor Scott Kushner