Final Preview: The 2017 Masters News, Notes, TV Times And Coverage Reminders

The Masters is here and now that we can stop talking about phone-in rules controversies, we can turn to the tournament where the forecast...could give us dry, high-wind golf that leads to...oh forget it.

It's The Masters! The Golf Gods already washed out the Par-3 Contest for the first time ever. The prevailing theory here: we can't enjoy this one without Arnold Palmer around. 

Dustin Johnson--suddenly limping in to this Masters with a back injury--enters as the most overwhelming favorite in a long time and his coach, Butch Harmon, says Johnson's confidence is similar to Tiger's best years, reports's Rex Hoggard.

Here are other comments from Harmon on DJ and other favorites like Spieth and McIlroy.

And here is the final listing for the Masters, though it will change as the tournament progresses.

For last minute fantasy players, David Dusek has some analytics tips to consider.

Chairman Billy Payne talked to the assembled press and here is my "best of" compilation from the session.

Patrons will be receiving a special badge to commemorate Arnold Palmer starting Thursday, reports Ward Clayton.

The special Palmer page sending you to all of their coverage.

Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus talked to Jimmy Roberts about Arnold Palmer in a very special sitdown exclusive for

The tee times from

Brentley Romine with the ten best groupings to keep an eye on.

Bill Fields at on what the wet, wind and wackiness might all mean for what figures to be a wild first two days.

Mark O'Meara talked to Tiger Woods at the Champions Dinner and he reports that Woods is having good and bad days with the pain in the same spot he was operated on. Twice. Ryan Lavner reports for

“I feel for him,” O’Meara said after a practice round Wednesday. “He’s day to day. He said, ‘Some days I have good days; some days I have bad days.’ [The pain] is pretty much in the same area in his lower back that he’s had the surgeries on. But he’s such a competitor that he can’t come out and play half of what he did.

Lavner also reports on other former champion reactions to the Champions Dinner tributes.

Mike Tirico and I discussed the key remaining angles at Augusta National:

Jim Nantz is again hosting the Masters coverage on CBS and Rick Maese files this profile for the Washington Post.

And here are several key reminders on how to enjoy the content. Pay attention, I want to hear no complaining about the Masters telecast not coming on until 3 pm ET!

Your traditional and online broadcast windows are listed here at

Golf Channel will have Morning Drive warming you up starting at 6 am ET (watch for me to brighten your morning at 6:20 am ET). And Live From coverage all day leading up to the telecast, followed by the wrap show at night with Brandel, Frank, Rich and David.

If you have an Apple TV, do remember that you can enjoy Amen Corner Live, 15/16 coverage, Featured Groups and Masters On The Range (with lots of new bells and whistles). Just download the Masters app for Apple TV, and of course for our mobile or tablet devices to have coverage on the go.

For DirecTV/AT&T subscribers there will be TWO 4K UHD channels in 2017, including Channel 105 featuring Amen Corner and Channel 106 featuring Hole 15 (Fire Thorn) and Hole 16 (Red Bud).

DirecTV/AT&T offers viewers “The Masters Experience,” including a four screen mosaic in HD, enhanced tournament coverage, an interactive leaderboard, scorecard and player bios. The four-screen mosaic will showcase ESPN and CBS Network coverage, two featured groups, Amen Corner and Holes 15/16.