Masters 2017: How to watch, livestream honorary starters

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are scheduled to hit their ceremonial tee balls at 7:40 a.m. ET.

The Masters is, the saying goes, a tradition like no other.

And the way the first Grand Slam event of the year starts is like no other.

The honorary starters hit drives off No. 1 after opening remarks by tournament chairman Billy Payne.

Here's what you need to know:

Who are the honorary starters for the 2017 Masters?

Six-time champion Jack Nicklaus and three-time winner Gary Player are scheduled to serve as the honorary starters, but the presence of former honorary starter Arnold Palmer, who died last fall, will be felt all around.

When will the honorary starters hit their tee shots at the 2017 Masters?

They are scheduled to tee off at 7:40 a.m. ET Thursday.

How can I watch the honorary starters hit their ceremonial first shots at the 2017 Masters?

For the first time, masters.com will offer a live broadcast of Payne’s welcoming remarks and the ceremonial drives. The Masters official Twitter account, @TheMasters, also will livestream the shots.


When does the actual 2017 Masters Tournament start?

Here are the tee times for the rest of the field:

Group 1, 8 a.m.

Daniel Summerhays UNITED STATES
Russell Henley UNITED STATES

Group 2, 8:11 a.m.

Trevor Immelman SOUTH AFRICA
Brendan Steele UNITED STATES
Jhonattan Vegas VENEZUELA

Group 3, 8:22 a.m.

Mike Weir CANADA
Billy Hurley III UNITED STATES
Scott Piercy UNITED STATES

Group 4, 8:33 a.m.

Larry Mize UNITED STATES
Brian Stuard UNITED STATES
Stewart Hagestad (A)UNITED STATES

Group 5, 8:44 a.m.

Soren Kjeldsen DENMARK
Kevin Chappell UNITED STATES
Jim Furyk UNITED STATES

Group 6, 8:55 a.m.

Sandy Lyle SCOTLAND
Sean O'Hair UNITED STATES
Scott Gregory (A)ENGLAND

Group 7, 9:06 a.m.

Zach Johnson UNITED STATES
Louis Oosthuizen SOUTH AFRICA
Adam Hadwin CANADA

Group 8, 9:17 a.m.

Tommy Fleetwood ENGLAND
Gary Woodland UNITED STATES
J.B. Holmes UNITED STATES

Group 9, 9:28 a.m.

Adam Scott AUSTRALIA
Kevin Kisner UNITED STATES
Andy Sullivan ENGLAND

Group 10, 9:39 a.m.

Francesco Molinari ITALY
Daniel Berger UNITED STATES
Thomas Pieters BELGIUM

Group 11, 10:01 a.m.

Fred Couples UNITED STATES
Paul Casey ENGLAND
Kevin Na UNITED STATES

Group 12, 10:12 a.m.

Russell Knox SCOTLAND
Rickie Fowler UNITED STATES
Hideki Matsuyama JAPAN

Group 13, 10:23 a.m.

Branden Grace SOUTH AFRICA
Brooks Koepka UNITED STATES
Jeunghun Wang KOREA

Group 14, 10:34 a.m.

Jordan Spieth UNITED STATES
Martin Kaymer GERMANY
Matthew Fitzpatrick ENGLAND

Group 15, 10:45 a.m.

Phil Mickelson UNITED STATES
Rafael Cabrera-Bello SPAIN
Si Woo Kim KOREA

Group 16, 10:56 a.m.

Brandt Snedeker UNITED STATES
Justin Rose ENGLAND
Jason Day AUSTRALIA

Group 17, 11:07 a.m.

Rod Pampling AUSTRALIA
William McGirt UNITED STATES

Group 18, 11:18 a.m.

Mark O'Meara UNITED STATES
Hudson Swafford UNITED STATES
Roberto Castro UNITED STATES

Group 19, 11:29 a.m.

Ian Woosnam WALES
James Hahn UNITED STATES
Brad Dalke (A)UNITED STATES

Group 20, 11:40 a.m.

Ross Fisher ENGLAND
Pat Perez UNITED STATES
Byeong-Hun An KOREA

Group 21, 11:51 a.m.

Jose Maria Olazabal SPAIN
Ryan Moore UNITED STATES
Webb Simpson UNITED STATES

Group 22, 12:13 p.m.

Ernie Els SOUTH AFRICA
Jason Dufner UNITED STATES
Bernd Wiesberger AUSTRIA

Group 23, 12:24 p.m.

Danny Willett ENGLAND
Matt Kuchar UNITED STATES
Curtis Luck (A)AUSTRALIA

Group 24, 12:35 p.m.

Vijay Singh FIJI
Emiliano Grillo ARGENTINA
Toto Gana (A)CHILE

Group 25, 12:46 p.m.

Angel Cabrera ARGENTINA
Henrik Stenson SWEDEN
Tyrrell Hatton ENGLAND

Group 26, 12:57 p.m.

Charl Schwartzel SOUTH AFRICA
Steve Stricker UNITED STATES
Mackenzie Hughes CANADA

Group 27, 1:08 p.m.

Charley Hoffman UNITED STATES
Chris Wood ENGLAND
Yuta Ikeda JAPAN

Group 28, 1:19 p.m.

Sergio Garcia SPAIN
Lee Westwood ENGLAND
Shane Lowry IRELAND

Group 29, 1:30 p.m.

Bernhard Langer GERMANY
Alex Noren SWEDEN
Patrick Reed UNITED STATES

Group 30, 1:41 p.m.

Rory McIlroy N. IRELAND
Hideto Tanihara JAPAN
Jon Rahm SPAIN

Group 31, 1:52 p.m.

Marc Leishman AUSTRALIA
Bill Haas UNITED STATES
Justin Thomas UNITED STATES

Group 32, 2:03 p.m.

Bubba Watson UNITED STATES
Dustin Johnson UNITED STATES
Jimmy Walker UNITED STATES


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