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When does the 2017 Masters golf tournament start? (TV, begin time)

Danny Willett will be looking to defend his Masters crown beginning next week at AGetty Images

One of the keystone events in sports that signals the start of spring is within reach as the 2017 Masters prepares to tee off from Augusta National Golf Club.

With another opportunity for the world’s best golfers to obtain a green jacket, here is the tournament’s schedule, which begins on April 3:

Monday, Apr. 3: Practice Round, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Tuesday, Apr. 4: Practice Round, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Wednesday, Apr. 5: Practice Round, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Wednesday, Apr. 5: Par 3 Contest, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, Apr. 6: First Round, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Apr. 7: Second Round, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Apr. 8: Third Round, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Apr. 9: Final Round, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. (CBS)

*All rounds can be streamed live on Masters.com

Last year’s champion Danny Willett will look to defend his improbable title as he joined Nick Faldo (1996) as the only English-born golfer to win the Masters.

Willett shot a five-under on the final Sunday after going even throughout the first three rounds to roar past 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, whose collapse on the back nine opened the door for Willett’s comeback.

Sitting at seven under with 10 holes to play, Spieth bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 while quadruple bogeying No. 12.

While he floundered, Willett surged with birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 to secure the green jacket.

Willett has not won a PGA Tour event since while Spieth has picked up three wins and is currently ranked sixth in the world.

He and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson are considered to be the favorites for the title. Johnson has been unstoppable lately, winning each of the last three PGA tournaments he competed in.

 
 
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