The Masters is just two weeks away and one of the top young talents in the game is about to fire a significant shot that he's ready for Augusta. Jason Day would be one of the favorites for the Masters even if he did nothing between now and then, but a win on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational would put major steam behind the narrative that this is the year he gets a green jacket. Day has had a relatively quiet first quarter of the season. playing less than many of his contemporaries and opting to rest and practice as opposed to travel and play every week. With his two "Big Three" colleagues Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy uneven in form recently, Day looks like he's playing the scheduling perfectly and will be ready to bomb away at Augusta.
Day starts with a two-shot lead over a trio of chasers, the most decorated being Henrik Stenson. Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill course has water on just about every hole, as is custom on these Florida swing tracks. So the big numbers are out there and a leader's round can implode in a hurry. We've seen Day sputter out and come back to the pack at various points over the last day or so, but his length off the tee always seems to get him right back in position to recover with another red number. Stenson can hammer it off the tee as well and he'll likely push Day at some point on Sunday, and another world-class talent and Orlando local, Justin Rose, is also within striking distance four shots off the lead.
The weather disrupted Saturday's third-round schedule, forcing the Tour to move tee times up to a two-hour block first thing in the morning. Golf Channel and NBC were on the spot and adjusted, providing live coverage from 9 a.m. ET until the end of the round via their streaming service. The weather is not pleasant again on Sunday morning, but the impact was supposed to be minimal so we're back to a normal weekend round schedule. There will be rolling tee times from just after 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, when Day will go off last with Troy Merritt. Even if there are weather troubles, we've now got some extra cushion thanks to the daylight savings switch last week. If there are no delays, that final pairing should finish up right around 6 p.m.
Golf Channel and NBC will split the coverage again on Sunday, starting live at 12:30 p.m. ET. This is obviously an important event to the Tour and especially to Golf Channel, which is right down the road and was also co-founded by this tournament's namesake. They've been on-site all week with multiple sets on the property and the 5.5-hour coverage window is longer than the normal Sunday PGA Tour block. If you're unable to watch on TV, or want a second screen option while watching hoops, they will simulcast stream all the coverage on LiveExtra.
PGA Tour Live will also have a featured holes stream up and running by 10 a.m., focusing on the par-5 sixth, par-3 14th and the par-5 16th. The sixth hole is one of the more enjoyable tee shots on Tour, giving some of the big-hitters the option to take extreme angles over the water that runs along the entire left side of the hole.
Is this seriously the line Lovemark took on 6? pic.twitter.com/f5ZiLtLBEW— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) March 18, 2016
So that's a fun hole, which is also set up with ProTracer this week, to watch on that stream.
Some bombers and world-class talents at the top of the board, a fun track and the King -- not a bad pre-Masters Sunday for you. Here are all your media options for the final round (all times ET):
Sunday's final-round coverage
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel
2:30 to 6 p.m. -- NBC
12:30 to 6 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Live featured holes stream (No subscription required)
1 to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)
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