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Tiger Woods to get limited TV time during opening rounds of Masters [Updated]

April 7, 2010 |  3:53 pm

Masters officials have no desire to cash in on the Tiger Woods gravy train. Members such as Bill Gates can get by without the extra scratch.

So rather than permit ESPN to expand its Thursday and Friday coverage, the network again will be limited both days to 3 1/2-hour windows (1-4:30 p.m. PDT)

Woods is to tee off at 10:42 a.m. PDT Thursday, and ESPN has been granted permission to show his first drive. Between then and 1 p.m., viewers will have to settle for cut-ins on ESPN’s "SportsCenter."

Masters.com will have live video for much of the back nine, but that won’t help Tiger-hungry fans on Thursday. The website will have "Amen Corner Live" (holes 11-13), "15 & 16 Live" (self-explanatory) and a "Featured Group" for the final nine holes.

Mike Weir, Lee Westwood and Matteo Manassero will be the featured group Thursday.

You'd have to think that the featured could be the Woods-Matt Kuchar-K.J. Choi pairing on Friday. The threesome will tee off at 7:35 a.m. PDT, so they’d likely make the turn around 10 a.m. Masters.com will offer Woods updates via its "Leaderboard highlights" feature.

-- Teddy Greenstein in Augusta, Ga.

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