Tonight at 9PM eastern you can sit in on the “Golf Blogger’s Square Table” Masters discussion. I’ve created a Google Hangout on Air, which is basically a live YouTube video, and invited a bunch of golf blog friends to join in and talk 2014 Masters. You can view via the YouTube link below.
The Masters Experience from DIRECTV Is Anything but Par for the Course
Exclusive Masters Mix Offers Six HD Channels of CBS Sports And ESPN Coverage On One Screen; Interactive App has Enhanced HD Graphics and Improved Navigation
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 3, 2014 – Millions of golf fans will be adjusting their grip on the TV remote when DIRECTV’s newly enhanced Masters Experience debuts April 10 with live multi-screen, interactive coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament.
DIRECTV will once again team up with CBS Sports and ESPN to provide fans with expanded coverage of golf’s most prestigious event, offering its exclusive six-screens-in-one Masters Mix channel and an interactive TV app that delivers every statistic, scorecard and tee time at the touch of a button. And new for the app this year: HD graphics with higher resolution for easier reading; player bios and head shots; and the ability to navigate app features while still viewing the full broadcast video.
The Masters Mix (channel 701) will display the main CBS Sports/ESPN feed (702); two “Featured Group” channels (703-704); “Amen Corner” (705), complete coverage of the most famous stretch of Augusta National; holes 15 and 16 (706); and “Masters in Depth” (707), along with a continuously running leader board featuring live tee times, scoring and leaders’ locations on the course. Each extra channel is fully produced with its own announcers. This year, the video cells on the Mix will dynamically update – from six to four to two – as bonus channels go off the air later in the day, for a better view of all the late-round play. The Masters Experience will be broadcast April 10-13 – Thursday and Friday from 3-7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday 3-7 p.m. ET, and Sunday 2-7 p.m. ET.
DIRECTV Offers More Masters Coverage
“The DIRECTV Masters Experience is designed for golf fans who want to immerse themselves in the drama and beauty that is so much a part of the Masters tradition,” said Chris Long, senior vice president, Original Content & Production, DIRECTV. “We’re proud to continue our association with Augusta National, CBS Sports and ESPN to deliver another unmatched Masters Tournament viewing experience for fans at home.”
Viewers will have access to the following interactive menu of features alongside the broadcast video by pressing the red button on their remote: Leader Board, which also provides information on all golfers in the field, including each player’s hole-by-hole stats, and can be customized by selecting their favorite players to more easily track their scores; Scorecard, which displays scores, stats; Groups and Tee Times; Course Tour, Player Bios and Masters On Demand, which will show highlights packages of the previous rounds.
DIRECTV’s Tournament coverage will also include the 2014 Masters Preview Show premiering April 7 from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. ET on its exclusive Audience Network. CBS Sports golf announcers Jim Nantz and Ian Baker-Finch speak to past and present Masters players, including defending champion Adam Scott, three-time Masters champion and CBS Sports’ lead golf analyst Sir Nick Faldo, and 20-year-old sensation Jordan Spieth – only on DIRECTV. The 2013 Masters Official Film also premieres on the Audience Network March 31 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET. Through DIRECTV On Demand, viewers can download five highlight packages featuring the top two leaders and three notable players, great drives and sand saves from the first three rounds, as well as highlights from the winner’s final round and great final round finishes. For details on all Tournament coverage visit www.directv.com/masters.
Phil Mickelson pulled an “oblique” muscle at the Valero Texas Open. He’s already been practicing at Augusta so he will be there. How much that injury influences his swing is the question. I know, as most golfers do, that swinging in a manner as to avoid pain does not generally produce great shots.
Will Phil contend? Let’s talk about making the cut first.
Tiger is not the only one with back issues. Hunter Mahan withdrew from the Arnold Palmer invitational with a sore back. Will he be ready? I wouldn’t be putting any money on him.
Who has been in contention seemingly for the last several years coming down the stretch at the Masters? Jason Day. Personally I’ve had a feeling that this will be his year. But Day is fighting a thumb problem. I sure hope the thumb does not bother him. I plunked down $25 in Vegas on Day to win the Masters at 14/1 odds. The odds were 30/1 at one point but I missed out on that one.
No, Rory McIlory is not injured but I feel compelled to comment about him. He has been relatively quiet so far. Arguably nobody else in the world as the arsenal and is more equipped to win the Masters than Rory. Is this his year? Maybe, but that would really screw up my Jason Day bet!
Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? Please don’t ask this question anymore!
Either Tiger Woods just posted the world’s biggest April Fools joke, or he is really out for the 2014 Masters. This was just posted on his website:
Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he has undergone a successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months.
The surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich.
The procedure was successful, but Woods will be unable to play in the Masters Tournament, instead requiring rest and rehabilitation for the next several weeks.
“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done,” Woods said.
“I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters,” Tiger added. “It’s a week that’s very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.
“I’d also like to thank the fans for their support and concern. It’s very kind and greatly appreciated. This is frustrating, but it’s something my doctors advised me to do for my immediate and long-term health.”
Woods will begin intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment within a week. Healing and recovery times differ for each individual based on many physiological factors, but Woods could begin chipping and putting, after assessment by his doctors, in three weeks.
The goal is for Tiger to resume playing sometime this summer. The repetitive motion from golf can cause this injury, and Woods could have sustained further damage if he had continued to play. There should be no long-lasting effects from the surgery, and it should not impact the longevity of his career.
“It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods said. “There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I’ve said many times, Sam and Jack reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.”
Well it has begun. It is only March 3rd, but I’ve received the first announcement about limited edition Masters golf gear. Cobra Golf’s new Masters green Bio Cell driver will be available on March 15th with a limited run of 2014 units.
Masters colored golf equipment, a PR tradition like no other…
I must admit, this green looks quite splendid. I want one.