On the heels of Monday’s Final Four championship, golf now takes center stage with one of its premier tournaments of the season starting Thursday: the Masters. The tournament will pit surging classic stars (Tiger Woods, fresh off his first Tour victory in over two years, and 2012 top five money winner, Phil Mickelson, seeking his fifth green jacket) against the next generation of golf’s elite, led by twenty-two year old defending US Open champ Rory McIlroy. While Tiger Woods is hitting his stride at the right time and looks to be restoring his image in the public eye, it could be McIlroy (#3 ranked player in the world) who experiences the closest examination as he battles to erase the memory of his epic collapse at the 2011 Masters. The field at Augusta this weekend will surely provide many interesting drama lines to follow through the weekend!
DirecTV is in fine position to reap the benefits of the tournament with unprecedented coverage. It will devote six channels to the broadcast: two featured groups; specific holes: “Amen Corner” plus the 15th and 16th holes; the basic national CBS feed, and finally a feed that shows close-ups of various action. What’s more is that it’s possible to watch all six camera feeds at once on one screen by selecting the new “Masters Mosaic” channel (see title photo!). In addition, the Mosaic channel includes an up-to-the-minute leader board in the left hand corner that will allow the viewer to keep up with hole-to-hole stats.
Specifically, the Masters Mosaic will show live broadcasts featuring interviews with players, live updates of rounds in progress and press-room cut-ins, all while not missing a swing by any of your favorite golfers still on the course. The viewer can also browse in-depth stats on any player. These include greens hit in regulation, driving distance and putting average.
This viewing extravaganza would not have been possible without the collaboration of CBS, ESPN and DirecTV, who will also be providing viewers with the opportunity to watch the tournament in 3D for the first time through ESPN 3D capabilities. “We’re thrilled to continue our association with the Masters Tournament, CBS Sports and ESPN to create another spectacular viewing experience for golf fans,” said Tony Goncalves, Senior Vice President of Product Management at DIRECTV. “The Masters Mosaic offers fans who love the game a whole new way to watch the Tournament and feel the aura of Augusta, and it’s only on DIRECTV.”
Does this sound like a lot to digest? Here’s the short introductory video through which DirecTV explains all of the new features set to debut this weekend. Happy viewing golf fans!