Masters 2023: Golf Twitter, predictably, is seething over Saturday's TV coverage, or lack thereof (UPDATE: Coverage saga takes strange turn)
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Television coverage complaints are nothing new, especially on Masters week. Remember, this is an event that didn't even televise the first nine of the final round way back when.
And, in fairness, Augusta National has made serious technological strides when it comes to watching its little gathering of friends every April. If you're tech-savvy enough, you can have four different feeds up at once with just a laptop and a smart phone. It can give you a feeling of sensory blitzkrieg if you're not careful.
Having said that, there's still something both romantic and user-friendly about being able to simply press the power button on your television, then turn to Channel 2 and watch the damn Masters. Yet still to this day, you cannot do that until 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
And then there's weeks like this one, where weather has wreaked havoc on the schedule and forced the club to begin the third round early on Saturday, with players going off in threesomes and a split-tee start. That meant that the final group of Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and amateur Sam Bennett would be off at 1:06 p.m. ET, nearly two hours before live coverage was set to begin.
OK, no matter. The weather, which caused multiple trees to fall on Friday that somehow didn't hurt anyone, is an understandable excuse. And between featured groups coverage and dedicated coverage of holes 4, 5 and 6 on Masters.com, you would be able to see Koepka, Rahm and Bennett's round right up until CBS took over. The tiny problem with that? Koepka, Rahm and Bennett were not one of the featured groups. Wait, what?
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Nope, not a typo. Head over to Masters.com to see for yourself. Saturday's four featured groups are Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith and Adam Scott; Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau and Tommy Fleetwood; Tiger Woods, Thomas Pieters and Sungjae Im; Sam Burns, Jordan Spieth and Cameron Young. That meant that the only way to see shots from Koepka, Rahm or Bennett was to go to their individual profile pages and watch shots that are billed as happening live but in reality happened "moments ago," as they say. First-world problems? Absolutely. But the critical folks on Golf Twitter had themselves a field day anyway:
One thing you can never say about Golf Twitter is that they don't stand firm in their beliefs.
UPDATE: Third-round play was suspended for the day at 3:15 p.m., meaning fans only got 15 short minutes of live coverage on CBS. Making this situation all the more frustrating is the fact that CBS apparently recorded and commentated the early portion of the final group's third round, but did not show it live. On air, Jim Nantz said that at some point this afternoon they will show viewers that coverage, which is certainly a move.
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