As phenomenal as the Masters.com/DirecTV digital options can be, the uptick in social media gripes and venting emails suggests it will be increasingly difficult for the Masters to continue limiting the weekday broadcast time.
The culprit this year: odd choices for the Featured Group coverage. Day Two manages to not include the grouping of Jamie Donaldson, Jimmy Walker and Tiger Woods. But there is the featured group of Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell.
Nice guys, but not Tiger Woods.
For The Win's Chris Chase criticizes the decision.
So, on Friday, the only way you'll be able to see live shots of the most famous golfer in the world at the most famous golf tournament in the world is to catch him on the Masters' Amen Corner Cam (approach shots at No. 11, all of No. 12, most of 13) and the channel devoted to holes No. 16 and 17. That's ridiculous, almost as ridiculous as keeping viewers in the dark for more than half the tournament. We spent two months talking about Tiger at the Masters and might see him for about an hour on Friday, assuming you're by a computer or phone.
It's not impossible to follow Woods. The new Masters.com "Track" feature provides a sensational look at a player's round, including distances of shots and immediate updates as a round plays out. "Track" even includes links to Live coverage if the player is currently on one of the Amen Corner or 15/16 feeds.
But it's not quite the same as seeing as much as you want of the four-time champion making his Masters return.