Last Saturday I reported that ESPN is not scheduled for live play-by-play coverage of the April 8 first round of The Masters until 4pm ET that day. Until then, there is no pre-scheduled live coverage of the tournament. ESPN has also given no indication that will change.
With Woods teeing of on April 8 at 2pm ET at the very latest, ESPN is not pre-scheduled to capture the first shots of the golfer’s comeback live. When I wrote the piece about that lack of live coverage a week ago, the Masters website gave no indication that the first few holes would be covered live online by the tournament’s official website either.
But in the past week, there’s been a major development to that end.
The official website of The Masters this week introduced increased live coverage of the tournament, expanding its “featured group” coverage to include live streaming video. Last year The Masters provided live, online coverage of holes 11-13 and 15-16 on its official website. The 2009 “featured group” coverage though was not live.
In the history of golf, if there was ever a “featured group” of a single tournament, it’s the group Woods will play in at The Masters on April 8. Though knowing the rapidly-fossilizing folks at The Masters, whose membership demographic in no way resembles contemporary society, it wouldn’t surprise me if we still somehow miss the opening shots of Woods’ comeback in real time.