By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As much as things stay the the same around Augusta National, there will be a few new wrinkles added to this year’s coverage of the Masters on CBS.
One of the biggest changes is that wireless frequency cameras will follow the leaders from the practice range to the first tee, a first for the tournament.
“(It’s something) we tested here a few months ago,” CBS golf coordinating producer Lance Barrow said in a conference call on Monday. “One or two of them around mostly on the practice facility and walking around with the leaders as they go to the tee.”
There will also be an additional camera at the 15th green to “get a better grip on the ball going into the water right by the bunker,” Barrow added.
At 365 acres, Augusta National presents its challenges from a coverage standpoint, which is why CBS spends 12 months a year planning the logistics.
“It’s as big, if not bigger, than the Super Bowl,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. “It’s a challenge, but it’s all in the planning.”
CBS’ coverage will take place Saturday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with final-round coverage scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. ESPN will air Wednesday’s Par-3 Contest and the first two rounds of the tournament from 3-7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
CBS’ coverage will be lead by host Jim Nantz with lead analyst and three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo joining him in the booth at the 18th green.
Peter Oosterhuis will be at the 17th hole, Verne Lundquist at the 16th and David Feherty at the 15th.
“I think about it every single day of the year,” said Nantz, who on Monday night called the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament from New Orleans. “And if it’s not something that’s on my mind, someone is going to remind me about the Masters everywhere I go. Every single day I hear about it. I consider that a great honor that people actually associate me with this golf tournament.”