When it was announced this week that Tiger Woods would not play in the Masters of course I was disappointed. He brings so much talent, skill, drama, and tension to golf’s biggest stage that it turns into must-watch TV. However, his absence won’t make me ignore the action at Augusta this next weekend.
I will still watch to see the other best golfers in the world battle it out for the green jacket. I will still watch because of the tradition of the tournament. I will still watch because even though Tiger won’t be there storylines will still develop. I will still watch to see spectacular shots and putts that make me shake my head and look up to the sky while simultaneously muttering “are you kidding me?” But even if none of these above things didn’t exist there is still something about the tournament that would still glue me to a television screen.
I love watching the Masters most of all because of the television production. In my opinion there is no other sports broadcast as beautiful as the Masters. Wait, mind if I take it one step further? In my opinion there is no television production period as beautiful as the Masters. This is the one time where I make sure to find a TV with high definition and just enjoy the breathtaking views and angles provided by CBS.
Although the spectacular images delivered right to our television screens constitute my favorite part of the Masters production I truly like it all. CBS does an incredible job of shifting from hole to hole. They got it down to a complete science. The team also knows how to tell a story and will do whatever needed to adjust to cover emerging leaders and changing plots. Then of course you have Jim Nantz. His voice is synonymous with the tournament and you can’t help but admire his knowledge and respect for the history of Augusta. I personally never tire of listening to David Feherty. His colorful analysis and sharp Irish accent always manages to put a smile on my face. To cap it all off you have a sporting event pretty much devoid of all commercialism, a very pure and rare thing.
But again I keep coming back to the imagery. Nothing beats the mixed dark and vibrant greens contrasting with the polos and visors of the golfers combined with the random outfits from the gallery. On a big screen television under high definition you literally feel like you are on the course with golf’s best. Because of the simplicity of golf, the absence of equipment covering the body up, the beautiful Augusta course, and the manpower and effort that CBS pours into covering the event anyone who takes time to watch is in for a magnificent treat.
So sure it sucks that Tiger Woods is not playing. Is it a deal breaker for me? Definitely not. I can’t wait to watch the 2014 Masters and take in the best television production of the year. Don’t Blink.