Masters Golf 2019 Live : The 2019 Masters Golf kicks off from Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 11. The Masters is one of the most famous and awe-inspiring golf events of the year,The 2019 Masters is a tradition unlike any other. Cell phones are prohibited on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club,The most wonderful time of the golf season arrives Thursday as the star-studded affair known as the 2019 Masters gets underway at Augusta National.
It’s that time of the year where everyone in the golf world has one question on their mind: Who are you picking to win the 2019 Masters? With an 87-man field featuring generational talent going head-to-head at Augusta National, rarely has such a call ever been more difficult.
All eyes are on Rory McIlroy this year as The Ulsterman looks to complete his career grand slam, but there’s some stiff competition throughout the field, namely from many of his young contemporaries like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. Of course, we would be remiss without mentioning Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both of whom are among a litany of names looking to add another green jacket to their respective collections.
That is until Woods, and partners Justin Thomas and Fred Couples, depart the tee box, which grabs DiPali’s attention. With fire in his belly and beer on his breath, he barks, “Skip. Skip! SKIP!” He is joined in unison by his friends and the thousand or so patrons surrounding the hole, per tradition. And their pleas are heard: Woods, Thomas and Couples ricochet their balls off the pond and onto the green. Cheers go up, and DiPali produces a glowing nod.
He then returns to the predicaments that have vexed him so, which appears to be the prospect of an empty cup (a gulp or two away from fruition) and whether the cadre of girls they were supposed to meet will show.
“Flow killer,” says DiPalio of Columbia, S.C., resigning himself to the fate that he and his buds have been stood up. He says this with no trace of glib, because—in spite of the panorama that lies before him—he holds it as true. Also a fit of pique: the lack of sundresses in the early morning. “Just killing my morning.”
It’s a line that will make many of this tournament’s obsessives—especially those not on property this week, their lottery bids unfulfilled, their quests for a secondary-market badge in vain—bite their putters in agony. But a line that speaks to a certain, and growing, sect of patrons at the Masters. More specifically, the area they congregate.
“The reason we’re going it is because we have always subscribed to the notion that we want to provide content to our fans in the way they want to receive it,” Ridley said of this ambitious endeavor. “You know, the world is migrating more and more towards digital technology. It was something that we thought, and that we were hearing, that our fans wanted, and with a lot of great work of our digital technology committee and our staff, we were able to develop this.”
As in recent years, the Masters website and app will still track every player’s shot, but now, instead of just seeing where a player is on the course (those results usually take about 30 seconds to register on the site and app), you can see how he actually got there. By bringing up a player’s scorecard, you will still be able to see more produced highlights of certain holes, but raw video of all the shots will be stitched together and available for every hole.
“It’s been two or three years in developing,” Ridley continued. “We had it in a beta test mode previously, but now I feel like we can actually execute on this.”
Tracking technology has become an important part of modern sports coverage. Starting next season in the NHL, all players and pucks will have sensors. Those player sensors, by the way, will be sewn into jerseys, not implanted into their brains. Sports hasn’t become a full-on science-fiction movie yet, but we’re getting close with another fun new feature being unveiled at this year’s Masters.
IBM’s “Round in Three Minutes” will provide a condensed version of a golfer’s round at Augusta National, but with a key twist: AI will help determine those highlights. IBM’s Watson has been programmed to detect celebrations and crowd noise to determine the most important and exciting shots from a player’s round. Sounds great, although we wish the machine luck distinguishing between lackluster Dustin Johnson fist pumps.
But while the “Round in Three Minutes” is cool, fans will surely be focused on the Masters every shot feature. During a tournament that draws cries for more TV coverage, you literally can’t get anymore coverage now—if you follow the action online.
“I think quantity is important, but that is not what is going to drive our decisions,” Ridley said. “We’re not going to sacrifice quality, but we thought this was a great supplement to our traditional means of providing coverage.”