Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Billy Payne, who is chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced Thursday that the 2016 Tournament, scheduled for April 4-10, will once again provide a large selection of viewing options across multiple platforms for golf fans around the world.
“This year’s presentation reflects our commitment to constant improvement in order to advance the visibility of the game and provide the highest quality content possible,” said Payne. “We remain interested in exploring opportunities to deliver coverage in the manner our fans wish to consume it, which is driven by the spirit of innovation instilled by our Founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts.”
On television, the Masters is expected to be broadcast live in more than 200 countries and territories. Additionally, the American Forces Network will broadcast the event to U.S. military installations throughout the world.
In the United States, live Masters coverage will be available on ESPN during the Par 3 Contest on
Wednesday, April 6 from 3pm–5pm EDT. ESPN will also broadcast live Tournament action from 3pm–7:30pm on Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th. CBS will again provide weekend coverage on Saturday, April 9th from 3pm–7pm. The fourth, and final, round is scheduled to air from 2pm–7pm on Sunday, April 10th.
Payne said the Tournament will also launch the first-ever live 4K broadcast of a sporting event in the United States, featuring action from Amen Corner – the 11th, 12th and 13th holes of Augusta National. In addition, the Masters will unveil the first live virtual reality experience ever made available to the public for a professional golf event, with special cameras placed on the course allowing viewers at home with virtual reality headsets to experience hole Nos. 6 and 16 in a new and exciting way. More information about 4K and virtual reality presentations can be found on the Tournament’s official website.
Masters.com http://www.masters.com/en_US/index.html is now live and regularly updated with stories, photos and on-demand video. During Tournament week, the site will feature exclusive live scoring, player tracking, groupings, video highlights, in-depth Tournament news coverage and more. Among its six live video channels, Masters.com will debut a combined Featured Groups channel. This offering will provide 18-hole, spotlight coverage of two select groupings, adding approximately three hours of live action each day on one channel.
For iPhone®, iPad® and Android phones, the Masters Tournament has released free apps designed to complement the television broadcast or to be used independently to follow Tournament action. All apps include the same coverage and features of Masters.com. For the first time, the Tournament also developed free apps with live scoring for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices.