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Masters 2022 TV broadcast review: From drones to Sir Nick, CBS covered the masters with style and sensitivity

The last Tiger Woods Comeback Show, officially known as Masters 2022, had storylines with legs from start to finish, which makes perfect sense now that we know Eva Longoria is a golf nut. She might not go very far, but as AT&T’s new ad suggests, the little actress definitely has a big shot.

Surprise Surprise? Woods made the cut with room to spare, hogging the spotlight (shock) with uncommon gallantry until Scottie Scheffler grabbed the tournament by the throat and didn’t loosen his grip until it started. to play ping-pong on the 18th green on Sunday evening. To the last drop, even with the outcome decided, the 86th rally at Augusta National showed a clear preference for sparking curiosity.

Almost all of this intrigue has been handled deftly by CBS, which has televised the Masters since 1956 but rarely with more style and sensitivity. Second-year Senior Producer Sellers Shy presided over an optically wonderful presentation. While it would be sacrilegious not to bombard viewers with beauty shots of the course itself, the best visual element of last weekend’s telecast was the drone tower collection inside the clubhouse – a building that very few golf fans will ever occupy.

Maybe half a dozen of these little gems have aired in the last two rounds. Each lasted somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute, enhanced to great effect by running the footage at high speed. With the camera lens as a guide, the entire interior of the clubhouse was covered in about three minutes. Perfect for reducing attention span. An exclusive preview. Beautifully executed.

If ESPN’s streaming option lacked the polish one would expect from a tournament of such magnitude – more on that later – CBS seized the opportunity by reminding us of a time when the network offered a weekly preview to its audience. Sir Nick Faldo awoke from his annual winter slumber to lead the operation through the final 36 holes. He read putts like a guy who’s been a caddy at the club for 40 years. He provided invaluable expertise on two of his favorite topics: price strategy and the ramifications of pressure.

Just 15 minutes after Sir Nick pointed out that every Masters Sunday is an upside-down race with sharp turns and detours, Scheffler’s chip-in for a birdie at third – followed by Smith’s bogey at the same spot – tipped the momentum a little faster. than Longoria’s clubhead speed. The senior CBS analyst sounded like a man who had just the right amount of coffee in him, feeding those watching at home heaped servings of what made him a six-time major champion.

Faldo was perfect, as they say in his native country, which leaves us wondering why he doesn’t analyze professional golf at such a high level every time he puts his pussy in the booth. Has he made too many events in the last quarter century? Is he struggling to get motivated to call the action on another Charles Schwab challenge? Faldo’s knowledge of the game is not a problem. His willingness to articulate that force is what comes and goes. At the hallowed old baseball field where he won three times, there isn’t a person on earth who does a better job of increasing coverage.

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While all the hero worship bestowed on Woods was both understandable and somewhat trivial, the Anti-Tiger Legion must have grieved the heavy dose of love poured over their heads last week. More than ever, the sports television industry strongly prioritizes viewer appeal and zeal for entertainment over journalistic principles. Calling Woods’ competitive presence at the Masters a “miracle,” as several on-air voices have done on both CBS and ESPN, had to suffer from a loss of balance on the ground floor of the prospect. .

It’s TV these days. Never a dull moment, even when there is a dull moment.

For all the positives that emerged from the ESPN stream during last month’s Players Championship, the Masters product was plagued with obvious weaknesses. Shane Bacon is not a suitable anchor for a show that lasts five or six hours and is completely devoid of ancillary devices such as graphics and replays. Analyst Colt Knost showed promise during his brief stint at CBS, but he lacks the depth and versatility to enlighten viewers over a significant span of time.

Together, they left one wishing CBS aired earlier than mid-afternoon. Especially during a tournament where there are few commercial interruptions, which is the ultimate redundancy but perhaps the best aspect of listening to an alternate source.

Of course, streaming still beats waiting for soap operas to end. The Masters is no exercise in fake drama, and new information never disappoints. Faldo’s bit about how Charl Schwartzel dug up tapes of his 2011 win in search of swing keys was a real gem. And for all the nonsensical yapping about Scheffler, nothing was better than Andrew Catalon’s insight into the winner’s intense competitive demeanor.

Information never heard by people who would know. Some nice anecdotes as a bonus. We still call it journalism. Catalon doesn’t get as much airtime as it should. If the CBS honchos weren’t so enamored with ex-players with foreign accents, they’d dump Trevor Immelman and put Catalon to better use.

Maybe it’s nitpicky, maybe it’s common sense. One thing that can’t be disputed is the excellent wire-to-wire performance that CBS delivered last week to the biggest TV audience of the year. To call it a miracle would be absurd. It is simply a recognition of the ground floor of the perspective. Optional sure foot.

More coverage of the Masters 2022 in the morning Read:

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– Weekly Reading: What’s next for Tiger Woods?
– McIlroy leaves Augusta happy at last after Sunday 64
– Scheffler passes his major test
– ‘Rory Roars’ fills Augusta National as McIlroy Delights
– Tiger Woods says he intends to play British Open at St. Andrews
– Woods recognizes that this Master was one of his best moments
– Final payouts, cash prizes for everyone on the field
– Sports Illustrated’s best photos of the 2022 Masters