Rounds one and two will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club (on the Island and Bluff nines) on that week’s Wednesday and Thursday. Highlights for both of those rounds will be provided by Golf Channel which is owned by NBC. Then the top 30 players and ties will have a practice round day at Augusta National on Friday April 5.
NBC earning the rights is a bit ironic when considering the history of Masters broadcast rights. According to Scott Michaux a longtime Augusta Georgia sports writer NBC was once offered the broadcast rights to the Masters but the offer was mistakenly shipped to executives at CBS.
Before Phil Mickelson tees off in next week’s Tour Championship he’s spending his free time preparing for the Ryder Cup in his own unique way. Mickelson who seems to be enjoying his first month on social media tweeted a video on Wednesday night while on a shooting range.
His approach to commentary has drawn the ire of some pros including Tiger Woods who said Chamblee is good “for people who don’t play the game” with a grin at this year’s Players.
“How is today’s long range sniper shooting preparing me for the Ryder Cup?” he wrote. “Meditation controlling my thoughts breathing heart rate and connecting with the target are critical for both!”