“While we aim to stage a first-class championship our motivation goes beyond the scores posted between the ropes” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a press release.
The 21-second video shows Mickelson leaning over a rifle (and sporting a U.S. Ryder Cup hat). “Twelve-hundred-fifty yards” he said. “Slight crosswind.” Boom! The 48-year-old then slowly turns his head toward the camera. “Nailed it” he said. The Ryder Cup will be played in France for the first time ever in just a few weeks.
That comes as some reasonable surprise as — though the two events are not directly linked — CBS has owned the broadcasting rights at the Masters for decades. NBC Sports has just grabbed its piece of the Masters pie.