The Masters: Can Anyone Stop Tiger?
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The 2008 Masters - beginning Thursday - carries some impressive numbers. This will be CBS' 53rd straight year of televising golf's most megawatt major. The network has eight hours of coverage during the last two rounds at Augusta National Golf Club, on
(April 12, 3:30 pm/ET) and
(April 13, 2:30 pm/ET). ESPN is making its Masters debut this year with first- and second-round coverage
(April 10 and 11, 4 pm/ET).
Online coverage at masters.org includes over 48 hours of live video throughout the four-day event. This includes, for the first time, live looks from the 15th and 16th holes, adding to the successful live views from Amen Corner (11th, 12th and 13th holes), which have been streamed since 2006. (Much of the video can also be found at cbssports.com and espn360.com.)
But arguably, the most important number at the Masters will be 42, as in 42 Long, reportedly
' jacket size. The sport's unstoppable force - he's won seven of his last nine tourneys - looks to add green jacket No. 5 to his wardrobe. The question for golf commentators is not so much whether he'll be in the running - that's nearly a given - but who could possibly stop him. CBS' longtime Masters anchor
expects 2000 champ
and Aussie heartthrob Adam Scott to fare well, but believes two-time titlist and Tiger nemesis
could have a steady enough hand to win. "You talk about the fear factor that's out there of all the rest of the players in the world and how they handle the pressure of being in Tiger's world," Nantz says. "Phil is the one guy that more than anyone has no fear of Tiger."
- Robert Edelstein