When you think of progressive broadcasting ideas, The Masters traditionally doesn’t come to mind. Even though the event has been televised on CBS every year dating all the way back to 1956, coverage was notoriously restrictive for many years. Coverage of the tournament slowly expanded over the years and it wasn’t until this millennium (in 2002) that CBS was able to cover all 18 holes of the final round on Sunday.
Even now, the tournament doesn’t get all-day coverage between ESPN and CBS that other regular events throughout the year might receive on something like the Golf Channel.
Given that, this development comes as a complete surprise: The Masters has amazingly uploaded every single final round broadcast from the tournament dating all the way back to 1968 on the tournament’s YouTube page. For all the golf fans out there, good luck with your social lives over the next three weeks.
What The Masters tournament has made available through social media is simply astounding. This video archive is golf’s equivalent of the Smithsonian.
From the sporting standpoint, you can now enjoy some of the most iconic moments and rounds in golf history in full. From Tiger Woods’ historic win in 1997 to Phil Mickelson’s dramatic first major triumph in 2004 even to Sergio Garcia’s breakthrough victory in 2017. Then there’s the heartbreaking controversy of Roberto De Vicenzo’s incorrect scorecard in 1968, Greg Norman’s infamous 1996 collapse, and even Jordan Spieth’s adventures at Amen Corner in 2016.
But wait, there’s more. Larry Mize’s chip-in in 1987, Tiger’s chip heard round the world in 2005, or Adam Scott’s playoff win in 2013. It’s all here.
And for the sports broadcasting enthusiasts, it’s amazing to see how the coverage has evolved over the years. It’s rare that you’re able to watch telecasts in close to their entirety from the 60s or 70s, so there’s definitely a sense of nostalgia in being able to watch something like the 1975 Masters as though we were there when it happened over 40 years ago. The Masters features a who’s who of broadcasting legends as Pat Summerall, Vin Scully, Brent Musburger, Ken Venturi, Verne Lundquist, and so many more have been involved in the telecasts over the years.
This is a treasure trove for any golf fan and really, any sports fan, that could be enjoyed for hours. Hopefully, it’s a sign that Augusta will be expanding more of their archives in the future and opening up more of the past, present, and future of the tournament than ever before.
And if this becomes very popular online, perhaps it will spur other sports to put more full-game archives online for others to enjoy. The NFL has already done something similar when they posted three full classic games from each team to YouTube and you can go watch any of the 96 games such as Super Bowl III or “The Catch” or “The Drive.”
But there are so many more possibilities out there across sports that the number of classic games that could be featured on YouTube is endless. Having every Masters final round broadcast from the last 50 years is a great start.