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Tour Confidential: The Most Anticipated Part of the Masters
By Brendan Mohler
Saturday, April 04, 2015

The television broadcast of the Masters is one of the most iconic in sports, from the look and feel to the music and commentating. CBS’s lead golf announcer Jim Nantz has become nearly synonymous with the tournament. For those watching at home, Nantz’s signature greeting of “Hello, friends,” evokes all kinds of emotions that other event broadcasts simply cannot.

Joining Nantz in the 18th-hole tower for the CBS Sports broadcast is three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo. Spread throughout the back nine will be Frank Nobilo (11th and 12th holes), Peter Kostis (13th), Bill Macatee (14th), David Feherty (15th), Verne Lundquist (16th) and Ian Baker-Finch (17th).

The CBSSports.com broadcast, which consists of Masters on the Range, Amen Corner, holes 15 and 16 and two featured groups, includes Bobby Clampett, Billy Kratzert and Rich Beem, among others.

Jim Nantz with Arnold Palmer at the Masters in 2007.
Sports Illustrated/Al Tielemans

In the last 13 years, the two biggest broadcasts in CBS’ history at the Masters came in 2010 and 2013. Phil Mickelson’s victory in 2010 drew an estimated 46.5 million viewers, while Adam Scott’s win in 2013 over Angel Cabrera in a playoff drew an estimated 44.3 million.

ESPN will have the first and second rounds. In addition to Mike Tirico doing player interviews in Butler Cabin, the broadcast will feature Curtis Strange, Dottie Pepper, Paul Azinger, Andy North, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski.

The live TV broadcast times are as follows:

Thursday, April 9; 3 p.m.—7:30 p.m. ESPN

Friday, April 10, 3 p.m.—7:30 p.m. ESPN  

Saturday, April 11, 3 p.m.—7 p.m. CBS  

 

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