Just over a week ago, Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death playoff to claim the green jacket. It’s true that such a playoff in a major golf tournament always is exciting, but the way we arrived at this one– Scott holding steady as numerous golfers faded back to (in Cabrera’s case) or below him on the leaderboard– felt a little anticlimactic. Still, among those leaders, Scott did the best job of holding steady while the course conditions did anything but, and after near-misses on his putts all day, he finally sunk them when he needed to on eighteen and the playoff hole.
A big thanks to guest blogger Luke Watson, who stopped by to lend ALDLAND the benefit of his golf acumen and insight as a guest blogger. (His posts are here and here.) Back at his own site, Hotdogs and Golf, he recently published a very thoughtful post-Masters post that’s worth your time.
While Luke’s collaboration with this site was the big media story of the tournament, another story about a broken golf collaboration has received almost no attention anywhere but these very pages. Back in January, Norm Macdonald joined Grantland as a writer, something I noted here. The partnership was announced with zero fanfare, and after a half-dozen articles, all of which were excellent (including this one on hockey), the collaboration apparently dissolved, and it did so with even less fanfare. Why? The PGA’s ban on “real-time, play-by-play transmission in digital outlets,” the violation of which will result in the revocation of “the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise.” Norm famously live-tweets golf tournaments in detail. Grantland is a part of ESPN. Were he to continue his Twitter coverage while maintaining a writing relationship with Grantland, he could threaten ESPN’s access to PGA events. As a result, the two apparently parted ways. For the Masters, Norm stepped up his “play-by-play transmission in digital outlets” by offering live video commentary as a companion to the (muted) television coverage. He discussed the project in the first segment of last week’s episode of his new show, Norm Macdonald Live.
Thanks for tuning in to our Masters coverage this year. If you want more golf material, you’ll have to wait until Luke swings by again or Jungle Bird jungle bombs another trophy ceremony.