For golf fans who get as excited about the Masters Golf Tournament as the others get about the Super Bowl, CES and the Oscars, one app that will help you enjoy the tournament, if you can’t be in front of your TV this weekend, is The Master’s Golf Tournament app ($1.99). If you don’t have an iPad, then the Masters website will show the rounds on a computer through your browser. There is also an iPhone version and one available in the Android Marketplace, which are both free.
The apps offers the video feed of the live tournament coverage and on the weekend will show the CBS broadcasts much like the NCAA March Madness on Demand app did for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. The video quality of the golf rounds is pretty good. There was an occasional sound/video sync issue, but it was minimal. You will likely need a fast Internet connection to enjoy the app.
The Masters website has the video feeds as well. In fact the website and the app are very similar. Both offer live video as well as player information. Game stats and leaderboards are there too. The apps will give you push notifications of key moments, like when the rounds begin. You can personalize the app by picking your favorite players. When you do, you will be alerted to their progress, if you turn on the notifications in the Peronalize menu.
The Timeline screen offers history of the tournament, which might be interesting to serious fans. The Timeline moves along from earliest dates to modern times with the swipe of the finger.
There are pictures a pictures and aerial flyovers of each whole on the course. They look beautiful.
Tap the story button in the lower right and you get info about that hole – description, history, and naming background. There is also a collection of videos about special course features, like the famous Amen Corner, which shares about past moments in tournament history at these key spots.
We really like what CBS sports events have been doing lately with event apps. We hope the trend continues with all of their special sporting events in the future. The other networks could learn a lesson from them. We look forward to the day when all the major broadcast and cable networks have an app streaming their content to the iPad or other mobile devices. Hope this happens before we are all too old to enjoy it.
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