A 60-YEAR BROADCAST HISTORY OF THE MASTERS® ON CBS
CBS Sports has covered a wealth of memorable moments for more than half-a-century broadcasting the Masters®. In preparation for the 80th classic and the 61st consecutive year of CBS Sports' coverage of the nation's premier golf event, we invite you to wander amidst the azaleas and dogwoods, around Amen Corner, down the pressure-packed stretch holes of the Augusta National Golf Club and through these pages for a chronological history of those broadcasts.
1956 -- The initial broadcast of the Masters Tournament on Friday, April 6, used six cameras covering action at the 15th, 16th and 17th greens and the 18th fairway, with two of the cameras used at the 18th green. For the Sunday broadcast, one more camera was added to the clubhouse suite of Clifford Roberts, co-founder, along with the immortal Bobby Jones, of the Masters. Jack Burke Jr. (289) was a one-stroke victor over Ken Venturi.
1957 -- With Bud Palmer and Jim McKay reporting, CBS Sports used eight cameras at strategic points on the course. Walkie-talkies were used for the first time, two of which were set up in the announce towers as receiving units, and the other four placed on the course to relay up-to-the-minute scores and vital statistics on the players. Doug Ford (283) defeated golf immortal Sam Snead (286).
1958 -- The Masters broadcast saw a ninth camera added to the production, and again six walkie-talkies were used. Jim McKay and John Derr reported the action as Arnold Palmer (284) won his first Masters Tournament by one stroke over Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins.
1959 -- Further expanding its coverage, CBS Sports used 10 cameras for the Masters with Chris Schenkel at the 18th hole, Jim McKay at the 17th, Jim McArthur at the 16th and John Derr at the 15th. Art Wall (284) won the tournament by one stroke over Cary Middlecoff (285).
1960 -- The broadcasts were much the same as in 1959, but the golf action was even more dynamic as Arnold Palmer (282) led the field at the end of each day of play, edging Ken Venturi (283) for the title.
1961 -- Eleven cameras were in use at Augusta National, one more than in the two previous years. Gary Player (280) became the first foreign entrant to win the Masters.
1962 -- Former Masters champion Byron Nelson joined the CBS Sports broadcast team as an analyst. The 1962 Masters produced the first triple tie in the tournament's history among Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald (280), with Palmer joining Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead as a three-time winner in an 18-hole playoff.
1963 -- CBS Sports used 12 cameras for the coverage and had a technical and support staff of 45. The Masters Tournament had become a major attraction, and Jack Nicklaus (286) became the youngest Masters champion at age 23.
1964 -- Another camera was added, bringing the total to 13 over the four finishing holes. Arnold Palmer (276), one of three who had won the Masters three times, became the first four-time champion.
1965 -- CBS Sports used a total of 15 cameras and introduced a television studio located in a new building at Augusta National Golf Club. It contained a standings board, a sliding panel for diagrams of the four finishing holes and an Eidophor screen for projecting pictures of the action on the course. It permitted former Masters champions Cary Middlecoff and Byron Nelson, at the anchor position, to "eavesdrop" on the golfers on the course and comment on their shots. Butler Cabin used for television for the first time. Jack Nicklaus (271) gained his second Masters title.
1966 -- The first color broadcasts of the Masters were seen on the CBS Television Network, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. Using 15 cameras, the broadcasts covered the action at the 14th green and the entire 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Two remote units and a studio on the course equipped with the only color Eidophor in the United States were used. Jack Whitaker, Jack Drees, John Derr, Henry Longhurst (golf broadcaster and writer from England), and golf professionals Cary Middlecoff and Byron Nelson reported the action as Jack Nicklaus (288) successfully defended his title for his third Masters championship. It was also the year that the stop-action technique, introduced so successfully by CBS Sports on National Football League game broadcasts the previous fall, was used in golf coverage for the first time.
1967 -- In yet another milestone in CBS Sports' coverage, the first live television broadcast of a golf tournament from the United States to Europe was presented. Gay Brewer Jr. (280), the winner, and Bobby Nichols (281) provided spectators and viewers with one of the most thrilling finishes ever in a golf tournament.
1968 -- Pat Summerall, Ken Venturi, Frank Glieber and Jay Randolph joined in the commentary as Bob Goalby won the Masters championship with a 72-hole score of 277. Roberto de Vicenzo returned an incorrect scorecard showing a par 4 on the 17th instead of a birdie 3 and, under the "Rules of Golf," the higher score counted.
1969 -- Ray Scott, stationed at the 15th hole, and Frank Gifford, covering the action at the 14th hole and 13th green, joined CBS Sports' coverage of the Masters. George Archer (281) won over a record number of players, 25 in all, who led or shared the lead during the four days of play.
1970 -- CBS Sports expanded its coverage of the Masters to include play at the 13th hole. Billy Casper became the champion in decisive fashion in the sixth playoff since the inception of the Masters. On the Monday, April 13, broadcast, Casper shot a 69 to Gene Littler's 74 in his 14th Masters Tournament.
1971 -- The last nine holes on the fourth day of play were dominated by Charles Coody, Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus, with Coody (279) refusing to yield to pressure and proving himself to be a worthy champion by playing the last four holes in 2 under par.
1972 -- Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer as a four-time winner of the Masters. Nicklaus' winning score of 286 was 15 strokes higher than his record-breaker in 1965, but he was the only player to finish the tournament below par.
1973 – CBS Sports’ coverage extended to the 13th hole. The highlight of the 1973 Masters was the exciting competition down the stretch. Rain postponed Saturday's play and broadcast, forcing the third round to be played on Sunday and the final round on Monday. Tommy Aaron (283), a native Georgian and 11-time participant, was the winner by a stroke over J.C. Snead.
1974 -- The technical staff was comprised of 80 persons, 65 CBS Television Network technicians and 15 local power and telephone employees. Additionally, 25 scorers and spotters kept abreast of the players, scores and on-course action, relaying that information to directors Frank Chirkinian and Bob Dailey as well as the seven announcers reporting the stroke-by-stroke action. Gary Player (278), after almost holing a marvelous nine-iron approach shot at the 17th, recorded his second Masters victory.
1975 -- The Masters Tournament again became the center of the sports world, and CBS Sports broadcast what has been described by many as the greatest Masters of all. It was the talented triumvirate of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller that treated the largest gallery in tournament history and television viewers to one of the greatest shows in golf's annals. In the end, it was Nicklaus 68-67-73-68--276, Weiskopf 69-72-66-70--277 and Miller 75-71-65-66--277, the only difference among the three being a 40-foot birdie putt that Nicklaus rolled in at the 16th green for a record fifth Masters championship.
1976 -- A combination of perfect weather and ideal scoring conditions prevailed during CBS Sports' coverage. Raymond Floyd responded with an eight-stroke winning margin and record-tying score of 271, first established by Jack Nicklaus in 1965. This was Floyd's 12th Masters, and his performance on the par-5 holes (14 under par) was the best, by four strokes, of any champion.
1977 -- CBS Sports expanded its coverage of the Masters to include play on the final 10 holes. At least five players went into the final round with an excellent chance to win the tournament. It was initially a duel between Tom Watson and Rik Massengale, who for several holes were tied. Jack Nicklaus provided the competition on the back nine; he was tied with Watson at the 14th hole and remained so until Watson's 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole. This forced Nicklaus to gamble on a birdie at 18, which resulted in a bogey and victory for Watson (276) by two strokes.
1978 -- Twenty-four cameras were focused on the Masters as Gary Player, at the age of 42, won the 42nd renewal and earned the green jacket for the third time. The ever-popular Player attained the victory by shooting an incredible, record-equalling 64 in the final round.
1979 -- On Easter Sunday, the Masters experienced the first sudden-death playoff in its 43-year history. Fuzzy Zoeller was tied with Tom Watson and Ed Sneed with a score of 280 after 72 holes of play. The event was covered from the 9th green through the 18th hole by CBS Sports with 25 cameras. The playoff began at the 10th hole, with each player making par. At the second extra hole, the 11th, Zoeller made an eight-foot birdie putt to win the tournament.
1980 -- Severe weather in the Augusta area on the last two days of play did not unleash its fury on the Masters. However, the new champion, Severiano Ballesteros (275), did. The man from Spain scored 23 birdies, the most ever by a Masters champion; had one eagle, giving him a record 24 sub-par holes; and established yet another record with his 6-under-par performance on the par-4 holes. CBS Sports celebrated 25 years of covering the prestigious event.
1981 – CBS Sports introduced a new song for the Masters broadcasts. “Augusta” was written and performed by award-winning singer and songwriter Dave Loggins. In a Masters played for the first time on bent-grass greens, CBS Sports again covered the 9th through the 18th holes as Tom Watson turned in a final score of 280 to win by two strokes over runners-up Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.
1982 -- Craig Stadler became the 29th champion by defeating Dan Pohl in the second sudden-death playoff in Masters history. In Saturday's third-round, Stadler emerged to lead or share the lead for 13 holes, the last 10 in succession. On Sunday, he led or shared the top spot for the entire 18 holes. Beginning with the last nine, he was six strokes ahead of his nearest competitors and it appeared that he would coast to victory. However, bogeys on holes 12, 14 and 18 resulted in a score of 284 and a tie with Pohl. The sudden-death playoff began and ended at the 10th hole, where Stadler made an easy par 4 and Pohl missed a par-saving putt.
1983 -- Severiano Ballesteros, who became the youngest Masters champion with his victory in 1980, boldly and convincingly captured the tournament for the second time as CBS Sports expanded its coverage to include play at the final 13 holes. His 8-under-par score of 280 was four strokes better than runners-up Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. In fourth-round play, Ballesteros shared the lead with former champion Raymond Floyd at the first hole, but then led outright for the final 17 holes.
1984 -- Finally, it was time for Ben Crenshaw (277). All the years, all the torment and all the disappointments faded into the tall Georgia pines as the two-time Masters runner-up became the proud possessor of the coveted green jacket. He carded a final-round 68 for a two-shot victory over Tom Watson. In yet another milestone for CBS Sports' coverage of the Masters, all 18 holes could be presented by the Network.
1985 -- Bernhard Langer, a wiry 27-year-old West German, showed world-class ability and patience beyond his years in claiming his first title in the United States. Langer won the green blazer by posting a 33 over the final nine holes, passing Raymond Floyd, Severiano Ballesteros and, finally, a faltering Curtis Strange. Television viewers were treated to CBS Sports' coverage of all 18 holes of play on the final day.
1986 -- CBS Sports cameras focused on the action as Jack Nicklaus, 46 years old and written off by many as a contender, rediscovered his old form and won his sixth Masters with a final round that turned into one of the most dramatic and exciting in Masters history. With four holes remaining, Nicklaus trailed the leader, Severiano Ballesteros, by four shots. He then initiated a charge with an eagle-birdie-birdie-par streak; for a final-round score of 65 and a four-day total of 279, nine under par. That was strong enough to beat Ballesteros, who faltered at the 15th; Greg Norman, who threatened but bogeyed the 18th and Tom Kite, who had an excellent chance to force a playoff but missed a birdie on the 18th hole.
1987 -- This was the year that produced the Masters' third triple tie. On the strength of his 70-72-72-71--285 (3 under par), Larry Mize survived Severiano Ballesteros (who 3-putted the first playoff hole, the 10th) and Greg Norman in a sudden-death playoff broadcast by CBS Sports.
1988 -- The Masters Tournament produced marvelous golf and a worthy champion--Sandy Lyle, a Scotsman born and raised in England--who beat Mark Calcavecchia by one stroke. During the final round, Lyle (281) temporarily lost the lead, but managed to arrive at the 18th tee tied with Calcavecchia, the leader, who had finished play. Lyle's tee shot at No. 18 found a bunker, but using a seven-iron, he made a spectacular second shot that hit the green some 20 feet above the hole and rolled back to within 10 feet of the flagstick. His downhill putt dropped into the cup for a birdie and he became the fourth international Masters winner.
1989 -- In a tournament that featured wind, rain, gloom of night, and big-name heroics, Nick Faldo dropped one last putt in the Masters' fourth sudden-death playoff to solidify himself as one of golf's premier major championship performers. It was Scott Hoch's miss of a short putt for a winning par on the first hole of sudden death, the 10th, that gave Faldo, the fifth foreign-born winner, a chance to roll in his winning birdie putt on the next hole. CBS Sports captured the drama as darkness and rain fell.
1990 -- In a somewhat bizarre replay of the 1989 tournament, Nick Faldo again came from behind on the last day to force a sudden-death playoff. Again, Faldo played the 10th hole poorly, but both he and Raymond Floyd scored par fours. At the 11th, Floyd's second shot splashed into the pond, and Faldo, who won with a birdie a year earlier, needed only a par to become the second champion in Masters history to win back-to-back championships.
1991 -- CBS Sports Masters' Host Jim Nantz dubbed Ian Woosnam the "prince of Wales" after he broke a three-way tie at the 18th hole with Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal and veteran Tom Watson to win his first Masters Tournament and become the fourth European in a row to don the green jacket.
1992 -- CBS Sports earned a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 1991 Masters, marking only the sixth time in the 52-year history of the award that a sports broadcast was cited. A rain delay on Saturday extended play as well as the Network's broadcast one hour. Fred Couples won his first major and Jim Nantz, his longtime friend and former suitemate at the University of Houston, had the honors of interviewing Couples afterwards in Butler Cabin during the green jacket ceremony.
1993 -- Germany's Bernhard Langer stole the show on Easter Sunday in Augusta when he won his second Masters Tournament by four-strokes, the largest margin of victory at the Masters since 1983.
1994 -- Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain won his first major to join countryman and mentor Seve Ballesteros in Masters history. Olazabal became the sixth foreign player in seven years to don the green jacket. Relative unknown Tom Lehman led Olazabal by a stroke heading into Sunday’s final round. Olazabal, Lehman and 1987 Masters winner Larry Mize were dead even as they made the turn to the back nine, but it was the young Spaniard who slipped on the green jacket at day’s end.
1995 -- A struggling Ben Crenshaw, burdened with the death of his mentor and friend Harvey Penick just three days before the first round, shot a 14-under-par 274, the tournament’s lowest score in 19 years, to capture his second Masters victory (1984). Crenshaw said his one-stroke victory over Davis Love III would “always be his finest hour.”
1996 -- With a six-stroke lead heading into the final round, Greg Norman, snakebitten in past Masters and seemingly eternal bridesmaid, was ready to finally be fitted for his first Green Jacket. But as the day unfolded, Nick Faldo fired the low round of the day, 67, for a tournament total 276 to earn his third Green Jacket. Norman, who led after 18, 36 and 54 holes, tied the course record with an opening round 63 but will be remembered for his final round 78 and another second place finish.
1997 -- In what CBS Sports golf anchor and Masters host Jim Nantz described as, “A win for the ages,” Tiger Woods shattered The Masters record book. At age 21, Woods became the youngest champion in Masters history. In only his third Masters appearance and first major as a professional, Woods set 20 Masters records and tied six. Woods broke the Tournament 72-hole record by one stroke, scoring a four day total 18-under par 270. His 12 stroke margin of victory over runner-up Tom Kite also set a Tournament record and was the widest margin of victory at 72 holes among golf’s four majors. Woods’ stunning performance in Sunday’s final round was the most-watched golf broadcast in history with 43.0 million viewers watching all-or-part of the broadcast. Sunday also was the highest-rated Masters final round of all time and highest- rated major championship final round ever.
1998 -- Mark O’Meara made a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to defeat Fred Couples and David Duval by a stroke. It was O’Meara’s 15th Masters, setting a record for number of attempts before a victory.
1999 -- The final Masters of the century ended with a European flair when Spaniards Jose Maria Olazabal and 18-year-old Sergio Garcia were presented green jackets in Butler Cabin. In one of the most inspiring comebacks in golf, after rebounding from rheumatoid arthritis, Olazabal made key birdie putts on the 13th and 16th holes to hold off Greg Norman and Davis Love III to win the Masters. He became the Masters’ 14th multiple winner, having also won in 1994. Garcia won the low amateur title. Olazabal became the eleventh European to win the Masters since, coincidently, Spain’s Seve Ballesteros took home a green jacket in 1980.
2000 -- In blustery conditions, Vijay Singh scored a third round 70 and added a final round 69 to win his first Masters. Singh outplayed Ernie Els by three strokes and David Duval and Loren Roberts by four with a four-day total of 10-under-par 278….Augusta National Golf Club and CBS Sports presented the 2000 Masters in digital high definition format with coverage of holes 15 through 18 and the Green Jacket Presentation in Butler Cabin. The 2000 Masters was the first golf tournament ever presented live in HDTV on network television.
2001 -- Tiger Woods made history again at Augusta National as he became the first person to win four consecutive professional major golf tournaments when he earned his second Green Jacket. He captured the 2001 Masters with a 16-under-par total of 272 defeating David Duval by two strokes and Phil Mickelson by three.
2002 – After posting a third round 66, Tiger Woods played steady, and sometimes spectacular, golf in winning his second consecutive Masters title and third overall. He joined Jack Nicklaus (1965-66) and Nick Faldo (1989-90) as the only players to successfully defend their title. Woods’ four-day total 12-under-par 276 established the record for lowest 72-hole score by a defending champion. The 2002 Masters broadcast times were expanded for the first time to present 18-hole coverage of Sunday's final round. For the first time, Lanny Wadkins contributed analysis for CBS Sports from Butler Cabin. In what marked his 48th year at the Masters as a competitor and announcer, a retiring Ken Venturi called his last Masters for CBS Sports.
2003 – For the first time, the standard analog and HDTV productions of the Masters were unified and provided breathtaking 18-hole coverage in HDTV’s highest definition format. In the largest HDTV production ever at the time, CBS Sports utilized 42 high definition cameras and 10 hand-held 16x9 standard definition cameras. Whether watching in widescreen HD or traditional 4x3 analog, viewers heard and saw the same golf announcers and saw the same camera angles, replays and graphics. Lanny Wadkins, CBS Sports’ new lead golf analyst, joined Jim Nantz at the 18th tower for his first Masters in this role, second overall. Canadian Mike Weir became the first person from his country to ever win a major with his one-hole playoff victory over Len Mattiace.
2004 – “Is it his time? Yes! At long last!” proclaimed CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz as Easter Sunday brought Phil Mickelson his long-awaited Masters victory, and his first major, with an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole. After starting the round tied for the lead with Chris DiMarco, Mickelson birdied five of the last seven holes as Ernie Els played two groups ahead of him. The 18-footer broke a deadlock with Els to give Mickelson the one-stroke victory. Four-time winner Arnold Palmer played in his 50th consecutive and final competitive Masters.
2005 – Tiger Woods became only the third person to win at least four Masters Tournaments, joining Jack Nicklaus (6) and Arnold Palmer (4). CBS Sports’ cameras captured Woods’ unforgettable chip-in at No. 16 on Sunday, becoming one of the most memorable sports highlights of the year. Woods began the third round six strokes behind Chris DiMarco, but a record-tying, seven-hole birdie streak beginning on No. 7 moved Woods into first place. Woods went on to beat DiMarco with a 15-foot birdie on the first playoff hole (18). Sunday’s final round was the third most-watched of all time. Saturday’s third-round coverage was extended to 7:00 PM from previous years when it ended at 6:30 PM.
2006 -- Phil Mickelson won his second Masters Tournament in three years. Paired with past Masters champion Fred Couples on Sunday, Mickelson scored a two-stroke victory over South African Tim Clark. Tiger Woods helped Mickelson into his green jacket after Mickelson did the same for Woods in 2005. Augusta National Golf Club, CBS Sports and CBSSports.com presented live streaming video of Amen Corner for the first time allowing fans to see every golfer play the 11th, 12th and 13th holes live. More than 3.7 million unique users visited masters.org and more than 3 million video streams of live golf action were served. In the largest HDTV golf production, CBS Sports utilized 54 high definition cameras, including, for the first time, 10 hand-held HD cameras.
2007 -- Zach Johnson won his first Masters as he birded three of the final six holes on Sunday and held off Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini by two strokes. In addition to the return of Amen Corner Live, CBS Sports.com and masters.org for the first time provided an extra hour of live online bonus coverage. Masters Extra provided live streaming video for one hour each day before television coverage of the 2007 Masters Tournament
2008 -- South African Trevor Immelman won his first Green Jacket shooting three rounds in the 60s to start the Tournament. Immelman won the 2008 Masters by three strokes over Tiger Woods and four over Stewart Cink and Brandt Snedeker with a final 8-under-par 280 total. CBS Sports introduced all-new, critically acclaimed 3-D hole animation during Saturday and Sunday Masters coverage.
2009 -- Argentinean Angel Cabrera became the Masters’ first South American champion by defeating Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in the Tournament’s first three-man playoff since 1987. Three-time Masters champion Gary Player competed in his record 52nd and final Masters. Sunday’s final round was seen in all-or-part by 35.2 million viewers and was the largest number of viewers ever to watch all-or-part of an Easter Sunday final round. An estimated 42.0 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ Easter Weekend coverage of the Masters, making it the most-watched Masters since 2001 when 47.9 million viewers watched all-or-part of Tiger Woods winning his second Green Jacket.
2010 – An estimated 46.5 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ third and final rounds of the 2010 Masters, making it the most-watched Masters in nine years. Phil Mickelson won his third Masters with a three-shot victory over Lee Westwood, becoming only the eighth player to earn three Green Jackets. On Thursday, six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus joined four-time winner Arnold Palmer as an Honorary Starter. Marking the first time for any major sporting event, the Masters was produced and distributed live in 3D on television and the Internet.
2011 – With a record-setting birdie run on the final four holes, South African Charl Schwartzel won his first Green Jacket on the 50th anniversary of fellow countryman Gary Player’s first Masters victory. His birdie on the 18th hole capped off one of the most thrilling conclusions in the history of the Tournament as Schwartzel overtook Rory McIlroy, the 54-hole leader, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy and Luke Donald.
2012 – “Another Watson is wearing a Green Jacket and this time his name is Bubba!” declared Jim Nantz after Bubba Watson won the Masters in a sudden-death playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. Watson’s high, hooking wedge from the trees right of the No. 10 fairway allowed him to make par and win on the second playoff hole. “Masters on the Range,” a live show originating from the Tournament Practice Range at Augusta National was available for the first time in 2012 on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network Monday through Wednesday.
2013 – An estimated 44.3 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS’s third and final round Masters coverage which was the second-highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of CBS’s weekend Masters coverage in 12 years, behind only 46.5 million in 2010. CBS Sports Network teed up an unprecedented seven days of coverage with “Masters on the Range” and for the first time replayed CBS Sports’ live broadcasts of the third and final rounds of the Masters immediately following the conclusion of its coverage. Australia’s Adam Scott won the coveted Green Jacket and his first career major with a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Argentina’s Angel Cabrera.
2014 – Bubba Watson won his second Masters in three years. After entering the final round tied for the lead with Jordan Spieth, Watson went birdie-birdie on Nos. 8 and 9 (Spieth bogeyed each) and gained a two-stroke lead that he would not relinquish. CBSSports.com and Masters.com expanded to offer five channels of live golf action for the 2014 Masters Tournament.
2015 – In only his second Masters appearance, Jordan Spieth won his first Green Jacket with an 18-under-par 270 matching Tiger Woods’ 72-hole scoring record set in 1997. The 21-year-old set the mark for the most birdies in a single Tournament with 28. CBSSports.com and Masters.com continued to offer five channels of live golf action for the 2015 Masters Tournament. Sunday’s final-round earned an estimated 30.6 million viewers who watched all-or-part, up +22% from 2014. Overall, third and final-round coverage on CBS was seen in all-or-part by 37.0 million viewers, up +22% from the 2014 Masters.