The renovation of the golf course isn't the only change at this year's Masters.
While Augusta National has allowed limited coverage on Masters Sunday, chairman Hootie Johnson agreed this year to give CBS Sports an additional 90 minutes. The network now can show the leaders from the driving range all the way to the 18th hole.
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'To see the leaders from the first shot on, every step of the way, is going to be very special,'' lead announcer Jim Nantz said Tuesday during a conference call.
Still, it won't be the first time to see all of Augusta.
When the third round was delayed by rain two years ago, the leaders did not tee off until CBS came on the air. The network had coverage of every shot until darkness suspended play with Vijay Singh and David Duval on the 15th hole.
It proved to be pivotal toward getting more coverage this year.
'Part of the reason the club feels comfortable now with 18-hole coverage was because the coverage that Saturday was so positive,'' CBS Sports president Sean McManus said.
Not surprisingly, the logistics of covering all 18 holes on Sunday this year will be minimal. CBS will need only five additional cameras.
'We have covered 18-hole tournaments before,'' Nantz said, listing the PGA Championship and the Memorial. 'Our crew knows how to do this.''
Plus, Nantz points out that full-round coverage Sunday translates to four holes. CBS has been picking up the final group on the fifth hole in the last several years.
Nantz warned that 90 extra minutes of coverage won't translate into higher ratings, even if Tiger Woods is in the final group. A year ago, interest was at a peak because Woods was going for an unprecedented fourth straight professional major.
'The buildup was rather large and significant,'' Nantz said. 'Given we don't have Tiger going for the slam, I can see some people saying on Monday, 'Gee, you went to 18-hole coverage and the ratings were off.'
'You can't look into that too much,'' he said. 'It may not be, when you crunch the numbers, what it was a year ago. That doesn't mean anything.''
The final round of last year's Masters drew an estimated 40.1 million viewers and a 13.3 national television rating, the second-highest total for the tournament's final round behind 1997, when Woods won his first Masters.
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