2016 Masters: broadcasting bingo
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Nick Bonfield picks out 15 things you're likely to hear from the commentary booth during the 2016 Masters at Augusta National
2016 Masters broadcasting bingo...
With the 2016 Masters almost upon us, focus has naturally shifted to contenders, Augusta National and the history of this great championship.
Even though there is so much to discuss in those spheres, let’s turn our attention momentarily away from the golf course.
With Sky Sports taking live Open Championship broadcasting rights from this year onwards, there is concern that the end might by nigh for the BBC’s live Saturday and Sunday Masters coverage.
That means it’s possible Peter Alliss will be commentating on his last men’s golf tournament. He’ll be joined by Ken Brown, Hazel Irvine and Andrew Cotter, while the likes of Ewen Murray, Bruce Critchley, Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley will be flying the flag for Sky.
Related: Paul McGinley swing sequence
Regardless of which channel you watch, here are 15 things that are almost certain to happen during 2016 Masters broadcasting. In no particular order…
1) Kirsty Gallacher will stage a number of awkward interviews during the Masters Par 3 Championship
2) Ken Brown will find a way to incorporate a rubber duck into a ‘Ken on the Course’ segment
3) Ewen Murray will use the word ‘surely’ incorrectly and excessively
4) Bruce Critchley will refer to the 2015 Masters Champion as ‘Justin Spieth’
5) Peter Alliss will mispronounce someone’s name, call someone the wrong name, correct himself after calling someone the wrong name or someone will do so on his behalf
6) Peter Alliss will make reference to a golf club you’ve never heard of, but one he seems to have an intimate knowledge of, every time he’s on air
7) Someone will use the phrase ‘the annals of golfing history’
8) Colin Montgomerie will use a generic question as the basis for launching into a story about something he once did
9) Someone will have a meltdown at the Sky Cart
10) Someone will call a 300-yard drive ‘huge’, even though that doesn’t constitute huge in today’s game
11) David Livingstone will sit awkwardly in the Sky studio, feet twitching and pointing inwards, with an iPad that he never looks at seemingly taped to his hand
12) Someone will reference ‘the shot heard around the world’
13) You’ll spend hours over the course of the week looking at one of Augusta National’s many bridges during a lull in the action
14) There will be excessive and unnecessary references to the Butler Cabin
15) Jack Nicklaus will join the Sky commentary team for a segment, with everyone acting as if it’s the greatest honour that can be bestowed on anyone… even though it happens every year.
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email email@example.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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