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If you’re a golf fan of any degree, and you watched the finish of the 2017 Masters in Augusta, Georgia yesterday, you know that once again it was a special Sunday finish for longtime Spanish pro golfer, Sergio Garcia.
Up to yesterday, Garcia had started in 73 major championship tournaments stretching back to 1999, and had never crossed the finish line first.
That all changed in a one-hole sudden death playoff after he, and English golfer and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, walked the 18th hole for the second time in a day. With Rose’s drive off to the far right side of the 18th fairway and into the pine straw, the green nearly hidden from view, Sergio had his opportunity to strike.
And boy did he, planting his approach inside ten feet of the flag, and eagerly awaiting Rose’s bogey finish before Garcia sank his birdie putt to put an exclamation point on his strong finish.
That it all happened on what would have been the 60th birthday of now deceased Spanish golfer and two-time Masters winner, and Garcia’s idol, Seve Ballasteros …well, it writes itself.
I had occasion to visit Augusta National and the Masters for the first time last week, and as a longtime fan and player of the game of golf, I will only say nothing can prepare you for the real thing.
I’ve watched the tournament on TV and virtually for the better part of 20 years — ever since IBM first started building the Masters Website — and the undulations and diverse topography of the course are something that can only be fully grokked in person. It is, in a word, simply majestic.
And par for the course, IBM continues to partner with Augusta National in order to bring the best of this world-class competition to fans around the world.
This year, we brought Watson along for a tee time — you can read more about Watson’s work behind the scenes here.
In the meantime, congratulations to Sergio, and Viva Espagna!
Another fantastic Masters is in the bag.
That’s it, today’s the day.
The first players have already teed off at the Masters in Augusta.
Yesterday, I discussed the virtual means by which you could experience playing at Augusta National.
Today I’m going to focus on the various means by which you can follow this year’s action on and off the course.
First, and most importantly, the leaderboard.
On the Masters web site, for which IBM is the longtime technology sponsor, you can go to the virtual equivalent of the traditional Masters leaderboard.
You can also find the leaderboard on this year’s revamped iPad app, which I’m quickly leaning on as my 19th hole for following all the action from Augusta.
This year it includes live video from a number of the holes, including Amen Corner, 15, 16, as well as two “featured groups,” a Masters “in-depth” feature channel, and for those warm-ups, the driving range, and over the weekend a live simulcast of CBS’ TV coverage.
You’ll be able to access live radio, news features, and pictures from the grounds (including new 360 panoramic images that I suspect will be suitable for framing!).
As for TV coverage itself, that doesn’t start in the U.S. until 3:00 PM EST ESPN. However, live video coverage begins on Amen Corner starting at 10:45 AM on the Website and via the mobile applications, so if you’re hankering to get out to the action, that’s going to be your fastest way in.
This year, IBM is leaning heavily on its SmartCloud technology to help drive quality and continuous operations, along with the flexibility and scalability required by the Masters.
As players peak on the course, we typically see a resultant workload increase in our technology systems.
This helped lead to have the need to provision a new Presentation Services “instance,” for example, in less than 3 minutes using Tivoli Provisioning Manager, as it helps us get new virtual machine instances up and running quickly.
We are also able to move one workload to another on our POWER systems powering the Masters using our Live LPAR mobility in four minutes without service interruption.
Can you say pressure putt???
So as the tournament begins, who will I be keeping a close eye on?
Tiger, for sure. Phil. Brandt. Rory. Graeme. Garrigus. Schwartzel. Colsaerts. Poulter. Oosthuizen. Guan (the 14 year-old Chinese kid).
It’s just an incredibly talented field, as, of course, it always is. Length and shot shaping are always helpful at Augusta, especially right to left, but as Zach Johnson proved several years ago, shorter hitters can score (and win) if they play the right angles.
As for me, I went back and played another virtual round at Augusta last night in my Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 and shot 2 under.
There’s hope for me yet. That means I would currently be tied with Jim Furyk for second place in my Walter Mitty golf fantasy. But it’s only Thursday…
Today’s the best day of the year! Happy Master’s, everybody!
I’ve had the TV blasting from the moment I woke up this morning, and I’ve minimized my conference call schedule to make sure I can pay appropriate attention to day one of the 2012 Masters’ tournament from Augusta, Georgia.
As of this writing, Martin Kaymer has jumped out to −2 after 9, while Henrik Stenson is −2 but through 3. The course seems to be playing difficult so far, with very few red numbers thus far.
Tiger Woods just played #1 and is at even par.
The big question overnight was whether Augusta would allow for lift, clean and place (where the golfer can pick up their ball and clean off any mud, grass, etc.), but apparently it wasn’t necessary, despite the 14 inches of rain the course saw overnight on Tuesday.
Now, to your viewing options: This year, I’m keeping tuned into the Masters iPad application that IBM helped build for the tournament. It includes a nice top-shelf interface that includes a leaderboard, livestreaming video from both featured groups and Amen Corner, and a news stream that keeps you in touch with the latest from the round. It’s a VERY nice one stop Master’s shop.
I’m also tuning into the Golf Channel for ongoing commentary for highlights, and soon, I’ll be tuning into the AT&T U-Verse Master’s coverage, which will allow me to custom follow one of two featured groups, Amen Corner, and/or 15/16. Nice job, AT&T! You should promote that more!
And of course, on Masters.com, you can find everything you need to know about the tournament, including all the pairings, results, and live video coverage of Amen Corner, 15/16, and of course, pictures from today’s round.
You can also follow the hashtag #masters on Twitter, but be forewarned — it’s trending like #egypt during the Arab spring, and this is only day one!
I never would have projected that golf’s greatest tournament, The Masters, would prove to be a morality tale in 2010, but that’s what it ultimately ended up being.
I’ll skip through the morality part for a moment, and simply say congratulations to the new three-time Masters champion, Phil Mickelson.
Phil, that shot on 13, the one from behind and between those two trees…well, it was a pure thing of beauty, it took some major guts, and it paid off.
That, along with Phil’s two-eagle run on Saturday (including a chip-in on 14) made for some pretty amazing golf to watch.
Of course, the others at the top of the leaderboard over the weekend also brought tremendous drama to this year’s Masters. Tom Watson (60 years of age) and Fred Couples (50 years of age, and with still the most beautiful swing in golf), shooting under par and demonstrating to the young flat bellies they could still play and play bigtime.
K.J. Choi, whose almost robot-like performance belied a seeming concentration to rival that of Tiger Woods, his four-day playing partner.
Woods, who despite the off-course drama still brought an amazing, if inconsistent, golf game to Augusta after a five-month layoff. Not sure many other players could have shot 11 under under similar circumstances. And even Woods hit several magical shots from out of the trees.
Britain’s Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, both of whom walked into the weekend with a Union Jack stride, and Westwood incredibly gracious and positive in his post-Masters interview. If you want to know what good sportsmanship is all about, watch that interview with Westwood.
But in the end, it was the picture of a tearful Phil Mickelson, hugging his wife Amy (who has been battling breast cancer) and their three kids just off the green at 18, that the Masters was left with.
And whether or not the morality tale was an intentional one, it was one we could all relate to.
Whoa there, Nelly!
Rumor mill has it Yahoo is considering a purchase of location-based marketing darling Foursquare for a mere $100M buckaroonis.
That’s certainly one way for Foursquare to lose its way in the digital wilderness.
Let’s be real: Yahoo doesn’t exactly have a glowing record of effective acquisition integration.
Of course, that raises Texas-based location service competitor Gowalla’s stock in trade.
Then again, both Gowalla and Foursquare should probably get theirs while the gettin’s good.
One major move by Facebook in the mobile location arena and you can watch that oxygen leave the bubble faster than Tiger Woods flees a post-Masters press conference this week in Augusta.
(Sterling performance yesterday, BTW, Tig..now, get out on the golf course and show us you can actually still play golf.)
Me, I’m still not telling anybody where I am in the world using these services. While I’m sure they’re good for something, I have enough trouble keeping up with my location without advertising it to the world.
And quite honestly, I see too many opportunities for social etiquette snafus, never mind all the privacy issues I’ve raised previously.
“Oh, no, you mean, we were BOTH at the SAME bar at the same time and we COMPLETELY missed one another?? How could technology POSSIBLY have failed us so?!”
John Battelle writes it’s a “demo” thing (as in “demography”).
But I still maintain the only person in the world who needs to know where I am is me. And I don’t need an Internet service to tell me that.
At least not yet.
It’s that time again.
What time is that, you ask?
Time for The Masters 2010, of course.
If you have a 3D-enabled TV set, you’re in for a special treat with this year’s tournament. Some of the back 9 action at Augusta is going to be broadcast in 3D (no, Alice or the White Rabbit will not be making a special guest appearance).
Alas, I only have a regular HD set, but between that and the IBM-sponsored Master’s 2010 Web site, I know I’ll be in good hands to follow this year’s action. And I WILL be following the action…all four days of it!
For serious golf fans, The Master’s verges on holy ritual. And though I still haven’t had the opportunity to walk Augusta live and in person, for me it’s the greatest sporting event of the year.
This year’s Web site has been completely redesigned to allow the story of the Masters to be told in a very visual manner (see the screenshot below).
Less is more, and it’s time to let the golf course tell more of the story.
This year, the live video experience will be enhanced, including HD quality video, as well as a DVR-like feature that will allow users to “rewind key moments.”
There will be additional live coverage (including “Featured Groupings”…hmm, I wonder who will make it to those this year!), and the leader board will be updated to include key shots.
For you mobile users, the updated iPhone app will be updated and include the expanded live video coverage (along with radio coverage as well, for those of you listening discriminately at work!).
The mobile coverage will be expanded to ensure high-end smart phones have the best possible user experience.
And for all you lucky new iPad owners out there, my inside sources have it that the Master’s iPhone app will work there as well.
Just don’t rub it in.