Masters on PTV
“A PR I did back in the late 90s when Silverstar Sports bought the rights of Masters Golf Tournament to be shown here in the Philippines and aired via PTV, a government-owned station back then.”
PTV, the national network, in cooperation with Silverstar Sports embarks in another colossal coverage of one of the most glorious sporting events this year, the 2000 Masters Tournament.
Dubbed as “golf’s most prestigious tournament,” the 2000 Masters Tournament opened with a blast recently at the pristine fairways of Augusta National Golf Club at Augusta, Georgia.
The national network has just previewed the first of the four sizzling rounds of the tournament, which started last Friday, April 7 and will bring you closer to the home of the champions in the succeeding days.
For the next three days, PTV will give you the feel of Augusta– its scenic splendor, cool April breeze and the engaging action as it brings you an extensive coverage of the 2000 Masters Tournament.
From Day 1 where the great unknown Dennis Paulson made it to the top with his maiden voyage in the Masters Tournament to Day 4 where the best of the best will don the famed green blazer.
Paulson, a 37-year old Masters rookie was one of the few golfers in the 95-player field to handle a tricky wind at Augusta National Golf Club on day 1, firing a 4-under-par 68 to grab the first-round lead.
Tom Lehman, playing three groups behind Paulson, was 5-under par for his round until he took a trip into the magnolias on the right side of the 18th fairway and emerged with a double bogey. Lehman, the runner-up in the 1994 Masters and the 1996 British Open champion, shot a 69.
Golfers at 70 are 20-year old Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia and Steve Stricker. Checking in at 71 were Rocco Mediate, Phil Mickelson, Steve Jones, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer of Germany.
Defending Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal opened with a 72. It can be recalled that Olazabal made important birdie putts on hole nos. 13 and 16 to win his 2nd Masters. With his victory, he became the Tournament’s 14th multiple winner, having also won the title in 1994.
The pre-tournament favorite Tiger Woods, 1997 Masters champion, lost five shots to par on two holes (Nos. 10 and 12) and shot 75. He struggled on the greens, needing 33 putts. The 24-year-old superstar began his amazing run with a victory at the Tour Championship last October and finished the year with four consecutive wins.
The said event will also showcase the talents of first-time participants who are expected to show their swinging prowess in golf. Vying for the green jacket are first-timers David Gossett, 1999 US amateur champ; Notah Begay III, two-time winner on the 1999 PGA Tour; and Aaron Baddeley, the youngest and the first amateur player to win the 1999 Australian Open.
With much conviction and audacity, these players won their tickets to this year’s Masters tournament and creating a name for themselves will depend on their performance especially for the first-timers. This is one great opportunity to see whether experience will prevail over athleticism or if fresh legs would beat old brains. A clash between the neophytes and the golf whiz, a new beginning for the first-time participants yet another day for the pros. But one thing is certain this year, the winner will be golden and the tradition will carry on.
Golf fanatics will surely be enthralled by these players’ excellent tee shots, superb fairway shots and game clinching putts that only the Masters can deliver.
PTV, the only national network that brings you quality sports viewing entertainment, will take you on a trip down memory lane and let you feel the magic of the Masters that transcends through time and beyond Augusta National’s vast greens, trees and ponds. It lies within the minds and hearts of players, patrons and viewers who have found inspiration in the rich tradition of the Masters.
The 2000 Masters Tournament– legendary action, full-blast entertainment brought by an elite cast of golfers in the world. Catch the second-round action on PTV today, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
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