Tiger Woods is back! Well, back at the Atlanta Golf Club anyway, where he’ll participate in this week’s 93rd PGA Championship. The tournament will be broadcast live online with multiple streams, a 360-degree-camera and a nifty feature that will allow fans to share clips on Facebook.
Are you a golf fan who’s sick of Tiger Woods giving press conferences and just wants to watch some golf already? Well, your patience is about to be rewarded, as the 2010 Masters Tournament this Thursday at noon– Oh, no, you have a day job? Never fear, friend. That’s what the Internet is for.
CBSSports.com (s cbs) and Masters.com will be providing over 86 hours of live video from the Augusta National Golf Club, an increase of 50 percent over last year, spread out across numerous coverage options. Read More about Where to Watch the 2010 Masters Tournament Online
UPDATED We’re usually not much into celebrity gossip, but we have to admit that Tiger Woods’ rapid descent from golf stardom to yellow press fodder has been fascinating, if only for the fact that it seemed much more like a bad TV movie than real life. A car crashed into a tree? The questionable use of a golf club? Countless mistresses? It’s certainly been an interesting ride.
However, one voice that’s been missing form the media circus is that of Woods himself, which is why he has decided to hold a press conference at the PGA Tour Headquarters in Florida this Friday. This is Woods’ first public statement in months, and he is expected to tell us about his plans to return to the world of golf.
Well, Tiger Woods didn’t walk away with a win from the 2009 PGA Championship (that honor went to Y.E. Yang), but it was a record-setting weekend for PGA.com and Turner Sports, which served up 3.4 million video streams over the course of the 4-day event.
According to the press announcement:
Too bad Tiger Woods didn’t fart on camera this time around — the numbers would have been even bigger.
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Tiger Woods’ return to golf didn’t end in victory (he was ousted today), but it did generate some big numbers for PGATour.com. The site announced today that it served more than 2.5 million streams during the first round of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship yesterday.
The last time Woods played was in June, during a down-to-the-wire playoff against Rocco Mediate at the U.S. Open that generated more than 4 million streams in one day. PGATour.com didn’t livecast Woods’ return, but instead offered hole-by-hole coverage of Woods’ first round shortly after each hole was completed. Hopefully Woods will stay healthy so those online video numbers will stay up.
Turner Sports, which manages the PGATour.com, is on a bit of a roll as it also manages NBA.com, which just served up 14 million streams for the recent All-Star Weekend.
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