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In covering Masters, CBS needs to put spotlight on a swivel

April 9, 2010 - Per Peterson
Fred Couples is trying. Tom Watson is trying. But not even these two beloved, long-in-the-tooth linksters could overshadow the return of Tiger Woods to the tour Thursday. But this is no surprise. This year’s Masters tournament is about one thing and one thing only: Tiger Woods. CBS cameras follow him everywhere but to the john. But, for the first day anyway, there were other stories to follow — like Couples and Watson. Couples played the first round without socks and in tennies. How cool is that? The veteran finished the first day in the lead at -6. Watson, 60, meanwhile, finished tied for second at -5. I’ve always loved Tom Watson, mostly for the same reason I loved John McCenroe — because they had a rival, and when it comes to personal rivals, we always take sides. McCenroe had plenty of rivals, but it was his battles with Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl that stand out to me. I hated Connors and Lendl and therefore loved McCenroe even more when they faced each other. In golf, it’s more difficult to choose which of Watson's opponent to dislike because there are so many more of them. But for me, the one who stands out is Craig Stadler. Not a fan. So the more he and Watson squared off, the more I liked Watson. Now, after watching his amazing run at last year’s British Open, it’s hard to not root for him to win a green jacket. Alas, even if Watson were to don the green this year, it’s still likely he’ll somehow get overshadowed by Tiger, especially if CBS and Jim Naatz have anything to say about it. Tiger’s return is good for golf and it’s good for CBS. But what would be even better for both — and for us fans — is watching Tom Watson walk up the 18th fairway as part of the last group, seeing him tip his cap to the crowd, then sinking his three-footer to win the Masters.


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