Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CBS Won't Alter Current TV Plan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CBS Won't Alter Current TV Plan

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta National Golf Club chairman Jack

Stephens covered a number of issues about The Masters Tournament

yesterday with the media, ranging from tickets to television

coverage.

One of the more emphatic statements Stephens made was that

there are no plans, despite recent speculation, to allow CBS to

televise all 18 holes of play Saturdays and Sundays.

"It's been studied, and the answer is that we'll just stick

with what we do," Stephens said of the policy of allowing live

TV coverage of the back nine only. "On Sunday we show three

hours of television that's interrupted [by commercials] a total

of 12 minutes. So we show two hours and 48 minutes of pure

television. And we can cover a lot of golf. Until we can be sure

of the same quality of television presentation [for 18 holes], I

just don't think that it deserves further consideration."

Other areas Stephens covered:

The Masters field won't increase beyond the usual number of

less than 100.

The waiting list for tickets, which has been closed for the

past 20 years, won't be re-opened any time soon.

Practice round tickets, which went to a lottery system last

year, also won't be increased. Applications for the Monday

through Wednesday tickets for 1997 must be received between June

1 and July 15.

TAP-INS -- Two of the wildest hitters in professional golf,

Ian Baker-Finch and Seve Ballesteros, were paired yesterday in a

practice round. On the par-4 17th, both hit two tee balls and

neither came close to the middle of the fairway. . . . For the

fourth time since the Florida swing of the PGA Tour began, Greg

Norman and Fuzzy Zoeller are paired together for an opening

round. They tee off at 2 p.m. today. . . . Another intriguing

pairing is the tortoise (Nick Faldo) and the hare (John Daly) at

12:30 p.m. . . . As usual, the first round will begin at 7:45

a.m. with the ceremonial starting group of Gene Sarazen, Byron

Nelson and Sam Snead. …

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