Television executives in the United States have pledged to cover LIV golfers competing in next week’s Masters Tournament
As first reported by Golfweek, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus made the promise during the network’s annual pre-Masters conference call.
The broadcaster is gearing up to show the opening men’s major of the season for the 68th consecutive year and, as much as possible, it intends to turn a blind eye to the ongoing controversy in the game.
“We’re not going to cover up or hide anything,” said McManus. “As I’ve said often, our job is to cover the golf tournament.
“We’re not going to show any different treatment for the golfers who have played on the LIV Tour than the other golfer.
“If there is a pertinent point or something that we feel we should bring up in our coverage Saturday or Sunday or on our other coverage throughout the week, we’re not going to put our heads in the sand.
“Having said that, unless it really affects the story that’s taking place on the golf course, we’re not going to go out of our way to cover it.
“I’m not sure there is anything that we could add to this story as it already exists. It’s a factor and we’ll cover it as suitable.”
Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman will also be on the CBS broadcast as its lead analyst. He echoed McManus’ remarks.
“The Masters Tournament and Augusta National is bigger than any player that has come before, any player that is around now and any player that will come in the years ahead,” said the South African
“That’s what we’re focused on is giving that tournament justice and crowning a great champion and putting a Green Jacket on a great champion on Sunday afternoon.”