Masters in 3-D a sight to behold

Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at Wednesday's Par 3 Contest.

Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at Wednesday's Par 3 Contest.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – I didn’t have time to make it out to the Par-3 Contest this afternoon, so I settled for the next-best thing.

I watched it in 3-D.

Augusta National offered a preview of its 3-D Masters coverage this afternoon to members of the media. Starting tomorrow, the tournament will provide the first 3-D broadcast of a major sporting event on TV. And let me be the first to tell you . . . it was quite a sight.

While wearing a pair of special glasses (not the flimsy ones you wear in the movie theater), I sat in the front row of the press conference room in the media center and watched the Par 3 course come to life. The 3-D image really showed off the elevation changes and the rows of patrons that lined each hole.

It was even more entertaining to see the looks on the faces of some of the more veteran members of the media who were watching the broadcast.

“Well, now I know I don’t have to go out onto the course,” one of them said.

For those lucky enough to have a 3-D-ready television, there will be two hours of live 3-D daily coverage during the tournament on Nos. 14, 16 and 18, with rotating coverage of Nos. 10-13 and 17. The 3-D broadcast airs from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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