Though fans still can’t bring a cellphone onto the grounds at Augusta National, TV viewers this year will find a now-familiar sight joining the Masters broadcast.
Welcome, shot tracer.
“The tracer technology showing up at Augusta is the greatest thing since whatever… sliced bread,” said ESPN analyst Curtis Strange, admitting that he feels he’s missing something if he doesn’t see those digital arcs.
Though the technology has been in use since at least 2014, Augusta National has been typically measured in its embrace. The tracer got a trial run online last year before the club granted CBS’s request to add it to its arsenal.
Even so, fans will be able to see tracer results on just five holes this week: the ninth, 10th, 13th, 15th and 18th. Hey, it’s a start.