In the wee morning hours this Thursday, the golf world and all tha follow it will have eyes on age old St. Andrews for the 144th British Open.
But in the days leading up to the big event, some focus has shifted from Scotland to a well-known course right here in the states–Augusta National.
In the mix of news about Rory McIlroy’s soccer injury and all the overblown hoopla over a Tiger Woods comeback at the Open, FTW brought this slice of entertainment to our attention: ESPN’s Darren Rovell unearthed a list of TV broadcast “rules and guidelines” from the 1979 Masters at Augusta. Apparently, there are a lot of things you can “never” do or say:
Before the 1979 Masters, CBS announcers were given 33 rules from Augusta National. This is real pic.twitter.com/dQr70N3FUC
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 13, 2015
And, apparently, this laundrey list is alive and well today.
Yes, Augusta National is one of the prestigious courses in the known universe. But yeesh, it’s hard to take some of these steep demands seriously.
There has yet to be any unveiling of crazy TV rules for St. Andrews–if there is one–but thanks to Rovell we will certainly be on the lookout for it.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports