Between using the word “meh” in a new Masters promo and letting the boys from Dude Perfect through the gates last year, it’s quite clear that Augusta National is dead serious when it comes to getting with the times.
The club announced its latest “How do you do, fellow kids?” move overnight, revealing it would be hosting the Road to the Masters Invitational inside the Augusta National press building on Sunday, April 2, the eve of the 2023 Masters. It is a livestream, video game tournament that pits participants from the sports, entertainment and gaming worlds against one another in the new EA Sports PGA Tour: Road to the Masters video game.
The event will begin at 8am on Monday, April 3, AEST (6pm US east-coast time on April 2), and will run for two hours. It will be streamed on these platforms and channels: Masters.com; @TheMasters on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook; @EA on Twitch; @EASportsPGATour on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; @EASports on Facebook; ESPN+ and the ESPN app.
A Masters Sunday unlike any other. #RoadToTheMasters
— The Masters (@TheMasters) March 20, 2023
The full list of participants in the event will be revealed at a later date. That said, we do know who will be calling the tournament. Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner will serve as host, while Amanda Renner of CBS and ESPN’s Michael Collins and Marty Smith will provide live analysis.
As for the rules and format, four teams of two players will play foursomes (alternate-shot format) in the new EA Sports game. After nine holes, the top two teams will advance to a three-hole, foursomes final round at Amen Corner (holes 11-13 at Augusta National).
EA Sports PGA Tour: Road to the Masters will go on sale on Friday, April 7, with an early access release on Tuesday, April 4.