It may seem somehow inelegant to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Masters Tournament on a tiny phone screen while grocery shopping. Or, it may seem like the greatest advance since the fusion of peanut butter and fruit preserves – but it can be done in a number of ways. Here is a look at the best ways to keep up with the first of golf's 2013 majors on the go.
The Masters app:
The Masters app is the official app of The Masters and Augusta National Golf Course. Via the astoundingly well-crafted app, Apple and Android users are able to stream video from Amen Corner, Holes 16 and 17 and watch live coverage of the two featured groups and even the live feeds from CBS or ESPN. Users also can check in on the action on the practice range and watch highlights, interviews and feature videos. Additionally, the app has a live updated leaderboard dropdown and news stream, photo gallery, course information and list of pairings and tee times. Fans can set the app to push out scoring alerts from their favorite players.
Users who get ESPN through a cable subscription can enter their account information into the app, which then allows streaming of full ESPN coverage of the tournament on a smartphone or tablet.
The PGA Tour app:
This app allows users to follow all of the scoring and lead changes throughout the tournament. Using the leaderboard feature, users can see how many holes a player is through and their scoring for the round compared to scoring for the tournament. Users also are able to select their favorite players to be viewed together at the top of the leaderboard, instead of having to scroll through the entire field to find a specific player. To view a player's scorecard, users just click on the player's name from the leaderboard. The scorecard also features video highlights of that golfer's best – or worst – moments on the course.
The Golf Channel app:
The Golf Channel has minimal coverage of The Masters, as most of the television rights sit in the hands of ESPN and CBS, but the app still provides users with breaking news updates and video highlights from its various news shows.
OK, Twitter is not going to stream video of the putts falling, but it is a great way to get instant updates, with a side of wit. We recommend following @The_Masters, @TheMastersNews and @PGATour for the information. But please also consider ESPN golf writer @BobHarig, Johannesburg-born golfing legend @GaryPlayer, Sir Nick, who may be the funniest golfer-turned-commentator @NickFaldo006, if not for this man - @Fehertwit.