A funny thing happened on the way to this year's Masters. A few weeks before the tournament I called my friend Peter Kessler (a.k.a. the Voice of Golf, below) to invite him to check out our SPORTS ILLUSTRATED at the Majors studio across the street from Augusta National. Before I was through explaining the concept and describing what our writers, editors, photographers, videographers and Top 100 Teachers would be doing in the studio—interviewing guests, holding roundtables, shooting video, giving golf lessons, watching the tournament, kibitzing with fans and more—I could almost hear the wheels turning on the other end of the line. There was a moment of silence, then, "Sounds like fun. I'll be there."
To make a long story short, "I'll be there" quickly evolved into Peter's becoming the host of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED at the Majors, and all of us in the SI Golf Group—GOLF MAGAZINE, SIGOLF+ and GOLF.com—are thrilled and honored.
Thanks to Peter and the most talented staff in golf journalism, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED at the Majors got off to a great start in Augusta. We tripled our video output, and pageviews on GOLF.com increased 178% over 2011. Our live Masters blog was the best-read such blog in the world.
Now it's on to San Francisco and the U.S. Open, the second of four stops this year for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED at the Majors. Our free and open-to-the-public studio will be located in the heart of downtown, in Union Square Park. (Dates, times and directions for all stops can be found at GOLF.com/majors, or see the ad on page 59.) If you're in town for the Open or live in the Bay Area, check it out. The Voice of Golf will be there.
JAMES P. HERRE
Managing Editor, SI Golf Group
AT THE U.S. OPEN
Analysis, essays and roundtables from Michael Bamberger, Damon Hack, Gary Van Sickle and others, plus highlights and tips from GOLF MAGAZINE Top 100 Teacher Brian Manzella.