The 2010 Masters: How to Score Tickets to Augusta National
You want to go to the Masters? Good luck. But I'll do what I can to help.
You have a better chance of attending the Super Bowl, going to every World Series game, or winning the lottery...or something like that.
Simply put, you need a lot of cash and a lot of luck combined. And even then, you still don't have much of a chance.
If you are willing to spend thousands of dollars, you could probably find a ticket online. Keep in mind, the closer you get to the tournament date, the closer the price gets to a five-figure number. That's right, you might see four zeroes when searching for tickets.
You could always use a website like StubHub.com, unless you just want tickets for one day (and those are pretty expensive themselves) you'll have to fork over a decent amount of money.
Just to put it in perspective, when looking for a practice ticket today (the day before the tournament), the average price was about $1,000. Not many people would be willing to spend that much for four days of golf, but that is how much you'd spend just to watch a practice.
Scalpers are actually a legal option as well, but you should expect hefty prices if you want tickets from a scalper for that day.
Ticket brokers are probably your best bet. Check a bunch of brokers and compare prices to make sure you're not getting ripped off.
If you manage to get in, you have to plan your day very carefully. The front-nine is your best option because the media circus won't be there. The first nine holes are not televised, and aside from Tiger's tee-shot on the first hole, you won't see any of the action on television.
Another very hectic option to avoid is following Tiger throughout the course. There will be a group that spends the entire day trying to stay ahead of him, and I'd only suggest you do this and If you want to wake up very sore the next day. If not, you'll see plenty of good golf if you pick a great spot on one hole and stay there.
If I attended the event, I would without a doubt check out Amen Corner (the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes). Those three holes will make or break a golfer's round. They will change the course of the tournament in a second. If a golfer doesn't respect Amen Corner, it will eat them alive.
Those three holes are what golf is all about. If you want to see some outstanding shots, I guarantee you will find them if you just hover around Amen Corner all day long.
If you plan on going to this tournament, you've already missed one of the coolest traditions in sports. During practice rounds, you will see a lot of golfers skip a ball across the water, typically on the 16th hole. Its a lot harder than it looks and I would definitely try and find a few golfers skipping balls at a practice.
Basically, the Masters is quite possibly the biggest sporting event of the year. It is absolutely the most popular of the four majors and tickets are by far the hardest to get. I hope that I provided enough information to make the impossible improbable.
For some of you, it is probably too late to make it this year, but if you want to attend the 2011 Masters, I'd start saving money now. Best of luck and enjoy the next four days.
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