Masters Golf Tournament In Augusta, GA
It's often called the toughest ticket in sports, and for good reason.
Series badges for this year's Masters Tournament are sold out, just like they have been each year since 1966.
No tickets are sold at the gate, but those fortunate enough to gain passage onto the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club will find the world's top players competing on one of the most famous courses in the world.
Every great player in seven decades - from Gene Sarazen to Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods - has won the Masters.
Bobby Jones was the one who came up with the idea of building a course in his native Georgia and holding an annual tournament for his friends.
Jones, considered the greatest amateur golfer of all time, was fresh off his Grand Slam feat of 1930 when he discovered a 365-acre tract of land in Augusta. When he was shown the property known as Fruitland Nurseries, he knew he had found the right place.
"Perfect! And to think this ground has been lying here all these years waiting for someone to come along and lay a golf course on it," he said after viewing the property from where the practice putting green is located.
Patrons who attend the tournament can thank Jones and co-founder Clifford Roberts for their vision in making the Masters what it is today.
Under their guidance, Augusta National quickly became an important player in the golf world.
Tournament administration, architecture and TV coverage are just a few of the standards set by the Masters.
For those who don't have access to the tournament proper, there is an annual chance to get practice-round tickets. To receive an application for 2009 practice-round tickets, send your name, address, daytime phone and Social Security number to: Masters Tournament, Practice Rounds, P.O. Box 2047, Augusta, GA 30903.
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ESPN will televise the first two rounds of the Masters Tournament beginning in 2008. The cable giant replaces USA Network, which had broadcast the first two rounds since 1982, and will show the action from 4 to 7 p.m. CBS will continue to televise the weekend rounds as it has done since 1956.