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Masters 2011

Daily tickets will be available

The odds of obtaining one of the toughest tickets in sports -- a Masters Tournament badge -- have improved. Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday that, beginning in June, fans will have a chance to win daily tournament tickets to the 2012 Masters.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jacket seen as Lefty's to lose

It's all about Phil. That would be defending champion Phil Mickelson, the hottest player on the planet and the favorite to win his fourth green jacket in this week's 75th Masters Tournament.
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Devastation in Japan weighs on players

The Masters Tournament set to start right outside the door might as well have been a million miles away. The devastation of the Japanese homeland from last month's earthquake and tsunami weigh heavy on the minds of Ryo Ishikawa and Hideki Matsuyama.
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British invasion at the Masters

The British are coming. So are the Irish and the Scots. There have never been so many players from the British Isles crowding the top of the World Golf Rankings entering the Masters Tournament than this year.
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Quiros still trying to learn tricks

Augusta National is the most familiar course to many golfers in the world, so imagine being a golfer good enough to qualify for the Masters Tournament but not having the vaguest idea what the course looks like.
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Fowler dreams of Sunday walk up 18

Rickie Fowler dreams of taking a meaningful walk up 18 on Sunday, a kind of walk that means he's still in the hunt.
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Amateurs respected at the Masters

The amateur golfer has always been revered at Augusta National Golf Club, the mandate and the legacy of its co-founder, Bobby Jones -- the greatest amateur golfer of them all. The 1961 Masters remains the best week for love of the game over money.
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Opportunity to take part is seen as gift

Matt Kuchar could tell young stars who did not play the Masters as an amateur exactly what they missed. "When you're an amateur there, you really feel special," Kuchar said of the Masters. "At Augusta, they really make you feel you are meant to be there."
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Retreat is tucked into Amen Corner

It's so hidden away that many patrons didn't even see the new building for Augusta National Golf Club members on the course during Monday's Masters Tournament practice round.
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Vegas pleases crowd, father with round

One of the surprise success stories of 2011, Jhonattan (pronounced Jonathan) Vegas is the first golfer from Venezuela to compete in the Masters Tournament. Jhonny Vegas will share his rookie Masters experience with The Augusta Chronicle:
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Nantz, Faldo are leaders in CBS' code

Jim Nantz and three-time Masters Tournament champion Nick Faldo once again will lead the on-air broadcast team for CBS this year during the event's final two rounds. Nantz said he respects Augusta National Golf Club enough to know when his voice isn't needed.
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Patrons stock up on souvenirs

With two overflowing baskets at her feet, Crystal Sisler sat in a corner of the Tournament gift shop at Augusta National to take a rest. "It's probably the last time I'll get to come here since tickets are so hard to come by, so I wanted to stock up," said Sisler, 63.
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Going rate for badges better than par

Demand for tickets to the Masters Tournament is up this year and people are prepared to pay top dollar for a chance to walk the event's famous fairways, according to online ticket traders.
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Traffic plan changes 'worked really well'

Traffic engineers declared the first day of the new Masters traffic plan on Berckmans Road a success. "I think it worked really well," Steve Cassell, a traffic engineer for Richmond County, said Monday. "I think it really helped traffic flow."
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Augustan had insider's view of Masters

Kathryn Murphy is one of the most influential behind-the-scenes people in Masters Tournament history. For almost four decades, she was the executive secretary for five Augusta National and Masters chairmen.
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Fans corner

Pat Gorman, who has been attending the Masters since 1975, wears a hat adorned with tournament badges. Gorman is used to being photographed by patrons.
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In the field

Many Masters Tournament first-timers sought out help Monday from their more experienced colleagues. Jason Day didn't have to look far to find help. Rory Sabbatini, who, like Day, lives in Fort Worth, Texas, played a practice round with him and showed the rookie around.
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Golfers tweet Monday of Masters week

Monday marked the first day of practice rounds for the Masters Tournament. From flubs on TV to notes of milestones, golfers in Augusta shared their thoughts on Twitter.
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Where to go: Course history

Augusta National lost its exhibit area this year because of additions to its tournament headquarters building, but there is plenty to see around the course.
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Masters Insider: Jeff Overton

One of the most exclusive clubs in golf convenes tonight at the Masters Club. Open only to Masters winners and Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne, the Champions Dinner began in 1952 at the suggestion of Ben Hogan. Tournament founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts were made honorary members, and chairmen of the club since Roberts have been invited, too.
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What to expect: Champions Dinner

Open only to Masters winners and Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne, the Champions Dinner began in 1952 at the suggestion of Ben Hogan. Tournament founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts were made honorary members, and chairmen of the club since Roberts have been invited, too.
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Spectator's Guide

Enjoy the practice rounds by shopping for souvenirs and taking pictures of your favorite players. Cameras are not allowed after Wednesday.
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