Wow, what an especially exciting Masters this year’s tournament was.
That kind of drama makes you want to be there in person.
Well, starting next year, it may be a lot easier to do just that because The Masters committee has decided to do something it hasn’t done in nearly 50 years.
Not sure if you already read about this or heard it on the TV broadcast, but I thought it was too important not to mention.
The “news” is that Augusta National is selling tournament-round 2012 Masters tickets directly to the public, something it hasn’t done since the mid-1960s.
(Practice-round tickets will be made available, too, but these are usually much easier to obtain.)
Why is the tournament-ticket news such a big deal?
Until now, only those on the list of Masters “patrons” could purchase tournament-round tickets, or “Series Badges” as they’re called down there.
That list has been closed since 1971, and the waiting list to get on it had to be closed in 1978.
So, the loosing up of this ultra-tight market provides an alternative to paying a premium to ticket brokers or tour operators.
Now, before you get too excited, Augusta National will only make a “limited number” of 2012 Masters tickets available to the public (for practice and tournament rounds), and the opportunity to buy them is being decided by lottery, or “prequalification drawing” as they’re calling it down there.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is, it doesn’t cost anything to submit your application and there’s still plenty of time to do it.
You have until June 30 for tournament-round tickets (you’ll find out if you “won the lottery” in mid-July) and July 30 for practice-round tickets (you’ll be notified in mid-August).
Practice-round tickets (you can buy a maximum of four per day) are $50. Tournament-round tickets (maximum of 2 per day) are $75.
Seventy-five dollars to attend the final round of the 2012 Masters?
That’s called a steal no matter where you are.
You can apply for 2012 Masters tickets here.
I just submitted my application. Are you going to give it a shot? Please share your comments below.