Majors: The Masters / The Host Facility

Best Seat for Masters’ Finish Requires Chair, Early Arrival

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:50 Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:42

Chairs at the MastersCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Teresa M. Walker/AP) — Grabbing a front row spot for the chance to watch a historic finish at the Masters is easy: Be at the gate when the doors open, walk briskly to No. 18 and plop down a chair.

Then wander off.

Grab some breakfast, go shopping or walk around Augusta National enjoying the day. When golfers start on the back nine, return to find that chair still in the same spot.

Yes, the Masters takes saving a seat to an entirely different level.

"You know if you put your chair down, nobody's going to move it," Anne Costigan of Baltimore said. "It's safe where it is. Nobody does that. It's so unique."

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From the Fairway: Piece of Eisenhower Tree Heading to Presidential Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:42 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:39

Eisenhower TreeCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Men in green Masters jackets gave a warm round of applause to a large wood chip.

It wasn’t just a scrap from any old tree. To be exact, it was a 6-inch-thick, 4 1/2-foot-in-diameter cross-section of timber cut from the Eisenhower Tree, a soaring loblolly pine that stood like a sentinel guarding the left side of the 17th fairway at Augusta National for some 80 years.

Tributes rolled in when the tree was felled by an ice storm in February 2014, in no small part because of its connection to former president and Augusta member Dwight Eisenhower. Masters officials eulogized the tree at the start of last year’s tournament as if it was a deceased family member.

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From the Fringe: Will Masters Boast World’s Most Beautiful Parking Lot, Too?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:36 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:28

Billy PayneCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Owning what is arguably the most beautiful golf course in the world apparently isn’t enough for members of Augusta National. Soon they may lay claim to the world’s most beautiful parking lot, too.

Chairman Billy Payne hinted as much while fielding questions following his annual "State of the Masters" address.

The club recently bought a roughly 2-square-mile parcel of land just north of the golf course that has been used as a parking lot for the Masters. Berckman’s Road, which currently separates the two properties, will be diverted farther north to form one contiguous parcel.

“While it will continually be maintained every year as a parking lot, it will look appropriately as though it belongs inside the fences of Augusta National,” Payne said.

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A Return for Tiger, but not the Eisenhower Tree

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:29 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:22

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods felt right at home at Augusta National, a golf course he has been playing since 1995. He said he is fascinated that the course keeps making subtle changes, and yet it looks as though it hasn’t been touched.

There was one obvious change. He was just a year late in noticing because he didn’t play last year.

The Eisenhower Tree is no longer at No. 17, felled by an ice storm last year. Woods had back surgery a week before the Masters and had not been back since he played a pair of practice rounds last week.

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The Par-5 13th at Augusta: A Beauty Can Be a Real Beast

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:13 Monday, 06 April 2015 23:57

Jonas BlixtCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The beauty of the 13th hole at Augusta National goes beyond the estimated 1,600 azalea bushes that are bursting with blooms down the left side and behind the green of the best little par 5 in golf.

It is the ultimate risk-and-reward hole, pleasing to play until one mistake from the tee, from the fairway, even from the green.

Curtis Strange once hit into the tributary of Rae’s Creek in front of the green with a 4-wood. Twenty years later, Tiger Woods hit into the same creek with his putter.

Jeff Maggert once made a 2. Tommy Nakajima had a 13.

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