The 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club
The first full week of every April, golf’s elite descend on Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia for golf’s first major event of the year, the Masters Tournament. Use this Web guide to learn the history and traditions of the Masters, discover the best sources for news and analysis, and find out how you can watch the tournament at home or in Augusta.
The Masters Tournament began in 1934 as the Augusta National Invitational Tournament, as cofounder Bobby Jones rejected the name “Masters” as being too presumptuous. He eventually relented, and since then the Masters has lived up to its name, providing outstanding golf and memorable performances throughout its history.
For general information …
is the official site of the Masters Tournament, featuring news, live hole-by-hole scoring and profiles of each hole
. The “History
” section includes year-by-year tournament results and all-time records.
For history and traditions of the Masters …
The Augusta Chronicle
features a large collection of photographs from the long history of the Masters. It also has related articles from the newspaper’s archive, including diaries written by past champions.
has a brief account of the Masters’ history.
describes the Masters Tournament’s 18 greatest traditions.
Every sports source covers Tiger Woods, but if you want to know about players like 2008 winner Trevor Immelman before they don the famous green jacket, you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Find news and analysis on every contender and every shot from the golf Web sites and newspapers in this section.
is a Sports Illustrated-produced Web site, featuring a massive stable of writers providing analysis of the PGA Tour. Its Guide to the Masters
takes a look back at great Masters Tournaments of the past via the SI Vault
and an interactive map of the course.
is a magazine produced by Golf Digest in association with ESPN. It includes analysis from four columnists and a staff blog, “Local Knowledge
lacks the depth of Golf.com or GolfWorld, but it provides good coverage of the Masters due to CBS’s television contract for the event.
covers the Masters with a focus on European and international players. It features news stories, commentary and a good audio/video section that has many interviews with European Tour players.
The Augusta Chronicle
presents a Web site dedicated to the 2009 Masters, with news and commentary from the newspaper. It also includes player profiles and photos of the players and fans.
There are many golf blogs that provide quality insight into the Masters.
is the top-ranked golf blog on the Web, covering a wide range of golf topics with multiple daily updates. Use the search box or the Golfblogger Categories box for sections on the PGA Tour
and the Masters
, and wade through the wealth of posts.
The Armchair Golf Blog
has an interviews with former champion Zach Johnson and journalist Art Spander, as well as a free 44-page guide to the Masters.
The Sand Trap
is written by a collection of amateur golfers who analyze the sport with light, irreverent humor. It includes a podcast
that tapes every week or two.
You don’t need to be a part of the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club to enjoy watching the Masters. This section can help you follow the action whether you’re in the gallery at Augusta National or sitting in your living room.
- ESPN will broadcast the tournament on Thursday and Friday, while CBS will cover the action Saturday and Sunday. Masters.org has the full television schedule.
To watch online …
is offering live, streaming video of the Masters. It includes content that you won’t find on TV, like nonstop video of Amen Corner (Holes 11, 12, and 13) and Holes 15 and 16, plus historical and daily tournament highlights. Sign up to receive an e-mail alert when Masters Live becomes available.
For ticket information …
explains “How to Get Masters Tickets,” which are notoriously hard to snag. Augusta National doesn’t make them available to the public, so the best way to find them is through online ticket brokers. Links to the most reliable brokers can be found in the Buying Sports Tickets Online section of the findingDulcinea Sports Web Guide
For information about attending the tournament …
The Augusta Chronicle
has a guide to Augusta’s nightlife, attractions and hidden treasures. It also includes hotel recommendations, tips on getting around and photos of past tournaments.
explains its policies for visitors, including information about prohibited items, course facilities and general patron behavior. There are also links for finding accommodations and directions to Augusta National
The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
has information regarding accommodations, dining, shopping and other attractions in the Augusta area. It also features an interactive map that makes it easy to find points of interest.
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