Thursday, April 5, 2012

5 Things You May Not Know About the Masters

1. The green jacket is the universally known symbol for victory at The Masters, but there are other lesser known awards as well. The winner also receives a replica of The Masters permanent trophy and a gold medal. Other awards include a silver medal and silver salver to the runner-up, a crystal vase for each day's low score, a large crystal bowl for a hole-in-one, a pair of crystal goblets for an eagle and a large crystal bowl for a double eagle.

2. Concession prices are lower than any other major American sports event. Even though prices went up about 50 cents this year, you still think you're wandering around in the 1970s when you step up to a concession stand. Sandwiches range in price from $1.50 to $3 and you can get a beer for $3. The Masters' sandwiches include the famous pimento cheese, egg salad, chicken breast, ham and cheese on rye, turkey and cheese on wheat and tuna salad.

3. Former champions have a separate locker room. It has lockers with nameplates of golf icons like Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus and is brimming with memorabilia from past Masters.

4. Architect Alister Mackenzie, designer of Augusta National, died before he ever saw the planted and completed course. Some of Mackenzie's most celebrated designs include Cypress Point on the Monterey Peninsula in California, Royal Melbourne in Australia and Lahinch in Ireland.

5. Many of the the amenities we take for granted at PGA Tour tournaments first appeared at the Masters such as daily pairing sheets, rope galleries and spectator bleachers.

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