If you’re as into the Masters as we are here at NG Nation, you’ll want to keep your eye on the coverage from Augusta National all week long. A great way to do that is on the web at Masters.com, where not surprisingly you’ll find a world-class web site put together by a world-class golf club. Featuring a great short video intro that changes for each new site visit, the site also has a great video bar at the bottom of each page with the last 30 video clips, making it easy to get to the latest videos from the Masters. The site has full tournament information, including patron information, tournament schedule, info on the Par 3 contest, live leaderboard, tournament stats and a bunch of live coverage that will become active once play begins on Thursday (some coverage will be available during the Par 3 contest on Wednesday). It also includes player and pairings info, a full news section and comprehensive information about the course, including info about and photos of each hole, as well as the famous landmarks around the course.
One of my favorite sections is the “Discover” section, which includes a very cool interactive timeline with pertinent dates, and great photos and graphics related to the history of the Masters. It also includes an “About The Masters” section with information about the founders, tournament history, photos and information about the various awards and trophies awarded at the Masters, and information about the Masters Tournament Foundation. Rounding out the Discover section is a “Shop the Masters” area (which includes links to the tournament apps and the publications and imagery online store), a complete past winners and results section for every year of the tournament from 1934 to the present, and comprehensive information on a variety of tournament records and stats.
One of the more important additions to the site this year is the introduction of online ticketing for the Masters. All ticketing has been moved online to masters.com, and now patrons can apply online for practice round tickets (applications by mail are no longer accepted), as well as a limited number of tournament tickets, significant because tournament tickets have not been available to the general public since 1975. So now you have a chance at the what is known as the toughest ticket in professional sports, a ticket to a Masters tournament round. You can submit your application for Masters practice round and tournament tickets here.
Masters.com is a terrific web site, and the Masters app is just as great. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android, the Masters app lets you take a lot of of the great information from masters.com with you on the go. The app contains most of the great features from the full site including news, photos and video, live leaderboard, players and pairing info, course info and much more. Heck, Damian was so impressed with it he used it for his Masters Round 1 pairings post.
So if you want to make the most of your Masters experience this year, even if you are watching the tournament on TV, check into Masters.com for additional features and coverage. And if for some crazy reason you have to leave your TV this weekend, the Masters app will keep you up to date when you are on the road.