The week of he Masters is my favorite of the entire year. It's spring. I get the itch to play golf, and the greatest golf tournament of the year takes over the sports news. It's the week when I see constant replays of Jack Nicklaus at the age of 46 winning the Masters in 1986. I get to watch Tiger hole out the most incredible shot from off the 16th green in the 2005 tournament. And, unfortunately for Greg Norman, there is always a replay of his loss in 1987 to Larry Mize and meltdown that cost him a six stroke lead and eventual loss to Nick Faldo in 1996.
When it comes to the game of golf I have been fortunate enough to have made a hole-in-one twice, play golf at Pebble Beach and attend a US Open and PGA Championsip. But if there's a number one on my bucket list it would have to be attending the Masters.
The most coveted ticket in sports is selling for anywhere from $1500-2000 or more on Stubhub this week. If I am ever going to see the Masters in person I will have to get tickets the hard way, by being selected in their ticket lottery. I took the first step this week by creating an account with the Masters. The e-mail I received read:
Thank you for your interest in The Masters tournament...As a reminder, an email will be sent to you when the 2014 Ticket Application becomes available. At that time you will need to sign in to your account with your email and password and complete your ticket application for 2014 random selection.
The odds are not good. I couldn't find any information on how many tickets are available and how many people apply each year. The odds of making a hole-in-one in golf are about 12 thousand to 1. The Odds of winning the POWERBALL jackpot are one in 175 million. And, the chance I will be stuck by lightning are one in 700 thousand. I have beaten the odds on a hole-in-one. I just hope I don't get struck by lighting before I beat the odds for Masters tickets. Of course winning the POWERBALL jackpot would take care of everything.