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The Masters is one of the most important and beloved golf tournaments in the world. Most players would admit that winning the Green Jacket is the highest achievement in golf.

There are many reasons to love this tournament, and it all starts with the amazing golf course (click here for a bird’s eye view). Augusta National has a certain mystique about it, as even the richest and most prominent businessmen in the country can’t get on this course without a membership. Getting one of those memberships is even harder, and lately this has generated some controversy as women’s groups have ripped the club and its members for not having a female member.

The tournament is also the first major of the year and arrives at the beginning of spring, along with baseball and the Final Four. It’s a great time for sports, and The Masters is the ultimate showcase for professional golf.

In one of the more memorable Masters in recent years, Tiger Woods staged an unbelievable comeback before holding off a revived Chris DiMarco to take home his fourth career green jacket in 2005. Tiger's brilliant chip on 16, which hung on the lip of the cup for two seconds before dropping in for birdie, will go down as one of the best shots the tournament has ever seen, but it was seven-straight third-round birdies that set Tiger up for victory.

Woods has won three of the past seven Masters, but fell to Zach Johnson at Augusta in April of 2007. Johnson took control of the tournament on the back nine and quite frankly, did everything Tiger usually does in making clutch shots and letting others falter. Johnson's Masters victory was only his second career PGA Tour win.

In 2006, Phil Mickelson won his second title in just three years by beating South Africa's Tim Clark by two shots.

Informational Sites on the Masters

Masters.org
The official site for the Masters. Check out the brief history of Augusta here.

The Masters at Augusta.com
The Augusta Chronicle's Masters Tournament coverage and information including news, articles, player profiles, course information and photos can all be found at Augusta.com.

GolfWeb.com
Great site with excellent coverage of the tournament, its history and the golf course.

Encarta
Brief description and history of the golf tournament from this online encyclopedia.

About.com
Handy facts and trivia about the tournament, including past winners.

Battle for Female Members
The Battle continues for groups pushing to allow female members at the men’s only club. This site takes on Augusta National with their “Hall of Hypocrisy.” The controversy has died down a little since 2002 when this site was launched, though it will be interesting to see how much play it gets this year.

Travel Packages

EventMarketplace.com
Want to see the masters in style with your friends or clients? This site has some pretty cool high-end travel and ticket packages for the tournament.

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