The Masters is one of the quirkiest events in sports with rules and traditions not seen anywhere else

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  • The Masters is one of the best sports events in the world.
  • Some of what makes the Masters so great is the quirky traditions found only at Augusta National.
  • From cheap food to strict rules and a bizarre lack of animals, it is a tradition unlike any other.
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Food prices are ridiculously low.

Masters food

Read more: Food at the Masters is so cheap, you could order one of everything, and it would only cost $56.50

Tipping is banned.

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Source: NYT

Cell phones are prohibited at all times and cameras are not permitted during the tournament.

Rickie Fowler at the Masters

Read more: The Masters has strict rules not seen anywhere else in sports. Here are the things that can get you thrown out or even arrested.

It’s one of the only places in the U.S. where there are long lines for payphones.

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There’s a huge fence around the course to keep out animals. There has been one deer sighting in the last 65 years and visitors often talk of never seeing a single squirrel.

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Source: NYT

Birds are also mysteriously rarely seen at Augusta National. Bird sounds are heard during the television broadcasts, but there is a rumor that those sounds are artificial.

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“Also, there are no birds, squirrels, insects or any other living creature indigenous to planet earth at the Masters. Nowhere on the property. Well, okay, there must be some somewhere. But the Post’s Dave Sheinin and I made a multi-day quest for a single bird sighting. So far, none. Those bird calls that you sometimes hear on the Masters broadcast? The source remains undiscovered.” — Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

The lakes are also reportedly artificially enhanced to look immaculate on TV. Golf Digest tested the water on one hole in 1996 and found food dye.

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Source: Golf Digest

But like many golf courses, there is good fishing at Augusta National. The players, though, don’t like to talk about it because it is forbidden.

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In 2011, Monte Burke of Forbes interviewed golfers about the best fishing spots on the PGA Tour. When Augusta was brought up, he described their responses as “squeamish” and they only admitted to hearing there were some good spots.

A former caddie was willing to tell Burke that the best spots are the creek in front of the 12th hole (“full of bream”; seen above) and the pond at the 16th hole (“brimming with bass”).

Only 4 minutes of commercials per hour are allowed during the broadcast.

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Source: ESPN

TV commentators are not allowed to refer to fans as “fans” or “spectators.” They are to be called “patrons.” In fact, weekly passes to the Masters are called “patron badges.”

Masters patrons with badges on their hats

The rough is also to be referred to as the “second cut.”

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Source: The Age

The Masters banned CBS broadcaster Gary McCord in 1995 for saying, “They don’t cut the greens here at Augusta, they use bikini wax.”

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Source: SI

Players had to use local caddies provided by Augusta until 1983. Players still must use local caddies if they play at Augusta outside of Masters week.

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Source: ESPN

Players are allowed to use their own caddies now, but they have to wear the Augusta uniform – green hat, white jumpsuit.

Russell Henley

Fans … oops, we mean patrons … patrons aren’t allowed to wear their hats backwards.

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Source: NYT

Patrons can bring collapsible chairs to sit on, but those chairs are not allowed to have armrests.

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Source: Augusta.com

Running is not allowed, unless you are a player.

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Grounds crew members used to wear hard hats.

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The course used cows as lawnmowers in the 1940s.

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A close-up picture of the fairways at Augusta.

Augusta is its own universe with a tenuous connection to the outside world (see: all the ridiculous anecdotes in this slideshow).

But WWII affected Augusta just like it did the rest of the country. During the war, Augusta didn’t have the manpower to maintain the course, so they set 200 cattle loose on the grounds in hopes that they would “trim” the grass by eating it.

There is an odd myth that the grounds crew at Augusta packs the azalea plants with ice if spring comes early. The idea is that this will keep the plants from flowering too soon before the tournament.

Jordan Spieth at the Masters

Read more: This year’s Masters may help disprove a bizarre conspiracy theory about the tournament and its flowers

There is a house located in the middle of the Augusta National parking lot because the owners refuse to sell it. The family has reportedly turned down “millions.”

Augusta House Skitch

Read more: A family keeps turning down millions for their house next to the Masters golf course

You can’t apply to become a member at Augusta and nobody outside of Augusta knows how many members there are.

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It’s nearly impossible to become a member at Augusta.

You have to be be nominated by a current Augusta member, and new initiations generally aren’t accepted unless someone quits or dies. The total membership hovers around 300.

Source: Augusta.com

Augusta is closed in the summer to keep the course in pristine shape.

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Even the press conference podium is immaculate.

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Golfers must return their green jacket to Augusta National one year after winning the Masters. After that, their jacket can only be worn when they are at Augusta National.

Sergio Garcia

Also, if a player wins more than one Masters, he does not receive a second green jacket unless his size changes considerably.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

Read more: Sergio Garcia does not get to keep his green jacket for winning the Masters, but he does get a replica trophy

There is no set field size for the Masters. Therefore, past winners who get a lifetime invitation to competing in the Masters are not taking spots from younger, more deserving players.

Bernhard Langer

Read more: How to qualify for the Masters, the world’s most prestigious golf tournament

Players are given brand new Mercedes for use during the week.

Mercedes at the Masters

Golf cart drivers who are hired to drive the players around Augusta National also pick up the golfers at the airport in the Mercedes they will be using. The cars also have a number in the back window so that employees can always identify the players by which car they are in.

Read more: What it’s like to drive Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and other pro golfers around at the Masters, according to one woman who did it

Tickets are dirt cheap; only $375 for a patron badge that grants you access to the entire week. But getting one is a lot like Green Bay Packers season tickets. There is a waiting list and it has been closed since 2000. A limited number of single-day tickets are sold via lottery each year. Those are $115 for the tournament rounds and $75 for practice rounds.

Masters Patron Badges

Read more: How to get tickets to the Masters, one of the most exclusive sporting events in the world

You can go to jail for selling tickets.

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Twenty-four people were arrested outside Augusta in 2012 for trying to scalp tickets.

The course is insane about who it lets into the tournament and it’s illegal to sell tickets within 2,700 feet of the gates.

You can also go to jail for trying to take sand home as a souvenir.

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In 2012, Clayton Baker made headlines when he made a quick run to a bunker to get some sand to take home. He was quickly arrested and thrown in jail. The charges were ultimately dropped, but he says the incident cost him $20,000 and led to depression because of how he was treated. 

Read more: A man who was arrested for taking sand from the Masters recounted how it cost him $20,000 and left him ‘seriously depressed’

Meanwhile, those bunkers at Augusta are filled with mining waste.

Jordan Spieth

You know those pristine white bunkers?

They’re actually composed of waste product from the mining of aluminum, according to Golf.com

Basically, a company that mines feldspar (rocks) for aluminum has a process that produces waste in the form of really bright, pure quartz — that’s what Augusta uses.

You can only ask for autographs in one part of the course.

Jordan Spieth at the Masters

Fans always line the ropes at big tournaments in hopes of getting a signature. But this is tougher to do at Augusta.

You can only try and solicit an autograph on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse, near the practice facilities.

The old media center was enormous.

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Augusta opened a new media center in 2017 and it is gorgeous.

Masters Media Center

The new pro shop is unlike any other in sports. It is the only place to buy Masters gear, and they offer 125 different styles of caps.

Masters pro shop hallway

Read more: The Masters’ new pro shop at Augusta National will make any golf fan drool

Now check out what the biggest stars at the Masters used to look like.

Rory McIlroy

Photos show what golf’s biggest stars looked like when their careers started

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26 examples of Tiger Woods’ extraordinary competitiveness

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Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods is one of the most fiercely competitive golfers in the world.

However, after his recent car accident, many are wondering if he will ever be able to play golf again. One form pro golfer who is now an orthopedic surgeon is optimistic that Woods can compete again, although he does have a long recovery ahead of him.

What we do know is that if anybody can overcome his injuries to return to the PGA Tour, it is Tiger Woods as nobody is more competitive. Relive some of the greatest examples of Woods’ competitiveness below:

When Woods was 14 he said he could be the Michael Jordan of golf.

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Source: Golf.com

He has practiced before and after competitive rounds: He was spotted playing in the dark at the 2011 PGA Championship.

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Source: Nike Golf

He used to have a crazy, non-stop daily routine.

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Woods recently revealed what his daily routine was when he was younger:

I used to get up in the morning, run four miles. Then I’d go to the gym, do my lift. Then I’d hit balls for two to three hours, I’d go play, come back, work on my short game, I’d go run another four more miles, and then if anyone wanted to play basketball or tennis, I would go play basketball or tennis. That was a daily routine. I’m not doing any of that now.”

According to his former trainer, Hank Haney, Tiger’s marathon training days would last for 13 hours.

Tiger Woods

Read more: Tiger Woods’ former trainer says Tiger used to have a laborious training schedule that included 13 hours of practice

He’s so obsessed with working out – he even does it in the middle of the night.

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Rory McIlroy said he used to receive texts from Tiger at 4 am saying he couldn’t sleep, so he would go lift.

Read more: Rory McIlroy says Tiger Woods texts him in the middle of the night from the gym because he can’t sleep

His former coach claims that he injured himself doing insane, Olympic-style weightlifting exercises to get stronger.

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Source: ESPN

He played with a broken leg and torn ACL at the 2008 US Open and won.

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Source: ESPN

Prior to the 2019 PGA Championship, Tiger was asked about John Daly getting permission to use a cart. Tiger grinned and referred back to that U.S. Open win, saying, “as far as J.D. taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg.”

Tiger Woods

Woods was not known be very friendly on the golf course during his prime, making plenty of rivals throughout his career.

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He once fired an iconic death stare at his ex-caddie Steve Williams after their messy breakup.

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Phil Mickelson has been one of Tiger’s top rivals, though it appears the two are now friendlier than ever.

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When Woods and Mickelson played a practice round together before the 2018 Masters, it was so surreal that McIlroy actually told Tiger, “I never thought I’d see the day: Tiger and Phil playing a practice round at Augusta.”

Of course, he still had to have some fun afterward, saying Mickelson’s button-down golf shirt was missing a tie.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Read more: Phil Mickelson’s button-down shirt raised eyebrows during a Masters practice round with Tiger Woods

Though he has rivalries, he also sends tough love toward other golfers. He once gave McIlroy some odd motivation before a tournament.

Tiger Woods Rory McIlroy

From McIlroy:

“He told me to get my finger out of my a** and win this week.”

Source: Jason Sobel/ESPN

Tiger hates losing – in all sports.

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Tiger’s caddie Joe LaCava said he once beat Tiger nine times in a row at HORSE, and Tiger wouldn’t talk to him the rest of the day.

Source: Golf.com

He refuses to give an edge in any competition, even ping pong.

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Jack Nicklaus recently told a story about watching Tiger and Mickelson play ping pong. When Mickelson won a round after switching sides, Tiger refused to keep playing.

“Phil says, ‘Hey Tiger, how about a game of ping pong?’ ‘Sure, let’s play.’ So Tiger plays, and Tiger wins the first game. They play another one, Tiger wins the second game.

“Phil says ‘I’ve got this buffet behind me… let’s switch ends.’ They switch ends, Phil wins.

“Phil says ‘OK, come on Tiger, let’s play one more.’

“Tiger says ‘Phil, two to one.’ And he never played him again the rest of the week.”

Source: For the Win

He doesn’t take it easy on anyone, including his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. She said he won every time they played ping pong or tennis.

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Source: USA Today

He felt guilty about using an air tank while spearfishing, so he learned to free dive without one.

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Source: OC Register

He loves a good challenge.

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Pro golfer Maverick McNealy told a story about Tiger accepting a challenge to hit a building in a canyon with a golf ball. He did it in two tries, then did it again.

“Tiger hits one. And he’s like, ‘Oh, it’s about 10 yards right.’ My dad said, ‘Yeah, 50 yards short of anything.’ And he had a little house, a little roof, way down there [in the canyon]. And Tiger was like, ‘Give me another ball.’ So he gets another ball, tees it up, hits it and says, ‘That’s right on it.’

And it’s a dead quiet, dead still evening. And the ball’s going, going, going. Then I hear, bam! Right off the roof. And so we all run inside, giggling and laughing. The roof had to have been 400 yards out there and 50 feet, maybe more, dropped down into a canyon valley. And Tiger says, ‘Oh, I’m going to do that again.’ So he gets out, puts another ball down, rips it. And bam! Rips it off the roof again. We said, ‘OK, we’re done. We’re done.'”

Source: Golf.com

He changed his swing in 2002 after winning eight majors because it wasn’t perfect enough.

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Source: Time

He has since changed his swing several times, leading to some criticism from those in the golf world.

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Read more: Golf analyst says Tiger Woods has wrecked his career by changing his swing

He loved the military, so he reportedly tried to join the Navy SEALs.

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In his book, “The Big Miss,” ex-coach Hank Haney claimed that Tiger was obsessed with the military.

Not only did he go on six excursions at Navy SEAL “kill houses,” he seriously considering trying to join the SEALs before his agent talked him out of it.

In 2000 he took a gamble and switched to a solid-core ball that no one else was using. Two years later, the entire tour was using it.

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In the 12 months after he changed balls, he won nine tournaments and all four majors.

He doesn’t joke around on the course.

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From Robert Lusetich at Fox Sports:

Once, at the Masters, when Mickelson watched his rival [Tiger] hit a three-wood past his driver, he asked Woods if he always hit fairway woods so far.

“No,” said Woods, pulling his tee from the ground before marching down the fairway, “Sometimes further.”

Source: Fox Sports

His numerous comebacks from injuries prove how hard-working he is.

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Upon returning to golf in 2015 after an injury, Woods said:

“Competing is still the same. I’m trying to beat everybody out there. That hasn’t changed. I prepare to win and expect to go and do that… The only difference is that I won the Masters when Jordan [Spieth] was still in diapers.”

At the 2019 Masters, where Tiger won his 15th major and proved he was finally back, reportedly cursed himself out in a bathroom in private after 2 straight bogeys. He then rebounded to win the green jacket.

Tiger Woods

Read more: Tiger Woods reportedly cursed himself out in a bathroom in private after 2 straight bogeys, then rebounded to win the Masters with some simple advice from his caddie

This quote about why he plays golf sums it up.

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Source: Golf Channel

Now check out how Tiger lives his life off the course.

Tiger Woods

Here’s how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course

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Here is what we know about the Genesis GV80 that Tiger Woods was driving when he crashed

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2021 Genesis GV80.

  • The interior of the Genesis GV80 helped cushion Tiger Woods during the crash, according to the LA County Sheriff.
  • Genesis is the sponsor of the PGA Tour tournament Woods was hosting last week.
  • Car and Driver gave the vehicle a rating of 10/10.
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Tiger Woods remains hospitalized in Los Angeles with injuries he sustained in a rollover car crash this week, an accident the LA County Sheriff’s Office said could have been worse if the golfer hadn’t been cushioned by his SUV’s interior.

Woods was driving a Genesis GV80, the brand’s first SUV. Genesis is a luxury brand sold by Korean automaker Hyundai. 

During Tuesday’s crash, the vehicle’s front end and and bumpers were destroyed, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference. But the interior of the car was not severely damaged, helping Woods survive, Villanueva said. 

“The interior of the vehicle was more or less intact which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would’ve been a fatal crash,” Villanueva said.

Genesis is the sponsor of the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour tournament that Woods was hosting at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

The company didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment. But, Genesis Motor North America CEO Mark Del Rosso said in a statement Tuesday he was “heartbroken to hear that Tiger was in an accident this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Some of the GV80’s safety features include an omnidirectional anti-collision technology that analyzes driving conditions as they occur, according to the Genesis GV80 website.

Additionally, a 10-Airbag System is installed that includes “a center airbag between the two front seats, to help prevent collisions between passengers and subsequent impact injuries,” it said.

The GV80 is also equipped with a blind-spot collision avoidance technology that evasively steers the car to safety to avoid a collision in case the drive is changing lanes or when another vehicle is changing lanes and is approaching towards the car’s rear, the company said on its website. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t released crash-test results or overall safety ratings for the GV80. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Wednesday on Twitter that the GV80 is currently being tested and results should be announced next month.

The vehicle has a starting price of $48,500 for entry level models. The premier 3.5T Prestige model is priced at over $70,000. 

The 2021 GV80 received strong reviews from Car and Driver, with a 10/10 rating. “With a sumptuously appointed and whisper-quiet cabin, the 2021 GV80 is exactly the flagship SUV the Genesis brand needs to be taken seriously by American consumers,” the magazine wrote. 

The GV80 is the fourth Genesis model after Hyundai decided to separate the luxury Genesis models from its high-end car models.

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Tiger Woods ‘lucky to be alive,’ police say, after breaking his legs in a Tuesday morning crash

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Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. Rescuers used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate him from the car where he reportedly sustained major leg injuries. Law enforcement reports that there was no evidence of impairment. He was in town to participate in The Genesis Invitational golf tournament.

  • Tiger Woods is “lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.
  • Woods suffered two broken legs after a car crash Tuesday morning.
  • Firefighters found Woods conscious and stable, Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.
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Tiger Woods was conscious when firefighters pulled him from an overturned vehicle on Tuesday, in stable condition but with “a very serious injury,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.

Though his condition was bad, “he wasn’t so serious that he needed to be transported to the nearest hospital for immediate life-saving treatment,” Osby said.

Woods is currently being treated at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery after suffering two broken legs.

The renowned golfer is “lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Tuesday.

Villanueva declined to speculate on the cause of the single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in the wealthy neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes. He did say, however, “there was no evidence of impairment.”

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