Masters: Fans can apply for 2012 tickets now

Golf fans during a practice round prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Golf fans during a practice round prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Golf fans from around the world are now one step closer to being able to catch a round at Augusta National.

Beginning on Monday, fans can visit www.masters.com to submit an application for 2012 practice-round tickets, as well as a small number of daily tournament tickets, announced Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

“Moving the entire application process to our official tournament website is a safe and convenient way for those wishing to apply for daily practice-round tickets,” Payne said. “We are also pleased to provide a limited number of tickets for the individual tournament-round days, which, up until now, have only been allocated to our Series Badge holders.”

Daily tournament ticket applications must be submitted by June 30; practice round submissions are due by July 30.

The allocation is a random-selection process, and all applicants will be notified by e-mail within several weeks after the respective deadlines.

The maximum daily tournament allowance is two tickets for any one day and four for the practice round.

The existing process for Series Badge holders, who make up the majority of the Thursday-Sunday patrons currently, also will move to the web. The new process will be communicated to the holders later this year.

Practice-round tickets have been awarded via random selection since 1995, but only by mail.

The 2012 Masters is scheduled for April 2-8.

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