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Pros sharing their funniest ticket stories

2022 Masters

A ticket to the Masters is one of the most coveted tickets in all of sports. Few know better than Masters contestants, who are given eight badges for their family and are allowed to buy up to four more.

That’s when the fun begins – trying to divvy them up for the week to family and friends. Zach Johnson carries around a spread sheet in his wallet so he can keep track of it. Will Zalatoris is another Excel spreadsheet guy to manage his ticket requests. Brian Harman has his wife handle it.

“I told her at the beginning I’m trying to win this tournament, you’re in charge,” he said.

We asked pros to name their funniest Masters ticket story and from Paddy to Gary to Collin and beyond, they didn’t disappoint.

Brian Harman putts on the first green during the first round of the 2022 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Andrew Davis Tucker-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports)

My wife handles all that. I told her at the beginning I’m trying to win this tournament, you’re in charge so I always tell anyone who asks to text her.

2022 Masters Tournament

Collin Morikawa hits onto the green on no. 16 during a practice round of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

Last year I had two friends come in on Thursday night. I completely forgot to leave their tickets at Will Call. I was teeing off in five minutes and took one last look at my phone. The tickets were still in my bedroom in a backpack. I gave them the code to our rental, they had to drive there, find them and I didn’t see them until the 15th hole.

2023 Masters

Honorary starter Gary Player tees off during the first round of the 2023 Masters. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Network)

My church minister from South African, who was touring America, asked me for a ticket. I made the mistake of giving him my own badge. When he came to the gates, the security guards grabbed him to question how he obtained Gary Player’s badge. Fortunately, the chairman at the time, Bill Lane from Texas who was the ultimate gentleman, took care of the matter. 

2024 Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

Kevin Streelman hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 2024 Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches. (Photo: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

I don’t know if it is funny but it’s a cool one. I get picked up from Palm Springs by a really nice volunteer one year and we get to…


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