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SPORTS EXTRA / FOCUS ON GOLF: The Masters

Now You Know

April 08, 1999

The Masters was the first golf tournament to:

* Give spectators daily pairing sheets and a diagram of the course.

* Provide on-site parking for spectators.

* Schedule 72 holes over four days (traditionally, it was three days, with 36 holes played on the final day).

* Be played on terrain that routinely was reshaped to provide better sight lines for customers.

* Be covered live on nationwide radio.

* Provide bleachers for spectators.

* Rope off galleries and allow only players, caddies and officials inside the ropes.

* Have an on-course scoreboard network so spectators could keep track of the leaders.

* Use the over-and-under scoring system, in which the standing of players is represented not by cumulative total but by the number of strokes above or below par.

Source: "The Making of the Masters" by David Owen

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