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How to be a ticket master

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Viewer's choice. You have two choices for overall strategy: Park your carcass and fill up on hot dogs, or follow your favorit

If you camp out... Tournament junkie Erik J. Barzeski, of thesandtrap.com, suggests settling near a par 3 for the hole-in-one potential. "Look for bowl-shaped greens on Sundays," he says. "If the pin is smack in the center, you'll see impossible shots go in!"

Shop smart. Hit the merchandise tent early for must-gets, but wait till the final hour for bargains. "At tournament's end, you can get nearly 75 percent off of what's left," Barzeski says.

Pack it in Make sure to bring sunscreen, lip balm, a hat, sunglasses, binoculars, water and a blanket. Dress in comfortable shoes and layers, because it could be 80 at high noon but 50 when the sun sets. Add rain gear and an umbrella if there's more than a 20 percent chance of showers. And check the tournament web site for items that may be restricted (cameras, phones, giant foam fingers).

If you walk... Tailing the big names is like running with the bulls." Follow Tiger or Phil and you'll just get trampled, and you won't see much unless you're tall," Barzeski says. Follow rising stars like Adam Scott and Trevor Immelman to actually witness the great shots.
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