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Vendors Make Profit Showing off the Hottest Masters Tickets

Badge holders protect the hardest ticket to get in sports. Badge holders protect the hardest ticket to get in sports.

By: Jennifer Howell

Golf fans aren't the only ones flocking to the 2011 Masters Tournament in Augusta.  Vendors are making a profit by selling badge holders outside the Augusta National Club. 

Opening round at the Masters teed off Thursday, and patrons must display the hard-to-get Masters tickets at all times while they are on the course grounds.

"It's bucket list item, hardest ticket to get in sports," golf fan Greg Alibright said.

The badge holder sellers work on commission, they charge $5 for a holder and they get to keep $1 for each one sold.  The vendors work in groups outside the Augusta National and they are not allowed on the Augusta National property. 

"She called the cops," vendor Eric Blackmon said when course employees thought he was too close.

These "teams" are groups of vendors who all work for the same company. There are several companies with multiple teams selling at the tournament.

"There's really no team concept. It's pretty much cut throat out here," Blackmon said.

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