Some Masters patrons come only to shop

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

If you can believe it...some people go to the Masters and don't even watch one player hit a ball.

It's one of the most majestic golf tournaments in the world. And while most people come to the Masters to watch the golf, there are those who come for the shopping.

"I got one of the Masters cups," says shopper Megan Partridge.

"These are the new ones, the wind shirts," says shopper Virginia Turner.

The excitement of the Masters catch.

So for these ladies, is it more fun to watch the golf or is it more fun to go shopping?

"I like the shopping," Partridge said.

"I like the shopping too, and watching people," said shopper Janet Ford.

It's rare to see someone leaving the course without a bag from the gift shop.

But for ladies like Virginia Turner, one isn't enough.

"Some of it's going to Pittsburgh, some of it's going to New Jersey and most of it's staying with me," she says of the many bags she's carrying.

It's a 12-year tradition for Turner: no golf, just shopping.

"I come in. I run in. I shop and I get out," she says.

And all this gear adds up.

"I got out cheap actually, a thousand," Turner says. "So that's good. Usually it's about $1500 to $2000 every year."

There are lots of souvenirs to buy at the National. But the $1.50 pimiento cheese sandwich is still the cheapest.


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