If a player is willing to break the bank for a chance to play with a PGA pro, pro-ams are the way to go.
Just about every event on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour has a pro-am tournament. Depending on the event, an individual can shell out $4,000 to $10,000 for a spot.
The problem is that even the most well-heeled golfers aren't necessarily guaranteed a spot. The Heritage at Hilton Head's Harbour Town in South Carolina, for example, isn't played until April and usually sells out by February. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Open's pro-am at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz., was called off last year because of frost.
Before amateurs get visions of Augusta dancing through their heads, they should realize that the PGA Tour has some noteworthy exceptions when it comes to tournament pro-ams. The U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship and Masters don't have pro-am events, nor do the Players and Tour Championships.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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