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Entertainment media prepared to open up shop outside Augusta National

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It’s a tradition unlike any other, but this year it’s going to have a twist. A big media twist, to be exact. After Tiger Woods announced he’d be returning to the golf world at the Masters, most media markets frantically tried to find a way to get their name on the credential list for the tournament. We all know what happened next. They got stonewalled with their media request.

Even still, the like of TMZ and Extra had to find another way to “report” (I use that term loosely) from the site of Woods’ first tournament. The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that both entertainment news groups have already placed calls to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office looking for information on the tournament.

“I told them they can get wherever they can get,” Powell told the Augusta Chronicle. He told the paper that he does not expect the extra media to cause any security problems. “I think they will be here but I don’t think it will be that bad.”

We’ll see about that. I know Augusta has security measures ‘unlike any other’ (sorry, I had to use the famed line once again), but that doesn’t mean TMZ or Extra won’t try to find a way into the event. Groups like TMZ are known for pushing the limits, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t try something this time around.

Contrary to what Office Powell thinks, I’ve got a sinking feeling that this tournament will be a media zoo — even if some of those media crews are outside the gates.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/25/2010 at 7:41 pm

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