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Masters 2013: Augusta remains unique, says Howard Clark

By Oli Burley - @SkySportsOli.   Last Updated: 10/04/13 1:15pm

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The wait for the 93 players involved in this year's Masters is almost over.

One man who knows what challenges await the field is Sky Sports' Howard Clark, who stepped out onto the lush Augusta fairways in 1987.

Howard will be part of our team bringing you coverage of all four days live and in high definition from April 11-15 - and you can watch the action across a range of platforms. To find out more click here...

Howard told us why there's nothing else quite like it in golf... So, Howard, what makes the Masters so unique?

Howard: The Masters is the only Major to be held at the same venue every year and has the smallest field of any of the Major events. The winner of the Tournament receives a lifetime Masters invitation. The Tournament is always preceded with a Par 3 event for all competitors to enter. The Masters Champion receives Honorary membership of Augusta which includes a locker for life in the champions only locker room. The previous year's winner hosts a dinner alongside previous champions at which he is asked to choose the menu. Special prizes are awarded for scoring achievements. The 'uniqueness' goes on. We are running a poll on to find the greatest Masters shot of all time. Which of the 10 options would you vote for?

Howard: In my opinion the most amazing shot would have to be Sandy Lyle's seven iron from sand on the 18th hole in 1988. He made it look easy, when in fact it was anything but. The lip of the bunker was going to catch anything that was struck a little thin; he had to fly the ball between the bunker short of the green and the top of the slope behind the flag. He had such a small area to land the ball in otherwise it was a par at best and a bogey more likely. All of this on the last hole whilst tied for the lead, incredible! The putt he holed afterwards wasn't bad either! Which Masters shot never gets the credit it deserves?

Howard: I honestly don't know of a shot that hasn't been given the credit it deserved, however, I do think Bob Goalby's win in the Masters of 1968 was over shadowed by the scoring mistake made by Roberto De Vicenzo. Roberto signed for a four at the 17th when in fact he had scored a three. It was a costly error that would dominate the proceedings. Much deliberation was taken but the committee decided a four had to stand because the player had signed his card and had handed it in. It cost De Vicenzo the chance of a play-off with Goalby to decide the champion. What was your favourite on-course moment of the 2012 tournament and what are you most looking forward to this year?

Howard: My favourite memory of 2012 was watching the second shot of the champion elect at the 10th hole. It was a shot of around 150 yards from a spot he wouldn't have been during any of his previous rounds at Augusta; it was a shot he probably had practiced but not under the circumstances he was in at that time. The execution was, as we know, just about perfect and within the hour he was wearing a Masters Green Blazer. I hope to witness more live golf of a similar quality this year. Finally, who is your player to watch at Augusta in 2013?

Howard: It's been eight years since Tiger won at Augusta, so, for me he is the one I would follow for every single shot. It may be a bit crowded trying to see him hit every drive, iron and putt but I think it would be worth it.

The Masters on Sky Sports

Sky Sports will show all four days of the Masters (April 11-15) live and in high definition, while there will also be special 3D coverage for certain portions of the event. Check out our Augusta microsite here for more details, as well as news, features, blogs, player profiles, and videos.

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