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100 things to do before you die: world sporting events

Thursday, August 24, 2006
21. Indianapolis 500, United States
One of the oldest and most prestigious car races in the world, the Indianapolis 500 is held on each May. The first Indy was run in 1911 but these days, 350,000 race lovers watch the cars screaming through 500 miles at the world's largest spectator sporting facility. It has been covered with asphalt throughout the years and eventually covered completely, except for a 36-inch strip which is the start/finish line. Thirty-three drivers all hope to be the one to finish first.

22. US Masters Golf, United States
Held in early spring in Augusta, Georgia, the US Masters is one of four major championships in men's professional golf and the first on the annual calendar. It attracts the world's elite golfers and the winner receives many privileges — automatic invitation to play in the other three majors for the next five years and a lifetime invitation to the Maters. They receive membership on the PGA Tour and the Players Championship for five seasons. They are all vying for the hallowed green winner's jacket. This year the $US7 million prize money was won by Phil Mickelson.

23. Wimbledon, England
The Championships, Wimbledon, is the oldest and most prestigious event in tennis. It is held every June and July in London, after the Australian and French Opens and before the US Open. It is played on grass courts and several tournaments are held simultaneously — Men's and Ladies' Singles, Men's and Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles. There are also youth tournaments, age-limited and wheelchair doubles. It's a time of royalty, strawberries and cream and fingers crossed for dry weather.

24. Baseball, United States
Even though it is played worldwide, there is nothing like sitting in the stadium of a major league baseball game in the United States. Games are played from coast to coast from April until October or November when the World Series is played. You don't need to understand all the rules to enjoy a game — just buy a hot dog and some beer and cheer along with the crowd.

25. Pro surfing
Professional surf tours for men and women cover the globe, with participants vying for the best waves and top prize money. Venues for the Association of Surfing Professionals competitions include Queensland's Gold Coast, Bells Beach in Victoria, Teahupoo in Tahiti, Tavarua Fiji, Mexico, Jeffreys Bay South Africa, Trestles in California, France's south-west coast, Mundaka in Spain, Florianopolis in Brazil and Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii.

26. The Ashes
When Australia and England compete against one another in absolutely anything, the heat is on. This is particularly true of the Ashes, one of the most heated rivalries in the game of cricket. The Ashes came about after a mock obituary in the late 1800s which stated that English cricket was dead and its ashes had been sent to Australia. It's on again in Australia in 2007, with matches being played in capital cities and selling fast. Oi Oi Oi.

For further information:

21. Australian Sports Tours Pty Ltd.
Ph: (03) 5332 6407, 1800 026 668
Fax: (03) 5332 6147

22. US Masters Golf

23. Wimbledon

24. American Baseball

25. Pro surfing

26. Cricket Tours

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