Which sporting event tops your bucket list?

Jordan Spieth, left, crosses over the Hogan Bridge with Rory McIlroy during the Masters. Photo / AP
Jordan Spieth, left, crosses over the Hogan Bridge with Rory McIlroy during the Masters. Photo / AP

The US Masters at Augusta often appears on the bucket list of sporting fans as an event to attend at least once in their life (Despite the fact it costs around NZ$2000 for a day pass).

We asked a number of NZME sports reporters which event would be on their own bucket list:

Wynne Gray - The Crucible
One ticket to the Crucible to see the final of the World Snooker Championship would be gold. Even better if Ronnie O'Sullivan was cueing it up.

Chris Rattue - US Tennis Open
For starters, it is held in New York - far and away my favourite city in the world. New York was everything I had hoped it would be and much more when we finally made it there a couple of years ago. The thought of watching the best of tennis on a balmy evening in that amazing city is hard to beat and I've always found the tournament so enticing via the TV coverage. Climate is an issue but the sweltering mid-year New York temperatures do start to ease through September.

Rain is not unknown but whatever the weather, New York is a star. Tennis will always throw up amazing encounters even if the Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal/Novak Djokovic era is coming to an end.

Cameron McMillan - Super Bowl
The biggest sporting event on the American calendar. Just to be in attendance for one would be a dream come true - even if it's two teams I have no rooting interest in. You know the Americans don't do things by halves when it comes to big events and even if the tickets were at the back of the stadium, it would still be worth it just to soak up the atmosphere. Maybe not Super Bowl LII though. I have no interest in heading to Minneapolis in February (unless Prince in the halftime show again).

Steven Holloway - 2016 Champions League Final at the San Siro
As an Auckland based footy fan, I get to watch approximately two live games of professional football a year - of A-League quality. So the thought of watching Messi, Neymar and Suarez play together live (because lets face it, Barca are going to the final this year) is as exciting as it is incomprehensible . Watching Messi in his prime is bucket-list material and this year's Champs League final, at the great San Siro Stadium in Italy, is a stage worthy of his greatness.

David Leggat: French Open tennis
Okay primarily because it's in Paris. And it's in spring. Tough combination to beat.

Patrick McKendry: Three weeks on the Tour de France
For drama, chaos, in-fighting and epic feats of human suffering it's hard to go past the Tour de France. For three weeks in the French summer - starting this year in the beautiful sea-side fortification of Mont Saint Michel on July 2 - it's all about the bike and in particular the finest carbon fibre machines known to man. It's also about an ever-changing landscape, coffee, croissants and the occasional cold beer (for the press anyway).

This year the 103rd Tour will be made up of 21 stages and will cover 3,519km. Included is a climb of the famous Mont Ventoux, and a visit to Switzerland, so add beautiful chocolate to the above list. In 2008 I was lucky enough to see the tour roll through a couple of villages in the south of France, and got a glimpse of Kiwi Julian Dean and his black and white national champion kit. Another, longer, visit would be most welcome sil vous plait.

Matt Brown - Anfield
As a lifelong Liverpool Football Club fan, it's got to be tickets on the Kop at Anfield for a match against Manchester United or the Merseyside derby against Everton.

No stadium generates a better atmosphere than Anfield when the club anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is sung.

Trevor McKewen - Billabong Pro at Teahupoo
If there's a modern day gladiatorial arena of man versus nature, it has to the Billabong Pro surfing content held annually at the treacherous Tahitian break of Teahupoo. If you can snare a seat on a spectator boat, you sit in the channel only metres away from some of the most powerful and frightening waves in the world. Unlike watching a surf contest from the beach, you are staring straight into the jaws of one of Mother Nature's most awe-inspiring creations watching the world's best surfers attempting to defy fear, gravity and a seething wall of water the size of a double storey building. And then if they make the wave, they whiz past you as the wave's spray drenches you. Where else can you sit so close to premier sporting action?

- NZ Herald

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