Despite having not won a major since the 2008 US Open, Tiger Woods at 5-1 is the current favorite to don the green jacket at the 2013 Masters taking place on April 11-14. Tiger has not won The Masters in nearly a decade, his play at Augusta National last resulting in an emerald enrobing back in 2005. One could easily make the case that Tiger is the favorite for the same reason that The Masters tickets for this year’s Tournament have risen through the roof. Simply put, he commands money. But even though Tiger has not been able to capture his elusive 15th major, he has still fared quite well at the Masters after his divorce from ex-wife Elin Nordegren, having placed in the top 6 in 6 of the 7 years since his last Masters victory. With Tiger already shooting a 14-under en route to victory in the Farmers Insurance Open, his only tour event of the year so far, perhaps the Tiger favoritism is not as misplaced this year as it has been in years past.
Compounding Tiger’s resurgence is the fact that Augusta National is golf’s most storied course, and The Masters its most storied event. Naturally, The Masters commands a ticket price premium over other events. For example, the average single day passes for this year’s US Open range from $182 to $295 dollars, depending on the day. The PGA Championship checks in between $203 and $234. Comparatively, the cheapest day to attend The Masters is oddly enough Sunday, at an average price of $1,094 dollars.
Even The Masters’ practice rounds outpace other majors in terms of admission price. According to TiqIQ, the average ticket to Monday’s practice round is the least expensive, at a price of $384. For Tuesday’s, the average admission receives a bump to $502. On Wednesday, which involves a Par-3 competition, the average price skyrockets all the way to $897 dollars—roughly the same price of a four day pass to the PGA Championship. Seeing as the practice rounds are general admission, the very cheapest tickets to each of the practice rounds currently available on the secondary market are not far off the average prices, at $327, $446, and $798 dollars, respectively.
For the tournament itself, Thursday is the priciest day for masters badges, at an average of $1,396 dollars and a get-in price of $1,138. Friday is less expensive, at $1,206/$1,028. After the cut, prices bounce back on Saturday, checking in at an average of $1,243 with a get-in of $1,051.
If you’re totally price sensitive and unashamed to walk the hallowed grounds of Augusta despite your clear lack of belonging, your best bet is to catch some final round action. Sunday’s average price of $1,094 dollars and get-in figure of $977 are currently the lowest respective figures of the event for masters badges. If this year’s tournament is anything like last year’s, which ended in a playoff victory for Bubba Watson over Louis Oosthuizen, you’ll even get to see some extra golf for your buck.
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