On Thursday, April 7, the 2016 Masters Tournament will tee-off, celebrating its 80th anniversary at Augusta National Golf Club. The biggest storyline heading into the weekend is 22-year old favorite Jordan Spieth looking to defend his green jacket. Nobody has repeated at the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.
The rest of the top competition in this years Masters tournament includes Rory Mcllroy, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Bubba Watson has a chance to win his third jacket since 2012. The other big storyline is Tiger Woods, and whether or not he will be making his Masters return. There were early indications he would participate, but recent updates suggest a health issue may keep him off the course.
The Masters are known for having some of the most expensive ticket prices out of any sporting event in the world. It is only possible to acquire face value Masters tickets with an account through masters.com, where you then must be selected in a lottery with very few tickets in the pool. So few tickets are made available to the public that secondary market inventory is also very limited. Currently on Rukkus, the average Saturday ticket is $1,110.43 and the average Sunday ticket is $1,324.47.
Patron badges for the entire weekend exist and are the most coveted ticket in sports. These badges get passed down through families for generations as Augusta has only sold a select few in the past 50 years. The scarcity of Masters tickets makes attending The Masters a bucket-list item for many sports fans. Augusta National is also the most exclusive country club in the world. With only 300 members and a long list of rules including a cell phone ban, playing a round on the course is truly unique.