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April 09, 2013

Masters four-day badges sell for more than $13,000

Posted at 4:34 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: 2013 Masters, Augusta National, Masters

Tickers_2010_gettyTicket brokers on Washington Road in Augusta in 2010 (Getty Images).

We were shocked to read that Masters practice round tickets were selling for $1,000, but that's nothing compared to the price of a four-day badge, which are selling for more than $13,000, according to Bloomberg's Eben Novy-Williams.

Masters Tournament ticket prices are up 276 percent on the secondary market as Tiger Woods enters the tournament as the world’s top-rated golfer for the first time since 2010.

Four-day badges for the golf season’s first major tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia are listed for an average of $13,820 on the secondary market, according to ticket aggregator TiqIQ, up from $3,675 last year and more than double the average each of the past three Masters.

The cheapest available four-day badge, whose face value is $250, is listed at $12,200, according to the website.

The face value of a four-day pass to the Masters is just $200, easily the best bargain in professional sports. The catch is that the tickets aren’t available to the general public. The list of patrons who regularly receive applications for Series Badges, which grant Thursday-Sunday admittance, has been closed since 1971, according to tournament officials. A waiting list was then established, closed in 1978, re-opened briefly in 2000, and has now been exhausted. In 2011, Augusta National made a limited number of practice-round tickets available to the public via lottery.

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