Masters Tournament Ticket Prices Rise 30% to $325 for Four DaysMichael Buteau
It’s going to cost more to watch Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and friends next year in Augusta, Georgia.
The Masters Tournament raised prices for a four-day ticket to the 2015 event to $325 from $250, a 30 percent increase and the first price jump since 2011.
The 2015 Masters, the first of golf’s four annual Grand Slam events, will probably draw additional attention as McIlroy, winner of last year’s British Open and PGA Championship as well as the 2011 U.S. Open, seeks to complete the career Grand Slam with a Masters win.
“Every two to three years the tickets go up,” said Larry Elia, 44, of Tega Cay, South Carolina. Elia has held two tickets since 2001 and didn’t object when he learned of the increase in an e-mail from the club two days ago. “It’s still the best ticket in sports in value and for the money.”
Unlike some other sports events, annual Masters ticket holders have the opportunity to renew their tickets each year. Elia first secured his passes when the private club briefly opened its waiting list in 2000.
Masters Tournament spokesman Steve Ethun didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the price increase, which was first reported yesterday by the Augusta Chronicle.
For McIlroy, a victory at Augusta National Golf Club would make the 25-year-old Northern Irishman the sixth player to win all four of golf’s modern major titles. Bobby Jones won the U.S. and British Amateur and Open titles in 1930, the only player to accomplish the feat in a single year.
Woods was the last player, and the youngest ever, to secure all four major crowns when he won the 2000 British Open by eight shots. Masters tickets that year cost $100 for a four-day pass. A similar four-day pass to this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington, costs $400.
Along with McIlroy, who tied for eighth in this year’s Masters, and 2014 winner Bubba Watson, next year’s Masters field is expected to include Woods, a four-time winner who missed this April’s tournament due to a back injury. Woods, 39, has recovered from surgery and has begun working with new coach Chris Como.