The price for a four-day badge to this year’s Masters Tournament has gone up to $325, a 30% increase from previous years. Ticket holders were notified of the change in a recent email, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
The Masters always has an incredibly high amount of intrigue, but this year’s tournament has several storylines going for it. For one, Rory McIlroy – winner of last year’s British Open and PGA Championship – is a green jacket away from a career Grand Slam. A victory at the Masters would also give McIlroy three majors wins in a row, putting him in position to complete a Grand Slam over two consecutive seasons.
Performing such a feat has been known as the “Tiger Slam” after Tiger Woods similarly won the U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship in one season and followed that up with a Masters victory the following year. Woods was also the last player to secure a career Grand Slam when he won the 2000 British Open.
Tiger’s presence at the Masters will undoubtedly be the biggest storyline entering the tournament as Woods is returning from an injury-plagued 2014 campaign. He remains stuck on 14 career majors victories and his window for potentially breaking Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 is slowly diminishing with age. Nonetheless, he apparently is striking the ball much better with an improved swing and could be in position to beat some of the younger players on tour.
For fans looking to head down to Augusta, Georgia for this year’s tournament, there are two options if you are coming from miles away. According to Hipmunk.com, the closest two cities to fly into are Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. Make sure to check out Hipmunk for the best deals on Atlanta flights and Columbia flights this year, from any location in the United States and many international spots as well.
It should be a great start to the four majors in 2015 and the first real opportunity to see all of golf’s greats hit the links together. Though ticket prices may be up, it’s difficult to argue the value you will be receiving, regardless of price.