- Tiger Woods’ recent run of made cuts and solid play has golf fans extremely excited for the upcoming Masters.
- Ticket prices are skyrocketing for fans that want to watch Woods in person at Augusta – with single-day tickets costing 20% more than last year’s tournament which Tiger missed.
- Gamblers also seem to have faith in Woods’ chances, with his odds falling from 100/1 all the way down to 16/1 since August.
“Tiger is back!”
It might feel as though the effect of phrase has diluted with year after year of false starts and setbacks – call it “Boy who cried ‘Tiger!'” syndrome – but after three PGA starts so far this season, two made cuts, and plenty of fist pumps and power shots that remind golf fans of the Woods of old, it finally feels like this might be the year that he can bring some of his magic back to the sport.
Fans seem to agree, as ticket prices have skyrocketed in recent days for those who wish to watch Tiger compete in the Masters for just the second time since 2013.
According to TicketIQ.com, the average price of a single-day ticket at Augusta this year is a whopping $US2,948.42 on secondary markets. Compare that to $US2,592.91 for last year’s Masters, and just the prospect of Tiger prowling the leaderboard in his Sunday red has effectively increased the price of entry by 20%.
Here is how the average price for a Masters ticket has fluctuated in recent years, with or without Tiger:
- 2018 – $US2,948
- 2017 – $US2,592 (did not play)
- 2016 – $US2,176 (did not play)
- 2015 – $US1,513 (played, T17th)
- 2014 – $US1,056 (did not play)
- 2013 – $US2,161 (played, T4th)
- 2012 – $US1,337 (played, T40th)
Should Tiger be in striking distance after the cut, you can expect the prices to shoot up even further as golf fans pay top dollar for the chance to see Woods claim redemption.
Bettors in Las Vegas seem to like Tiger’s chances more and more as the tournament approaches. Woods opened in August 2017 as a 100/1 long-shot to take the green jacket at the Masters, but after a month of solid play during which viewers have seen flashes of the Tiger of old, Woods’ odds have fallen all the way down to 16/1, the seventh best odds in the field. Justin Thomas is the current favourite at 15/2.
There’s still a whole lot of golf to be played between now and Woods’ fifth green jacket, but golf fans and gamblers alike seem eager to watch it happen.