Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Practice_round_monday_60014-year-old Tianlang Guan, Dustin Johnson, and Tiger Woods skip balls at Augusta National's 16th hole Monday (Getty). Forget the BCS, the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby: the Masters has always been the toughest ticket in sports. And, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, this year’s tickets could be tougher -- and more expensive -- than ever before.

Those wanting last-minute badges for the four-day tournament were looking at paying more than $7,000 for each badge on the resale market on Monday morning.

And it's not only for tournament days.

A ticket for Tuesday's practice round, which have a face value of $50 for those lucky enough to either be patrons of Augusta National or get the tickets through the lottery, are now selling for nearly $1,000. In fact, one ticket sold for $1,083 on Stubhub on Sunday.

"I have never seen anything like this," said Patrick McGee, whose sports and entertainment marketing firm has taken care of corporate clients in Augusta for the Past decade. "It's the combination of the Final Four being in Atlanta, Tiger as well as a more stringent effort by Augusta National to make it tougher to scalp tickets."

Augusta National made a limited number of practice-round tickets available to the public via lottery

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