The Master’s Championship by the numbers

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

This week, starting on Thursday, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world will take place in Georgia.

The Masters, is the first Major championship that makes up the Grand Slam of golf. The tournament is held in Augusta, Ga., at the Augusta National Golf Club Course.

There are interesting fun facts that come out of this tournament. All these facts are courtesy of WalletHub.com

• 250K – People visit the Augusta, Ga., area each year for Masters Festivities

• $2,523 – Average resale price for a ticket to the final round of the 2019 Masters

• 90 percent – Of the world’s golf carts are made in Georgia

• 61 – Magnolia trees dating back to the 1850s line famed Magnolia Lane which runs for 330 yards to the clubhouse.

• $182.9B -Combined net worth of Augusta’s two richest members: Bill Gates and Warren Buffet

• 4 – Female members: Diana Murphy, Condoleeza Rice, Darla Morre and Ginni Rometty

• 34th – U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower is the only U.S. President to have been a member

• 6 – Golfers age 40+ have won the Masters: Ben Hogan, 40 (1953), Sam Snead, 41 (1954), Gary Player, 42 (1978), Jack Nicklaus, 46 (1986), Ben Crenshaw, 43 (1995) and Mark O’ Meara, 41 (1998)

The coveted Green Jacket that is given to the winner of the Masters in its own right has some very unique traits to it.

• 1949 – First year a green jacket was presented to the Master’s Champion

• $250 – Cost of producing each green jacket

• 1 month -Production time for each green jacket

• $682K – Price of Horton Smith’s green jacket sold auction in Sept. 2013

Getting a ticket to the Master’s is a hefty price to pay to watch these athletes chase around a little white dimpled ball and other interesting notes on tickets:

These are the average ticket prices for 2019:

• Thursday – $2,619

• Friday – $2,544

• Saturday – $2,250

• Sunday – $2,523

• $35M+ – Estimated revenue from 2017 ticket sales

What all the players in the Master’s Championship wants most besides the green jacket is the prize pool that goes along with winning the tournament. Here is a breakdown of the money paid out:

• $11M – Total purse for the 2019 Masters

• $1.98M – Winner’s share

• $1.19M – Runner-up’s share

• 10 percent – Winning caddy’s cut

When it comes to the food sold at Augusta, it’s quite low compared to regular sports venues:

Breakfast:

Masters Blend fresh brewed coffee – $1.50

Sausage biscuit – $1.50

Chicken biscuit – $1.50

Blueberry muffin – $1.50

Fresh mixed fruit- $2

Sandwiches:

Egg salad – $1.50

Pimento cheese – $1.50

Bar-B-Que – $3

Masters Club – $2.50

Grilled chicken wrap – $3

Ham and cheese on Rye – $2.50

Turkey and cheese on Wheat – $2.50

Beverages:

Soft drinks – $2

Bottled water – $2

Freshed brewed iced tea – $2

Domestic beer – $4

Import beer – $5

American craft beer – $5

Snacks:

Chips – $1.50

Peanuts – $1.50

Crackers – $1.00

Cookies – $1.50

Georgia pecan caramel popcorn – $1.50

Georgia peach ice cream sandwich – $2

There you have it, the Master’s Championship by the numbers.

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