If you’ve ever tried to get tickets to attend The Masters, you’re probably aware achieving that goal is much easier said than done.
Upwards of two million people apply for the right to make the pilgrimage to Augusta National Golf Club on a yearly basis.
Unfortunately, the odds of actually getting to spend some time roaming the hallowed grounds and taking advantage of the criminally cheap concessions are fairly low when you consider the venue hands out around 22,000 tickets for each day of play.
The fact that the lucky lottery winners are forbidden from reselling their passes means the badges that allow you to gain admission to The Masters are one of the hottest tickets around.
As a result, plenty of people are willing to go to great lengths to get their hands on some—including one person who may have engaged in some borderline illegal behavior in the hopes of squeezing some out of Jordan Spieth.
The man who won the green jacket in 2015 was one of the golfers who spoke with Golf Week about the craziest Masters-related requests they’ve received over the years, and it’s pretty hard to top the fairly blatant extortion attempt Spieth said he was subjected to courtesy of someone who purchased the house he used to live in.
Here’s what he had to say:
“When I moved houses in 2015, I left a few things in a safe like my high school ring. He said he’ll return them if and only if I’d go over to their house for dinner and he could have Masters badges for the week.
I was like, ‘No, I think you should just return it because it was the right thing to do.’
I think what ended up happening is I said, ‘Yeah, we’ll figure out a time to get together, could my mom just pick it up?’ because I was out of town. She did and I just haven’t done anything.
The guy is pretty upset. He’s left a note at our gate.”
I can’t imagine anyone going to such great lengths to get tickets to any other golf event, so I think it’s safe to say The Masters are truly a tradition unlike any other.