Buy your tickets for next year’s Open Championship by the end of January and you’ll get in for half price to see Tiger Woods and defending champion Ernie Els.
That’s the latest deal from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the tournament organisers, for the 2003 event due to be staged at Royal St Georges in Kent from July 13-20.
The big incentive is the seven-day season ticket (including four practice days) offered at £125 - a saving of almost 50 per-cent on the daily admission rates for those eight days. If you buy your tickets on each day of the championship days, it will cost £40 per person – apart from under 16s who get in free of charge and pensioners who pay a reduced rate.
"It’s our aim to keep The Open competitive in relation to what other major sporting events charge for admission," says David Hill, Championship Secretary of the R&A. "The Open still represents excellent value for money and we believe that our ticket prices have been structured to allow everyone the chance of seeing all of the world's top golfers in action."
From January 31 to April 30, a season ticket will sell at the discounted rate of £140. After that you’ll pay £155 for a similar ticket.
It’s the first time The Open has been held at the English South coast venue since 1993, when Greg Norman held off Nick Faldo by two shots, with playing partner Bernhard Langer third. Els was tied 6th that year and one of the first to congratulate the Australian winner was Gene Sarazen, who won the title at nearby Princes in 1932.
Previous British Open winners at St Georges include J.H. Taylor in 1894, Harry Vardon in 1899, Walter Hagen (1922 and ’28), Henry Cotton in 1934, Bobby Locke 1949 and Bill Rogers in 1981.
Ticket applications should be directed to: Ticket Office, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JD: Tel: 01334 460010.
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