The 2012 PGA Championship today announced a historic first: all daily grounds tickets for Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, have been sold approximately 20 months prior to the event. Never before has a PGA Championship sold out of daily tickets for any single round this far in advance of Championship play.
"This is a testament to the popularity of golf in South Carolina and to a market hungry to experience the first major to be played in the state," said 2012 PGA Championship General Chairman Roger Warren. "People remember the 1991 Ryder Cup, which changed the way that event is viewed in the U.S., and they want to be present to see the best field in competitive golf take on one of the world's most challenging courses."
The Saturday sellout is the fifth PGA Championship ticket sales record set by the 2012 PGA Championship since Nov. 15, the first day fans who pre-registered to buy tickets had access to make their purchase.
It is projected that Sunday's daily grounds tickets and the week-long Wanamaker Club tickets will be the next two sets to sell out for the week-long event at the famed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Beginning today, individuals who did not register during the pre-registration window earlier this year can enter the ticket line by visiting PGA2012.com or by calling (800) PGA-GOLF (742-4653). These enthusiasts will be allowed to pre-register and then purchase tickets during the Dec. 6–31 window. This ticket-buying window will remain open through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 31.
"The PGA of America has extended its pre-registration period in response to the overwhelming interest we've experienced for tickets to the largest sporting and social event to come to South Carolina this decade," said 2012 PGA Championship Director Brett Sterba.
The PGA of America and Kiawah Island Golf Resort instituted a unique ticketing procedure that required fans to pre-register in order to have advanced limited access to tickets.
"This allowed us to manage the unprecedented early interest we received for the 2012 PGA Championship," said Warren. "And, with tickets limited to a level nearly 30 percent less than those typically allotted for a PGA Championship, we're helping to ensure that spectators have the best possible experience."