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2009 Open Championship - Turnberry
Standing behind the green at the par-3 15th at Turnberry affords a great view of the par-4 eighth. (Photo: Getty Images)

Advance tickets on sale for 138th Open Championship

Be there in person when Ireland's Padraig Harrington tries to make history with a third straight Open Championship at the acclaimed Ailsa Course at Turnberry in Scotland. Harrington, now the proud owner of three major titles after his victory at the 90th PGA Championship at Oakland Hills last August, will try to become the first player in more than 50 years to win three straight Claret Jugs.

Golf fans attending the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry in Scotland will find not only a fabulous course and country, but ticket prices that are the same as they were in 2008.

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Speaking at Turnberry last year, David Hill, The R&A's Director of Championships, explained the decision to hold 2008 ticket prices at the 2009 event and emphasized that substantial discounts are again available to spectators who choose to purchase their season tickets before the end of January 2009.

"Given the current economic climate, The R&A has elected to maintain ticket prices for 2009," Dawson said. "We continue to make season tickets available for just 180 pounds, giving people who want to experience a wonderful week of golf the opportunity to make a substantial saving."

The Championship will see Padraig Harrington attempt to become the first player to win three consecutive Open Championships since Peter Thomson in 1956 and a large number of Irish spectators are expected to make the short trip across the Irish Sea to Turnberry to support him.

"I'm sure that Padraig will receive big support from Ireland as he chases an historic third consecutive Open," said Hill. "We are looking forward to welcoming a large and enthusiastic crowd from all over the world to one of The Open's most iconic venues."

The Ayrshire Resort is making every effort to ensure that the Ailsa Course is in perfect condition for Harrington and the rest of the field and, consequently, the Course will be closed from now until the start of The Championship.

Stewart Selbie, General Manager of the Turnberry Hotel, justified the decision to stop play on the links. "We want to give Turnberry the best opportunity to provide the best golf course that The Open has ever seen."

An Open Championship daily ticket on the four Championship days (16-19 July 2009) costs ?55. Under-16's will continue to be admitted free of charge and concessions are available.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 138th Open Championship.

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