PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America on March 22 announced that tickets for the 87th PGA Championship, to be held Aug. 8-14, 2005 at the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., will officially go on sale July 20, 2004.
Highlighting the field at the 87th PGA Championship, the last leg of golf's Grand Slam, will be two-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods, who will be playing his first competitive professional golf ever in the State of New Jersey.
The PGA Championship, the season's final major, traditionally boasts golf's greatest International field and includes such stars as Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Mike Weir and Sergio Garcia to name a few. The PGA Championship also features more Top 100 World ranked players than any other golf major. In fact, 96 of the top 100 competed at last year's PGA Championship in Rochester, which was won by Shaun Micheel, who hit the 7-iron shot heard "round the world" into the 18th green.
The 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club will mark the first time in 63 years that the event has been played in New Jersey. It was last played in the Garden State in 1942 at Seaview Country Club in Atlantic City, where golf legend Sam Snead captured the first of his seven major championships.
"The PGA Championship is one of golf's most prestigious championships, as well as one of the world's premier sporting events," said Bob Jeffrey, Tournament Director, 87th PGA Championship. "Golf and sports enthusiasts from New Jersey and the entire Tri-State area will be treated to the game's greatest players competing on one of the world's top ranked golf courses, the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club."
During its 109-year history, Baltusrol Golf Club has hosted 15 national golf championships, including seven U.S. Open Championships, four U.S. Amateur Championships, two Women's U.S. Open Championships and two U.S. Women's Amateur Championships. The championships at Baltusrol, which have been some of golf's most memorable, are highlighted by the great Jack Nicklaus, who captured two major championships at Baltusrol.
Tickets for the 87th PGA Championship will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to a limited number of spectators. For more information on the event, including on-site hospitality packages, which are available exclusively through the 87th PGA Championship office located at Baltusrol Golf Club, at The PGA of America Online Ticketing Center or by calling 1-800-PGA-TCKT.
Adds Jeffrey, "It's been 63 years since the PGA Championship was last played in New Jersey. This, along with the fact that Tiger Woods will be playing his first tournament golf in New Jersey, will make this a memorable event for all who attend."
The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by the PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup Matches, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together winners of golf's four major championships. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past champions include Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Walter Hagen, among others.
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