CHICAGO -- The PGA of America will begin general ticket sales, Tues., May 3, 2005, to the 88th PGA Championship, Aug. 14-20, 2006, at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.
Championship organizers plan to contact more than a million previous PGA Championship events customers, along with other fans who have pre-registered for tickets to the tournament at the Chicago area's most storied championship golf course.
Fans who want to purchase tickets can go to www.pga2006.com or call (800) PGA-GOLF.
"Already, we can see that ticket demand is very high among golf fans in the Chicago area -- and throughout the Midwest -- for this major opportunity to see the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, and Ernie Els compete for one of golf's four major grand slam titles," said Michael Belot, tournament director for the 2006 PGA Championship.
"Consistent with The PGA of America's mission of growing the game and reaching out to golf's increasingly diverse audience, the PGA Championship has designed 19 different ticket packages, in order to give more people an opportunity to participate in this major Championship in ways that best fit their specific needs," said Belot.
The ticket with the best value figures to be the $300 Weekly Season Ticket Packet, which gives its holder access to the exciting Championship grounds at Medinah Country Club for all seven days of the event, complimentary off-site parking and shuttle services, and a complimentary copy of the official 2006 PGA Championship journal.
New this year are two-day ticket options -- the First- and Second-Round Ticket Package (Thursday-Friday) priced at $165 and the Third- and Final-Round Ticket Package (Saturday-Sunday) for $200. "We have introduced the two-day ticket option to accommodate the needs of our widely-diverse fan base," Belot said.
One of the better values among the ticket offerings is the "Junior" ticket, which is for young people ages 17 and under accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Junior ticket is $30 for Championship rounds (Thursday-Sunday) and $15 for the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday practice rounds, when fans are invited to take photos and ask players to sign autographs.
Belot attributed the high-ticket demand for the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah to not only the enthusiastic nature of golf fans in the Upper Midwest, but also to the variety of ticket options being offered and the unparalleled quality of the PGA Championship field.
Since 1991, the PGA Championship has perennially featured the strongest field in golf. The 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., produced the strongest field in golf history, with 98 of the world's top 100 ranked players. The tradition of overall attendance and competitive drama in the Season's Final Major, Glory's Last Shot continued last year at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
The 88th PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club also will be the final event in which American players may earn points toward a berth on the 2006 United States Ryder Cup Team.
Belot said The PGA's use of the Internet has enabled the organization to communicate with four times as many past and potential customers as it did when the Championship first visited Medinah in 1999, resulting in increased demand and major access to tickets. He said the tournament office already has received ticket inquiries from more than 35 states, three Canadian provinces and Australia.
Since its origin in 1916, the PGA Championship has featured the greatest players in golf history, a Champions roster that extends from Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh. In addition to the 88th PGA Championship, Medinah Country Club also will host the 39th Ryder Cup in 2012.
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