Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

PGA Counts Down to Tulsa Tee-Time: Ticket Sales Hit Expectations, with Two-Thirds Sold

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

PGA Counts Down to Tulsa Tee-Time: Ticket Sales Hit Expectations, with Two-Thirds Sold

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With the first tee-time just 90 days away, organizers of the 89th PGA Championship have sold two-thirds of available tickets.

"We are on track with our initial projections," said tournament Director Ryan J. Jordan, noting sales to August's Southern Hills Country Club golf tournament have gone to every state in the union. "We anticipate a strong surge as we get closer to the championship, getting us close to a 100-percent capacity level."

Weeklong passes compose the majority of packages sold, ranging from the $415 Wanamaker Club, which includes the ability to retreat into a climate-controlled pavilion, to the $325 Season Ticket. Jordan said these allow spectators to spend the entire week at Southern Hills.

"The daily ticket options are more of a last-minute ticket," he said, "where someone decides to come out Friday afternoon for the day."

Prices range from $30 to the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday practice rounds, to $115 for Sunday's final. Although organizers have limited each day to 35,000, tickets remain available for all seven days.

"These have been selling faster in recent months," said Jordan, "and we anticipate that they will reach a sellout as well."

Jordan, who has resided in Tulsa for the past 18 months to work on the tournament, told a Tulsa Press Club Page One Luncheon audience Tuesday that Southern Hills will soon begin its final touch- ups for delivering a memorable championship.

"It's the biggest event of the centennial year," said Al Bush, general chairman of the Aug. 6-12 event, which the Tulsa Metro Chamber expects to inject $69.5 million into the Tulsa economy. "Seriously, the whole world will be watching this. Can you name any other event that can say that?"

Between CBS and TNT, Jordan said 28 hours of the Professional Golfers' Association of America championship will be broadcast to 186 countries, with a total household audience of 380 million.

More than 1,000 media credentials should be issued to press members seeking to cover the 156 players participating, said Jordan.

To accommodate that crowd, the PGA reserved 2,200 rooms for each night - representing just under a sixth of those available in the marketplace. …

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