2012 OPEN TICKETS ON SALE NOW



For Immediate Publication

2012 OPEN TICKETS ON SALE NOW

10 November 2011, St Andrews, Scotland: Be the first to book your place at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes and buy your daily or season ticket in time for Christmas.

The Open sees a return to the Lancashire venue for the first time since 2001, when the USA’s David Duval finished three ahead of Sweden’s Niclas Fasth and a chasing pack that included current Open Champion Darren Clarke to lift the Claret Jug for his only Major victory to date.

Lytham holds many great golfing memories, not least as the venue for two (1979, 88) of the late Seve Ballesteros’ three Open victories.

Local fans have now waited 20 years since Nick Faldo’s 1992 victory to herald an English winner and will see Tony Jacklin’s 1969 triumph over the famous links as a good omen.

Spectators who purchase now can take advantage of daily tickets at early season prices - as much as £10 less than 2011 prices for practice days – while ensuring they arrive in time for 25 December.

Season tickets offering entry on all eight days of the Championship are available at the price of £230 - £10 less than the cost on the gate this year at Royal St George’s.

Early purchase reductions also apply to concessionary tickets for 16-21 year-olds. As with every Open Championship since 1997, Under-16’s will continue to be admitted free of charge.

Tickets purchased before 15 December will arrive in time for Christmas.

The R&A’s Chief Executive Peter Dawson said: “We are pleased to be able to offer early season prices on most ticket types for next year’s Open.

“We always enjoy enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowds when the Championship visits the north-west of England and I am looking forward to the Championship being played in a wonderful atmosphere again next year.”

The 2012 Open sees the return of the popular Fairways Club which allows spectators access to a private marquee offering a lounge bar, snack facilities along with complimentary tea and coffee. Fairways Club access on each of the four Championship days costs £50 and must be accompanied by a valid ticket permitting course access.

The Greenside Club ticket will once again provide admission to the course, access to a private marquee and reserved seats within the Greenside Stand at the 18th, which provides unparalleled viewing of The Open’s 72nd hole. Inside the marquee, televisions offer uninterrupted live footage and real-time scores from the course and complimentary newspapers, tea and coffee will be provided.

Tickets will continue to be available to purchase on the day at the gate. A daily ticket purchased on arrival at the course on the four Championship days (19-22 July 2012) will cost £70.

For further information and to purchase tickets visit https://tickets.randa.org/

Official hospitality packages are also now on sale.  Details are available from http://www.opengolfofficialhospitality.com/

ENDS

Note to Editors

The Open Championship is golf’s oldest Major. Played since 1860 on British links golf courses, it is the game’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.

Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

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