US Open 2011–Will Tiger’s Withdrawal Affect Ticket Prices?
As the 2011 US Open approaches, golf fans are gearing up for a long weekend of exciting PGA action. Between the extremely challenging Congressional Country Club course (will anyone even break par for the tournament?) and the gathering of the biggest names in golf (Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, etc), the US Open should deliver some great golf drama.
However, the most famous name in golf will definitely not be appearing on leader boards in Bethesda next week. On Tuesday, Tiger announced his withdrawal from the 2011 tournament, citing a debilitating achilles injury that has plagued him for much of the 2011 season. Tiger tweeted to his fans about his frustration and vow to get healthy.
Will Tiger’s conspicuous absence from the 2011 US Open line-up have a great affect on ticket prices? We think not. Tiger hasn’t won a major championship since his 2009 adultery scandal and, while he certainly does attract a sector of star-struck spectators to the course, there are many other exciting and talented players in this year’s field. Take Rickie Fowler for example–who wouldn’t enjoy seeing the young, talented, fashion-forward (?) golfer play well at Congressional?
So what does the ticket situation look like?
As anticipation for the coming event built, SeatGeek saw the number of ticket sales peak sometime late around late May. These sales, obviously, were not spread evenly across the 4 days of the Open tournament. The stakes and excitement are lowest on Thursday, the first day of play, and highest on Sunday, when the winner is determined.
This sentiment is reflected in the prices at which tickets have been selling. Tickets sold for Thursday, both a week day and the least exciting day of play, are lowest of the four–averaging around $84. Friday’s are marginally more expensive than Thursday’s and Saturday’s than Friday’s. In accordance with this trend, one would expect tickets for Sunday’s final round to be distinctly more expensive than any of the other days. Therefore, the fact that Sunday’s tickets have sold, on average, for slightly less than Saturday’s is very surprising. Still, $141 is nothing to scoff at.
On the other end of the spectrum, some fans are opting for a much cheaper way to see the famous golfers they love. Tickets for practice rounds Monday-Wednesday are maxing out at around $20. These practice rounds are nowhere near as electric as the actual tournament rounds, but golf fanatics with a tighter budget will be guaranteed a look at some big names in action.
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