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Want 2017 PGA Championship tickets? Register soon

The PGA of America is urging golf fans to register to buy tickets for next year’s PGA Championship in Charlotte – or risk missing out on popular options. Jason Mengel is the tournament director for the 2017 event, which will be played at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club.
The PGA of America is urging golf fans to register to buy tickets for next year’s PGA Championship in Charlotte – or risk missing out on popular options. Jason Mengel is the tournament director for the 2017 event, which will be played at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

The PGA of America is urging golf fans to register to buy tickets for next year’s PGA Championship in Charlotte – or risk missing out on popular options.

A month ago, the PGA launched the registration process that is the first step toward buying tickets for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. So far, more than 44,000 have registered, outpacing any previous PGA Championships at this stage, said tournament director Jason Mengel.

That means when tickets go on sale to the public this August, demand is expected to be high. Tickets for the four rounds of the tournament or for the Wanamaker Club – like an on-course sports bar – could sell out in advance, he said.

“If someone is looking for a certain day they would like to attend or get access for one of the Wanamaker Club tickets, I would definitely encourage people to not wait and register today,” Mengel told the Observer.

The 2017 tournament, taking place Aug. 7-13, is the first golf major to be held in Charlotte. It will substitute for the annual Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, which will move to Wilmington for the year.

During the event, around 200,000 fans are expecting to attend, with around 40,000 per day on the course during each of the four days of competition.

There is still time to get in and hopefully gain access to the tickets that (registrants) want.”

Jason Mengel, 2017 tournament director

Fans must register at www.pgachampionship.com to hold their place in line to buy tickets in August 2016 – first come, first served. The registration, which is open through July 31, is free and comes with no obligation to make a purchase.

Based on the sign-up date, registrants will be assigned a window of time to purchase tickets.

“There is still time to get in and hopefully gain access to the tickets that (registrants) want,” said Mengel, noting the tournament so far has received sign-ups from all 50 states and 48 countries.

Not everyone, though, has to register to buy tickets.

Each ticketed adult will be able to bring up to four children under age 17 onto the grounds for free each day. These junior tickets can be picked up at the admission and will call office and will be available regardless of a sellout.

The same goes for all U.S. active duty, military retirees, active reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense civilians and their accompanying spouses. They are eligible to receive complimentary daily grounds tickets by presenting their Military ID at the admissions and will call office, also regardless of a sellout.

Tickets range from $30 per day for practice rounds (Monday through Wednesday) to $95 per day for rounds during the championship (Thursday to Sunday).

The tournament also sells a weekly package for $295 that includes tickets for every day. A $600 package includes tickets for the week, plus entry to the Wanamaker Club.

Sales for hospitality venues have also been strong, Mengel said. More than 100 companies are expected to host guests during the competition, and the tournament had been adding additional locations in recent weeks.

“We thought it would be a positive response, but I think it’s exceeded our expectations,” he said.

Rick Rothacker: 704-358-5170, @rickrothacker

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