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Deadline nearing to register for 2017 PGA Championship tickets in Charlotte

Jason Day smiles as he warms up on the sixth tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Jason Day smiles as he warms up on the sixth tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Wednesday, July 27, 2016. AP

If you want to register to buy tickets for the PGA Championship next year in Charlotte, time is running out.

The deadline to register is Sunday, with the first tickets going on sale Monday, based on the purchase window assigned to registrants.

The registration process puts those who sign up in line to buy tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who register at www.pgachampionship.com don’t have to commit to buying tickets.

After the registration period ends, if any tickets remain they will then go on sale to the general public, the PGA said. The most popular tickets, however, are expected to sell out by then.

The 2017 event at Quail Hollow Club has already surpassed the ticket registration mark for any previous PGA Championship, officials have said. More than 44,000 had registered as of last month.

The PGA of America last week confirmed the event will stay in Charlotte, despite the organization’s opposition to House Bill 2, the controversial North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people.

But the PGA said its willingness to return to the state “will be severely impacted unless HB2 is overturned.”

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 expected to attend, with about 40,000 per day on the course during each of the four days of competition.

Each ticketed adult can 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 amilitary 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).

Ticket sales for next year’s PGA Championship are gearing up as this year’s tournament at Baltusrol (N.J.) Golf Club is set to begin Thursday.

Rick Rothacker: 704-358-5170, @rickrothacker

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