Thursday, 19 November 2015

NEW TICKET AND PRICING OPTIONS INTRODUCED FOR 145TH OPEN AT ROYAL TROON




NEW TICKET AND PRICING OPTIONS INTRODUCED FOR 145TH OPEN AT ROYAL TROON
12 November 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: New ticket and pricing options have been introduced for The 145TH Open at Royal Troon, including a new twilight ticket and a reduction in the price of an advance purchase adult daily ticket.
The world’s leading golfers will compete to become Champion Golfer of the Year at the historic Ayrshire links from 14-17 July 2016.
Twilight tickets are being introduced for the first time, offering entry to the course from 4pm onwards on Thursday and Friday of Championship week for £25.  A limited number are available and spectators are urged to purchase in advance.
Tickets for the Championship are now on sale with the price of an adult daily ticket, purchased before 31 May, changing to £60, which is £10 less than in 2015, and £80 thereafter.
Weekly tickets, valid from Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 July inclusive, are available for £230 before 31 May, a saving of £95 on the daily ticket prices for the full week and £10 less than in 2015, and £260 thereafter.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We recognise that many people have work commitments during the week and the new twilight tickets will give them an attractive option to attend The Open. We have also made some changes this year to encourage and reward spectators who purchase tickets early which helps us with planning the services and facilities we offer at the Championship.
“The Open is one of the world’s major sporting events and is the highlight of the golfing calendar for many thousands of golf fans. Our aim is to deliver an outstanding experience for spectators and to ensure the Championship remains affordable and accessible.”
Children aged under 16, who are accompanied by an adult, receive free entry to The Open. For youths, aged 16-21, a daily ticket costs £25 before 31 May and £30 thereafter.
Spectators can look forward to another enthralling Open Championship as Zach Johnson defends the title he won in dramatic fashion in a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, the Champion Golfer of the Year in 2010, and Australia’s Marc Leishman at St Andrews.
This will be the ninth occasion on which The Open has been played at Royal Troon, with players such as Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf and Tom Watson among its illustrious list of Champions.  America’s Todd Hamilton won The Open the last time it was held there in 2004 after a play-off with Ernie Els.
Christmas gift wallets and cards are available for those who would like to make a special gift of tickets to The Open.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit TheOpen.com.
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The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on links golf courses, it is the sport’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 up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the sport, worldwide.


THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2016



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THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2016
12 November, 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: The road to The 145TH Open at Royal Troon will begin at the Emirates Australian Open, the first of 14 events in nine countries that will make up The Open Qualifying Series for 2016.
A total of 44 places in The Open are available through the Series, which gives players the opportunity to qualify at events around the world on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
The Emirates Australian Open, which is played from 26-29 November at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, will be the first chance for players to secure a place in golf’s most international Major Championship. The leading three players, who finish in the top ten and ties and who are not already exempt, will qualify for The Open from 14-17 July 2016.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, R&A Executive Director - Championships, said, “Over the past two years, The Open Qualifying Series has created an exciting build-up to the Championship as players around the world bid to secure their places in The Open. We are looking forward to working with each of the Tours again to welcome an international field to Royal Troon while continuing to enhance The Open’s global appeal.”
The second event in The Open Qualifying Series will be the Thailand Golf Championship, played from 10-13 December 2015 at Amata Spring Country Club, followed by the Joburg Open in South Africa in January and the Mizuno Open in Japan in May.
Two new events will feature in the Series: on the European Tour, the Nordea Masters played from 2-5 June at Stockholm’s Bro Hof Slott Golf Course, and, on the PGA TOUR, the FedEx St Jude Classic, played from 9-12 June at TPC Southwind in Tennessee. In line with the Tour schedules, the Series has been adjusted to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympic Games in Rio but is planned to revert to its previous schedule in 2017.
The Open Qualifying Series concludes with the ALSTOM Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour and the Quicken Loans National and the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR.
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Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) will offer the following qualification places in The 145TH Open:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
OQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
OQS-ThailandThailand Golf Championship4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-South AfricaJoburg Open3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
OQS-JapanMizuno Open4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
OQS-SwedenThe Nordea Masters   1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
 
OQS-FranceALSTOM Open de France4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAFedEx St Jude Classic4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAQuicken Loans National4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
OQS-Final QualifyingGailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
NB: Any player who has qualified through The Open Qualifying Series is deemed an exempt player. In the event that that player subsequently fulfils other exemption categories those places in the starting field will be subject to Section F of The Open Entry Form.
The Open
The 145TH Open will be played at Royal Troon from 14-17 July 2016.
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’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.
Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

THE R&A ANNOUNCES 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES


THE R&A ANNOUNCES 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES
18 November 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: Some of the world’s finest links courses will play host to R&A championships and international matches in 2018.
Historic Scottish links courses feature prominently on the list of venues announced today by the governing body. The Amateur Championship will be played at Royal Aberdeen, the host of Great Britain and Ireland’s victory over the USA in the 2011 Walker Cup match, and Murcar Links, which held this year’s Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on the European Tour.
It will be the first time in The Amateur’s 130-year history that it has been played on the Balgownie links, where the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open was played in 2014 and the Senior Open in 2005. Several former Champion Golfers of the Year and Ryder Cup team members have played in The Amateur Championship over the years including Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, who won in 1984, and Sergio Garcia, who won in 1998.
The Boys Home Internationals will be played at Royal Dornoch, the first time the round robin series of matches between England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will have been played on the Sutherland links. The Junior Open, meanwhile, will be played at the Eden Course in St Andrews, which celebrated its centenary in 2014.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “We have a very strong list of championship venues for 2018 and they will provide a real challenge for the leading amateurs. I know the players will be excited at the prospect of playing such outstanding links courses and we can look forward to some tremendous golf.”
Royal Portrush will welcome a field of 252 leading young players to Northern Ireland for the Boys Amateur Championship in 2018, the year before it hosts The 148TH Open. Neighbouring Portstewart will also host the stroke play qualifying rounds. Players of the calibre of Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sir Michael Bonallack are among the list of winners of the event while Major Champions Sandy Lyle, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy have all played in the Championship.
Royal Porthcawl, the venue for the Senior Open in 2017, will play host to the Seniors Amateur Championship the following year.
The St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophies will be played in Finland and the venue(s) will be announced by the European Golf Association.
The dates for the Championships and International Matches in 2018 are as follows:
The Amateur Championship, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links:  18 - 23 June
The Junior Open, Eden Course, St Andrews: 16 – 18 July
The St Andrews Trophy, Finland (venue tbc): 26 and 27 July
The Boys Home Internationals, Royal Dornoch:  7 - 9 August
The Seniors Amateur Championship, Royal Porthcawl:  8 - 10 August
The Boys Amateur Championship, Royal Portrush and Portstewart:  14 - 19 August
The Jacques Leglise Trophy, Finland (venue tbc):  31 August and 1 September
For more information visit championships.randa.org.
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The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A governs worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, with the consent of 152 organisations from amateur and professional golf and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.