The long anticipated wait for Ryder Cup ticket sales officially started yesterday. The event, held every 4 years, drew crowds of over 200,000 people when it was last held at Hazeltine National in 2016. The event will be at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, and everyone was chomping at the bit with credit cards in hand yesterday to take part in one of the most electric settings in golf. The process went a little something like this:
- If you were interested in purchasing tickets to attend the Ryder Cup you entered your email for a chance to be selected
- If you were selected you received an email with an access code on Monday with instructions
- On Wednesday you were instructed to log in to the website and insert your access code by 9am
However, after following the instructions listed above, you only got IN LINE to get tickets. The access code didn’t immediately take you to a purchase page to buy tickets. Once fans noticed the process, waited almost 2 hours and left empty handed, they were less than pleased to say the least.
— Tyler Pettit (@Pettit1Tj) October 16, 2019
My @rydercup ticket buying experience:
– Won lottery for right to buy tickets
– Got code on Monday
– In virtual lobby when it opened today at 10
– Randomly placed in line at 11
– Get to front at 11:15
– Buy 2 for Fri. & 2 for Sun. (Sat. sold out)
– Technical support error!
— Noah Coslov (@NoahCoslov) October 16, 2019
— SVIVI (@SVIVI_Golf) October 17, 2019
@TheMasters would never do that to you.
— Kyle Renwick (@_kylerenwick) October 17, 2019
And it’s true. The Masters would never do this. The Masters has it figured out. You enter your email address before the due date, you win an actual lottery, and you are told what you won. You then buy what you won and that’s that, next is a trip down Magnolia Lane.
The PGA of America later added an option to purchase tickets on the secondary market. The PGA of America’s approved secondary market is Primesport where you can now get individual tickets for competition rounds for around $500 and packages for multiple rounds for around $4,000-$5,000 depending on the level of the package. The isn’t quite the return on investment that Ryder Cup fans were looking for.
There has been no comment, as of yet, from the PGA of America or the Ryder Cup Association on their plans moving forward with ticket sales.
h/t: Golf Digest