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How much will you pay to see Tiger this summer?

Posted in Uncategorized by golferpacific on May 21, 2009

US Open Golf

SPORTS fans in Australia – especially golf nuts – will be agreeably surprised when tickets go on sale in the next couple of weeks for the Australian Masters featuring the World’s No.1 golfer, Tiger Woods, to be played at Kingston Heath from November 12-15.

Golfer Pacific has been reliably informed they will not cost an arm and a leg.

In fact, a daily pass to the tournament will be ‘well under $100’ according to one source who added: “And I mean WELL UNDER $100!’’

If this is the case, then we doff our lid to tournament promoter, the oft-maligned International Management Group (IMG) and the Victorian government led by John Brumby, which has stumped up a large chunk of Woods’ $A4 million appearance money.

We understand neither the Brumby government nor IMG want to put a ticket to see Woods in action around the fabled Heath layout out of the economic reach of all but the wealthy.

GP suspects the Brumby government would see itself as a hypocrite if it used taxpayer’s dollars to fund Woods’ trip and then allowed the Masters to become an elitist event.

As for IMG, the company has been around too long to allow a repeat of the NZ Open experience a few years ago.

On that occasion, Woods received a fortune to play in the Land of the Long White Cloud, with organisers foolishly believing they would recoup their outlay in ticket sales.

They then went about asking a king’s ransom for a ticket and the public stayed away in droves.

New Zealand golf is possibly still recovering from that financial setback.

The cost of seeing Tiger play will compare favourably with other big sporting events hosted in Melbourne, including the Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open Championship, the AFL Grand Final and the Boxing Day cricket Test.

And the average price of a good seat to the recent Coldplay concerts in Melbourne was about three times what fans will pay for a day following Tiger around Kingston Heath.

The cost of bringing Tiger to Australia will be well and truly covered before a ball is hit in anger and gate receipts – although substantial – will form only a small percentage of the general tournament revenue.

GP also commends Kingston Heath for restricting crowds to 20,000 a day.

Anything more would be folly and extremely uncomfortable for golf fans. It would spoil the experience.

 After all, there will be possibly six ticketed days to see Tiger – four in tournament play and two in his practice rounds.

The club also is mindful some fans will be first-time golf spectators and will do everything possible to make sure they enjoy it.

Roll on November!

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  1. Tickets Please said,

    I would personally fork out upwards of $100 to get close to Tiger Woods…probably the only time I will get the chance to see him live and the thrill it would give my kids would be well worth it. He is a once-in-a-generation player. But I would hope kids under 16 get in free.

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