Want to Attend a Major? Here's How to Get PGA Championship Tickets

General view of PGA Championship fans during the tournament.
General view of PGA Championship fans during the tournament.

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Good news: PGA Championship tickets are not that difficult to get. So if you want to attend one of the biggest tournaments in golf, you probably can.

The PGA Championship is played annually, staged by the PGA of America, and is one of the four major championships in golf. For much of its history it was played in August, but beginning in 2019 the tournament switched to May.

It is possible that the change in date might make PGA Championship tickets a little scarcer than in years past, when the tournament had to compete against a very busy sports schedule in August, but it's too early to tell.

Key Takeaways

  • Registration for PGA Championship tickets and the purchase of tickets takes place online at attend.thepga.com/tickets/.
  • Fans willing to wait until close to the tournament's start date may be able to save money by browsing the websites of major, reputable ticket brokers, but there are no guarantees.

Buying Tickets Directly From the PGA

A little before the current-year PGA Championship tees off, the PGA of America allows golfers to register for tickets to next year's PGA Championship. This is not a required step, nor is it a reservation. Those who register, however, are notified when tickets become available and can get an early jump. If you know that you will attend next year's tournament, registering is a good idea.

Prices go up over time and availability varies from year to year. For example, in 2019 the face value of PGA Championship tickets was $35 each for a practice-round day (Monday-Wednesday of tournament week), $110 each for a competition round (Thursday-Sunday).

In 2019, tickets for the Saturday and Sunday rounds—the final two rounds, respectively—were sold out more than three weeks before the tournament started. However, the PGA of America said that a "limited number" of Thursday-Friday tickets (Rounds 1 and 2) were still available when those days arrived.

Registration information, when it is available, is posted on the PGA Championship's ticket page, which can also be accessed by going to pgachampionship.com and looking for the "Tickets" tab. Tickets can also be purchased directly from the PGA at that location.

Other ticket options typically available include a weekly pass, and tickets for several levels of hospitality tents.

It is standard at the PGA Championship that children aged 17 and younger are admitted free of charge when they are with a ticketed adult.

Willing to Wait? You Might Save With a Ticket Broker

Golf fans who are willing to wait until closer to tournament time might find bargains through ticket brokers—even tickets that are cheaper than face value. But waiting until the last-minute can present other issues, such as possibly scarce hotel rooms or increased lodging prices at your destination.

Buying PGA Championship tickets from a large, well-established broker is, regardless of timing, much cheaper than using brokers for Masters tickets. For most golf fans, Masters tickets can only be bought through a broker (only a very small number of tickets are sold directly by the Masters Tournament). There is very little markup on PGA Championship tickets from brokers regardless of timing.

A single, final-round Masters ticket might reach five digits at a ticket broker. Practice round and earlier tournament round tickets routinely go for thousands of dollars at ticket brokers. PGA Championship tickets at brokers stay only slightly above face value, and veer below face value as tournament time nears. But, in fairness to the PGA Championship, Masters tickets rival Super Bowl tickets as the most sought-after in sports.

In 2019, we tracked PGA Championship ticket prices at four major brokers: Vivid Seats, Seat Geek, Best Tickets and StubHub. Nearly four weeks before the tournament began, first-round tickets from brokers were well below the $115 face value: a low of $57 and a high of $75 among the four brokers we followed. By eight days before the tournament began, those prices had dropped farther and ranged from a low of $33 to a high of $50.

Final-round tickets—which, remember, sold out about four weeks in advance in 2019—ranged around face value at the time of our first check: from $118 to $152. By our final check, those prices had fallen well below face value at all four brokers, ranging from $56 to $73.

If you want to guarantee yourself tickets, however, and be able to make early travel plans, you'll need to purchase directly from the PGA of America.