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Record ticket sales for PGA Championship

A record number of tickets have already been purchased for this year’s PGA Championship, which will be held at the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island, New York from May 16-19.

Week-long grounds tickets for the second golf major of the year are already sold out, the PGA of America has confirmed. A limited number of single-day tickets remain on sale.

The PGA of America said that tickets have been purchased from 49 states and 52 different countries but it has not been disclosed exactly how many have been snapped up. Nearly 3,500 volunteers representing 45 states and 17 countries have also registered to be a part of the tournament.

Scott Reid, 2019 Championship director, said: “The fan response for tickets and volunteer positions has been phenomenal.

“We’re quickly approaching a sell-out on the weekend but do have a limited number of daily tickets and upgraded weekly packages remaining for the most in-demand days. For fans who want a unique behind-the-scenes experience, there are still a number of volunteer positions available. With this high demand for tickets and volunteering, we encourage fans to act quickly while options are available.”

Each ticketed adult can bring up to four children aged 17 or younger onto the grounds for free. Junior tickets will be available each day of the Championship week, regardless of sell-out.

Additionally, Active Duty, retirees, reserve, National Guard and their accompanying guests will be given complimentary daily grounds access, regardless of sell-out.

It will mark the first time that Bethpage Black has hosted the PGA Championship, which has a new spot on the golfing calendar this year. The tournament was previously held in August as the fourth and final major of the year, but from this year it will be the second major of the season after The Masters.

Brooks Koepka of the US is the defending champion, having edged out Tiger Woods (pictured) to win last year’s event at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri.

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