The Open golf championship has today launched its first-ever ticketing ballot ahead of its 150th edition next year.
Applications can only be made by those who are members of The One Club, a free-to-join programme, with the ballot open until October 4.
Organisers The R&A said a balance of allocations will ensure fans from the UK and overseas will be able to attend the milestone event in St Andrews next July. Fans will find out the results of the ticket ballot by the end of November 2021.
“With record-breaking levels of demand anticipated for the milestone championship at the home of golf the ballot was introduced to provide the fairest way for golf fans of all generations to obtain tickets,” said an R&A spokesperson.
Tickets for the 150th Open are priced at £95 for championship days, with a number of free tickets available for minors and discounted entry for those under 24 years old.
Martin Slumbers, The R&A’s chief executive, said, “We are looking forward to a very special occasion in golf next year with The 150th Open being played at the birthplace of the game in St Andrews. We will be celebrating one of the most prestigious and renowned events in the sporting calendar and will be welcoming some of its greatest champions past and present.
“The ticket ballot gives as many fans as possible the chance to be part of this fantastic championship and make it an occasion to remember.”
Organisers last month announced that weekly tickets are being discontinued in order to give as many people as possible the chance to attend the championship.
This year’s Open next month will be part of the Events Research Programme with up to 32,000 spectators allowed each day.