The Tiger Effect: US Open Tickets on Sale!
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Most non-diehard fans were disappointed to hear Tiger Woods had withdrawn from the US Open at Congressional. When little Joey’s parents got him tickets, he was pumped to see his favorite golfer play in real life. He was equally heartbroken when his parents had to tell him it wasn’t going to happen this year. But Phil will still be there! So will Rory! And Lee! Don’t forget Charl! That didn’t impress little Joey. Personally, it doesn’t make a difference to me, but I can commiserate with him and thousands of others. Let’s face it: It’s the Tiger Effect.

Ticket prices in the resale market dropped 20% since Woods pulled out of the event two days ago, according to Bloomberg:

Four-day tickets to the tournament on EBay Inc. (EBAY)’s Stubhub dropped today to $402 from almost $500 on June 7, when Woods withdrew because of leg injuries, company spokesman Glenn Lehrman said in a telephone interview.

Lehrman said he anticipates prices will continue to drop another 17 percent by next week. The tournament, the year’s second major championship, begins June 16 at Congressional Country Club outside Washington.

“Missing Tiger is a big deal,” Lehrman said. “He’s a huge draw, not only for tickets, but also for television ratings.”

Well, that’s good news for fans who are still looking for tickets. They’ll need the extra dough when they hit up the merchandise tent, if the prices were anything like last year.

When I posted the news on my personal Facebook page, a friend commented:

Such sad news…just never the same without him. Feeling very ho-hum about the whole thing now. Esp for $140.

I think that sums up the average fan’s feelings pretty well. Also, the USGA sent a news blast to the media via e-mail, saying a limited number of US Open tickets are still available.

Daily Grounds and Trophy Club tickets for the practice rounds (Monday, June 13-Wednesday, June 15) and the opening championship round (Thursday, June 16) will be available for purchase on-site at Congressional. For the practice rounds, prices are $50 for daily Grounds tickets and $75 for daily Trophy Club tickets. For the first day of the championship (Thursday, June 16), Grounds tickets are $110 and Trophy Club tickets are $185.

Beginning Thursday, June 9, tickets can be purchased on-site at the U.S. Open Will Call located at the Main Admission Gate. Will Call hours of operation for Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This on-site sale of tickets coincides with the U.S. Open pre-championship merchandise sale taking place in the merchandise pavilion during the same hours.

Beginning Monday, June 13, remaining tickets can be purchased at the Main Will Call and the Clubhouse Will Call between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., while supplies last.

The US Open has sold out for 24 consecutive years. And the USGA expects to extend that streak to 25 years.

“Our ticket sales are consistent with what we have seen for the past three years, really just based on the economy,” he said. “We are pretty happy with our ticket sales.”

(Photo via Reuters)