SHEBOYGAN -- The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits promises some great golf during its seven-day run, but prior to the official start of tournament play, there was plenty of action at the golf course -- both on the course during practice rounds and just inside the course entrance -- where lines for autographs have been long.
On Tuesday, August 11th at Whistling Straits, the focus moved from the links to the lines -- as fans waited for autographs.
"We get to see famous golfers!" Michael Kimse said.
Fans got to see those famous golfers up close and personal, as the professionals put down their putters to pose for pictures and pick up a pen.
"This is my favorite part of the whole tournament -- signing as many (autographs) as I can," Steven Young said.
Some golf fans were surprised to see the pros offering autographs.
"I didn't know at first that they'd be giving autographs. When I heard, I jumped for it!" Ethan Andersen said.
"I just like to see them in real life!" Kimse said.
Becky Bergwall was on autograph duty for her son on Tuesday.
"My son is on the 17th (hole). I have Bubba Watson's (autograph). He texted me and he says 'Way to go! Keep up the good work!'" Bergwall said.
As for what becomes of the different items fans had signed on Tuesday -- that's up to each individual.
"I might use it to clean some golf balls sometimes," Kimse said.
If you're interested in lining up for autographs at the PGA Tournament -- here's some advise: Wednesday is your best bet -- and you should arrive as early as you can.
The 2015 PGA Championship continues through Sunday, August 16th.
The PGA of America and Kohler Co. have announced a sell-out of daily grounds tickets for Saturday and Sunday Championship-round play at the 2015 PGA Championship, with only limited daily tickets remaining available for Thursday and Friday Championship rounds at Whistling Straits.
Tickets for practice rounds – which begin Monday – also remain available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and are a great opportunity for fans to see the best players in the world up close and in a more relaxed environment.
“We are thrilled to announce a sell-out of Saturday and Sunday Championship-round tickets for the 2015 PGA Championship here at Whistling Straits,” said Jason Mengel, Director of the 2015 PGA Championship. “The excitement we’ve seen for this Championship has been remarkable at every level – from the state of Wisconsin and regionally throughout the Midwest, to nationally across the U.S. and globally around the world. I would encourage any fans who have yet to purchase tickets to act now and join us for a major week ahead.”
All weekly ticket options for the 2015 PGA Championship sold out last year, and earlier this summer, the 2015 PGA Championship broke the all-time PGA Championship record for combined ticket sales and corporate hospitality revenue. The previous record was held by the 2004 PGA Championship, which was also played at Whistling Straits.
All remaining daily tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship can be purchased one of two ways: In-person at the PGA Championship Admissions Sales and Will Call office at the Main Spectator Entrance or online at www.pgachampionship.com. Fans who purchase remaining tickets online must pick them up at the Will Call office on-site (tickets will not be shipped).
Prices for remaining daily tickets are as follows (prices include all taxes and fees):
- Monday Practice Round, $40
- Tuesday Practice Round, $40
- Wednesday Practice Round, $50
- Thursday Championship Round, $100
- Friday Championship Round, $105
As a reminder for fans, every ticketed adult may bring up to four juniors (age 17 and under) with them for free each day of the 2015 PGA Championship. Junior tickets may be picked up on-site at the Admission Sales & Will Call Office at the Championship Entrance on the day of admission. For Wanamaker Club access, junior tickets may be upgraded at a cost of $25 (accompanying adult must already have a Wanamaker Club ticket).
To honor the men and women who serve our country in the United States Armed Forces, The PGA of America is also pleased to offer Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense Civilians and their accompanying spouse complimentary Daily Grounds tickets. Upon arrival, Military personnel should go to the Admissions and Will Call Office to present their Military ID in exchange for Daily Grounds tickets.
The hours for championship week are as follows:
Monday - Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - Friday: 6:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Player start times are as follows:
Monday - Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - Friday: 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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