Fleetwood Effect Boosts Huge Crowds Expected at Royal Birkdale for Open
Before a shot has been struck, The Open Championship has already enjoyed the Tommy Fleetwood effect. Within hours of him winning the French Open, twilight tickets for Royal Birkdale had sold out. And you can be certain that many of those who bought those tickets will be heading along to watch Fleetwood, who was born and grew up in nearby Southport.
Thousands of evening-only tickets have been sold, with the last remaining few snapped-up immediately after Fleetwood’s win in France. Twilight Tickets give access to the course and the spectator village from 4pm on the Thursday and Friday Championship days.
Day tickets for all four days are still available, with the Royal & Ancient continuing their Kids go Free policy of allowing under-16s to attend free with an adult.
The 146th Open is the fastest-selling to date with records crowds expected to cheer every shot played by Fleetwood as he bids to win on a golf course he knows like the back of his hand.
Nick Faldo was the last Englishman to win The Open 25 years ago and Fleetwood’s form has given local fans hope that the wait could be about to end.
Fleetwood grew up on the doorstep of The 146th Open venue and has admitted that his dad still walks the family dog past the course every day, no doubt pacing out some yardages for Fleetwood Jr. Fleetwood used to sneak on to Birkdale as a youngster and says that he cannot wait to tee-off on his home-town course.
“It’s going to be an amazing experience from start to finish,” he said. “Whether I do well or not, I'm going to have a lot of people rooting for me and that's going to be lovely.”
Hard though it may seem to believe, 26-year-old Fleetwood was ranked 188th in the world last year but is now just outside the top 10.
The 146th Open is expected to attract more than 200,000 fans to Royal Birkdale, especially if the weather is kind - as it is expected to be. ohnnie Cole Hamilton, the R&A’s Executive Director of Professional Championships, believes Fleetwood's form has had a big impact on ticket sales from the local community and beyond.
“We are delighted that the 146th Open is the fastest-selling Championship to date and now that we are only a few weeks away, things are starting to really ramp-up as evidenced by this latest ticket category selling out” he said. “Tommy is a great ambassador for golf and his performances in recent months have really captured the imagination of local golf fans from Southport and across the whole country and beyond.
“It adds another dimension ahead of the one they all want to win and it is an event that no golf fan wants to miss.”
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