Birkdale Boost: 200,000 tickets sold

Published 23/07/2008 20:35:03

Southport's Birkdale golf course held the open for the first time in ten years - and sold over 200,000 tickets despite atrocious weather conditions and the lack of a certain Tiger Woods.


The figure ranks this year's championship as the sixth best performing ever despite heavy winds and rain for much of the tournament.


"It's a pretty stunning achievement given the weather, the economic situation and the absence of Tiger Woods," said Royal and Ancient Club chief executive Peter Dawson yesterday.

"We lost four to five thousand on Thursday because the weather was so awful," he went on to say.


When asked about the absence of Woods, Dawson said: “Obviously we missed having Tiger here, but he has won only three of his 11 Opens and statistics suggest he may not have won again, Harrington has nothing to worry about and in any case proved that last year.”


The Open returns to the North West of England in 2011 when Royal Lytham plays host to the oldest tournament in golf.



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