Keegan Bradley punched his ticket for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course on Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Athletic Club by winning the 2011 PGA Championship. Numerous golf fans also began getting their Kiawah tickets as the remaining six percent went on sale immediately after Bradley bested Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.
General admission tickets for the Saturday and Sunday rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship sold out late Sunday night.
Brett Sterba, the championship director for the 2012 PGA Championship, said Friday general admission ($110), as well as Wanamaker Club packages ($500), are expected to go next. The Wanamaker Club includes access to the grounds all seven days as well as to an air-conditioned sports bar-themed pavilion.
Fewer than 200 volunteer positions ($200), which includes uniform as well as tournament access, remained Monday afternoon in contestant transportation and merchandise tent operations.
"The championship rounds will certainly move first and we'll continue to sell the practice rounds until they're gone as well," Sterba said.
Tickets for the practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday of tournament week are $45, Wednesday's practice round is $60, and Thursday and Friday tournament rounds are $110.
"I don't think we could have been happier," Sterba said of Bradley's victory and the brisk sale of tickets. "Another playoff for the second year in a row and having a young rookie that earned the victory with birdies on two of the last three holes to force the playoff. That was pretty clutch.
"We talked with him afterward and he was very excited. His family was taking pictures of him in front of the scoreboard that read 'Congratulations Keegan. See You At The Ocean Course Next Year.' We couldn't be happier with our champion."