R&A Announces Ecstatic News for Fans Ahead of The Open Championship

Published 06/19/2021, 6:46 AM EDT
May 21, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy reacts to his shot onto the eighteenth green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Golf is a fan-frenzy sport. Thousands of spectators throng to see their favorite players compete whenever there is a professional tournament happening. But the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the severity of the pandemic. But don’t worry. The Open Championship is returning in 2021 and this time there’s terrific news for the fans. 

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The Open Championship is a sacred event. It is obviously the oldest golf tournament in the world, and hence, attracts thousands of fans whenever it takes place in the United Kingdom. 

As for the 2021 edition, the tournament will be played at the Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent, England. With the worrying concerns around the pandemic, fans were bothered if they would not be allowed to attend the 149th Open Championship

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However, the R&A recently delivered the good news in that regard:

R&A to allow 32,000 fans a day at The Open Championship 

St George’s Golf Club is all set to host its 15th Open Championship. The tournament will be played from July 15-18, and the R&A recently announced that it will allow upto 32,000 spectators in a statement. 

“Following the UK Government’s announcement to delay the planned easing of restrictions, we are now actively working with the government and public health authorities, including those in Kent, in the next phase of the Events Research Programme, which will enable a number of events to take place with higher capacities than the current Step 3 guidance,” an excerpt from the statement reads. 

“As a result, we can now confirm that we will be able to welcome up to 32,000 fans on each championship day of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and that this will include those existing ticketholders and hospitality guests who have already purchased tickets.”

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This will certainly excite fans all over England. Well, some of them would be willing to travel from the USA to Europe just for the sake of The Open Championship. 32,000 fans is a lot, considering the current situation. 

The R&A will initially e-mail all existing ticket holders starting today, and start making arrangements for The Open Championship. Since there was no tournament in 2020, Irishman and 2019 winner Shane Lowry will be the defending champion this year. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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