Original article from Kent Live
Golf fans across Kent will be no doubt be searching for last-minute tickets to The 149th Open Golf Championship.
The Open, which will see players from all over the world compete for the Claret Jug, will run at the Royal St George’s Golf Course in Sandwich from Sunday (July 11) to Sunday (July 18).
The event is to be included in the government’s Event Research Programme, enabling The Open to take place with higher capacities than the current COVID-19 step three guidance.
This means crowds of up to 32,000 are expected on each of the Championship days from July 15 to 18, with less expected on the practice days from July 11 to 14.
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But, is it still possible to bag tickets to one of the highly-anticipated sporting events?
Here at KentLive, we've done some digging to find out if it's still possible to attend The Open.
Can I still buy tickets?
The Open website states "no further tickets" for the event are being sold, but "all pre-sold tickets and hospitality experiences will be accommodated on both practice days and championship days".
People who already have tickets to the event will be given them digitally via The Open Tickets App in a bid to reduce physical contact during entry to the venue.
"The Open Tickets App provides a secure means to manage and transfer your tickets, and will also be the place that attendees can complete the required pre-event COVID-19 protocols," the website reads.
When will fans receive their tickets?
Once tickets are ready, all ticket holders and hospitality guests will receive an email inviting them to download The Open Tickets App.
This will be no later than five days before you attend the event.
If you still haven’t received your tickets by this date, contact The Open.
Importantly, if you download The Open Tickets App before receiving your invite e-mail, your tickets will not be available in the app.
If you want to view your valid tickets, you can log into your open.com My Account.
Can I transfer tickets?
Due to coronavirus rules that will be in place at The Open, organisers are asking all ticket holders to have their digital ticket on their own smartphone.
The website explains: "If you have purchased tickets on behalf of guests, friends or family members, please ensure that you transfer each additional ticket to the individual they are intended for ahead of the event.
"The only exception to this is for junior (under 16) ticket holders whose tickets can be kept on the accompanying adult's smartphone."
What if I don't have a smartphone?
Anyone who doesn't have a smartphone must come to the on-site Ticket Office to complete the required COVID-19 protocols that would normally be managed through the app.
This will not apply to junior (under 16) ticket holders.
The lead purchaser of the group must accompany you and provide the following:
1) Proof of purchase (e.g. a printed email/ printed file recap document)
2) Some form of ID (e.g. driver’s license or bank card)
If you had tickets purchased for you and the lead purchaser will not be attending to provide proof of purchase, contact The Open to discuss your entry process.
Ticketholders should contact us The Open on Tickets@TheOpen.com or +44 (0)1334 460010.
Hospitality guests should contact organisers on Hospitality@TheOpen.com or +44 (0)1334 460090.