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The R&A has started the countdown to the 150th Open Championship with the introduction of a ticket ballot that is designed to ensure the “most equitable ticket sales process”.

The 150th edition of golf’s oldest professional championship is scheduled to take place at St Andrews from July 14-17, 2022. With demand to attend this historic occasion expected to be high, the R&A has decided that a ballot is the fairest way to distribute the tickets to golf fans from around the globe.

“This is a momentous occasion for golf as well as the Open and one which sports fans everywhere are looking forward to enormously,” explained Martin Slumbers, the chief executive of the R&A.

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“The 150th Open will give fans the opportunity to be part of a unique and unparalleled celebration at the birthplace of the game in St Andrews.

“We expect exceptional demand to be part of these celebrations and the ballot will give as many fans as possible the chance to secure a ticket and be part of history being made at one of the world’s most revered and renowned sporting events.”

The ticket ballot will run July 1, 2021, to October 4, 2021, giving as many fans as possible the opportunity to register for tickets. A balance of allocations will ensure every generation of fan, from all over the world, as well as throughout the UK and the local area, will be able to attend the celebrations in St Andrews.

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The R&A has also launched new commemorative branding for the 150th Open that will be displayed across a variety of content and marketing materials over the next 14 months. The focus of the campaign will be “the remarkable journey of the championship and its enduring impact on players, fans and the sport of golf itself.”

Tickets for the 150th Open will be £95 for an adult on championship days and will range from £20 to £50 on practice days. Children under the age of 16 will be admitted free of charge, with 16 to 24-year-olds benefitting from half-price youth tickets. Weekly passes are being discontinued.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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