After a disappointing event for the US side in 2018, the Ryder Cup returns to the Midwest in 2020. The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup will be contested at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, September 22-27, 2020.
Ticket registration is now open for the 2020 Ryder Cup and golf fans interested in attending this biennial competition between the top professional golfers from the U.S. and Europe can register at RyderCup.com through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 13, 2019, for the opportunity to purchase tickets through the PGA of America’s random selection process.
“The Ryder Cup is one of the few sporting events in the world where the ticket demand requires a random selection process in order to give everyone a fair shot at witnessing sports history firsthand,” said Jason Mengel, Director for the 2020 Ryder Cup. “We encourage everyone with interest in Ryder Cup tickets to fill out the registration form online, as the number of individual inquiries we’ve received about our Random Selection Process indicate record-setting demand. We wish all registrants the best of luck.”
Options and pricing for 2020 Ryder Cup tickets will be announced later in the summer. Once the process is complete in October of 2019, all applicants will be notified via email whether or not they have been randomly selected for the opportunity to purchase tickets.
Whistling Straits features two 18-hole championship golf courses, The Straits and The Irish, that are located in Sheboygan. The Straits course hosted the 2004 PGA Championship that was won by Vijay Singh, the 2010 PGA Championship, which was won by Martin Kaymer and the 2015 PGA Championship, won by Jason Day.
Whistling Straits is a public facility that is a component of Destination Kohler, that also includes two courses at nearby Blackwolf Run. Legendary golf course architect Pete Dye designed both courses at Whistling Straits, as well as both courses at Blackwolf Run.
The Ryder Cup was contested in 2012 in the Chicagoland area at Medinah Country Club. In what was called the “Miracle at Medinah”, Team Europe staged one of golf’s greatest comebacks to win the 39th Ryder Cup.
Despite the disappointing outcome for the US side, the 2012 Ryder Cup in Chicago was considered a huge success. The gripping action of the event attracted a massive TV audience along with over 200,000 spectators at Medinah Country Club throughout the week.
Many of the stars from 2012 are expected to return for Europe in 2020 at Whistling Straits including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari. Although 2020 European captain Padraig Harrington was not a part of the contest in 2012, US captain Steve Stricker was a central figure in the defeat, finishing with an 0-4 record.
Stricker certainly hopes to produce a different result in 2020 in his home state of Wisconsin where he grew up playing at Lake Ripley Country Club in Cambridge and at the Edgerton Towne Country Club in Edgerton. In 2010 Stricker was part of the Ryder Cup in Wales, where he finished 3-1 and in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club, where he posted an 0-2-1 record.
The PGA of America will be offering Active Duty, Military Retirees*, Active Reserve, National Guard and their accompanying spouse/partner complimentary grounds tickets during the Ryder Cup Practice Days, Tuesday thru Thursday. Complimentary military tickets will be available regardless of a sellout, Tuesday thru Thursday only. *Career-retired with twenty years of qualifying military service and Department of Defense ID.
Juniors 17 years of age and younger will also receive free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult during practice rounds, Tuesday through Thursday – September 22-24, 2020. Each ticketed adult will be permitted two junior grounds admissions per day at no additional charge.
Junior tickets will be available on-site at the Admission Sales & Will Call Office at the Ryder Cup main entrance on the day of admission. No registration is necessary. Junior tickets cannot be obtained in advance and will be available regardless of a sellout.