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R&A Warns Fans Against 'Unofficial' Open Tickets

Ahead of next year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, the R&A is warning spectators not to fall victim to misleading sales practices by unofficial operators selling tickets and hospitality products.

Golf’s most prestigious championship returns to the Southport links from July 16-23, 2017, with fans advised to be vigilant and to carefully scrutinise all ticket and hospitality packages before making a purchase.

In light of concerns about the mis-selling of tickets and hospitality packages, the R&A has reviewed and updated its admissions policy and fans will not be permitted to re-enter the venue after leaving Royal Birkdale.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the executive director of championships at the R&A, said: “The Open is a tremendous celebration of sport and we are committed to providing a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone that attends.

“In recent years, we have received numerous complaints from spectators who have been misled when purchasing packages from suppliers looking to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the Open. This includes hospitality packages advertised as being on-course when they are, in fact, located a number of miles away from the venue, or tickets sold by third-party resellers that provide no guarantee of entry to the course.

“We are working closely with a number of partners, including Merseyside Police, to ensure that fraud-prevention measures are in place and our fans are protected.”

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