USGA rescinds strict ticket policy


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The USGA received so much heat for not giving rain checks and refunds to Thursday ticket holders at the U.S. Open that executive director David Fay heard about it while pumping gas Thursday evening, then again while getting breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts early Friday morning.

“I’m glad that I had a coat on,” Fay said. “Because the comments weren’t very positive.”

Tickets to the Open are sold by the day, not by the round. So, since each day is sold out, it’s not logistically possible for everyone from Thursday to return for another day of action. But, the USGA came up with a compromise of sorts. Fay said Friday morning at Bethpage Black that all Thursday tickets will be honored for Monday.

It’s too early to speculate, but with an 80 percent chance of showers on Saturday – meaning that there’s a strong possibility of limited action – the USGA could face another ticket dilemma.

“The reality is that we’re sorry those 34,000 fans who came out yesterday didn’t see more golf,” Fay said. “We understand that our ticket policy is both vague and rigid. Certainly in the future we’re going to have to amend our policy to provide more information to the ticket purchasers as to what our policy is.”