If you want to witness the first-ever Ryder Cup in Wisconsin but haven’t yet gotten around to preregistering for tickets, now is the time to take action.
The preregistration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 13, meaning your opportunity to purchase tickets – if selected in the subsequent random draw – ends that minute.
The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held at Whistling Straits Sept. 25 through 27, when 12-man teams from the United States and Europe square off in three days of match play competition on the Kohler Co.-owned course in the Town of Haven.
Steve Stricker, an Edgerton native and Madison resident, is captain of the U.S. team.
Jason Mengel, championship director for the 43rd Ryder Cup, declined to reveal the number of people who already have preregistered for the estimated 50,000 tickets that will be available daily for practice and competition rounds, though he did say it was a record for a domestic Ryder Cup.
“What I can tell you is that we’ve had preregistrations from all 50 states and over 150 countries around the world,” he said. “Much of Europe, obviously, but we’ve also had registrations from countries such as Egypt, Fiji and Bangladesh.”
Those who preregister at RyderCup.com will find out next month if they were selected in the random ticket draw. They then will have the option to purchase tickets.
The Ryder Cup, which alternates between Europe and the U.S. every two years, promises to outstrip the three PGA Championships previously held at Whistling Straits and the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills as the biggest and most lucrative golf event ever held in Wisconsin.
The Ryder Cup is expected to generate an economic impact of $135 million, nearly doubling the $76.9 million economic impact for the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Six chalet villages will be built on the course, each with multiple tents for corporate hospitality; four of the villages are sold out. Hotels in Sheboygan, Milwaukee, the Fox Cities and Green Bay will be booked and locals will be able to rent out their homes for the week through Rent Like a Champion, a short-term housing site. More than 30,000 people registered for 4,000 volunteer positions.
Some 500 million households around the world will tune in to watch 27 hours of international television coverage of the 2020 Ryder Cup. In 2018, the Ryder Cup in France generated more than 22 billion social media impressions.
Spectator walkways have been widened at Whistling Straits to better accommodate large galleries and several huge video boards will be erected.
“We’re making it a little more of a stadium atmosphere in some aspects,” Mengel said. “It will be a much different experience than any of the PGA Championships that have been here.”
Stricker already has visited Whistling Straits and will work with Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America’s chief championships officer, on course set-up. Stricker said earlier this year that he would follow the model used at Hazeltine National Club in Chaska, Minn., where the U.S. beat Europe, 17-11, in 2016.
Europe, however, has won four of the last five Ryder Cups and nine of the last 12 dating to 1995.
Wisconsin has played host to seven major championships for men and women since the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run, but Mengel said he has seen no signs of “major fatigue” in a state that is fast becoming a Midwest golf mecca.
“We’ve seen a record number of volunteers, a record number of (ticket) applicants for a domestic Ryder Cup and certainly a great amount of excitement,” he said. “So, no, we haven’t seen that.”