2016 PGA Championship Is Most Expensive in Four Years

Professional golf's biggest names will flock to Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey for the 98th annual PGA Championship this week, and for those with plans of attending one of the four days of the season's final major, expect to pay up on the secondary market.

The average resale price for 2016 PGA Championship tickets on TicketIQ is now $259.14. That makes it the most expensive PGA Championship since at least 2012, when tickets averaged $229.94 across all four individual days. Since that year, no other PGA Championship has come even close to surpassing the $200 average.

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As it stands now, Thursday's session will be the most expensive individual day to attend. The average price for tickets on Thursday is currently $532.97 and the cheapest ticket is listed from $114. While Friday actually posts the highest get-in price of the tournament at $139, its average price drops nearly 17% from Thursday to $444.13.

Interestingly enough, Saturday and Sunday will be the cheapest days of the tournament in terms of both average and get-in price. As the competition increases, Saturday's session owns an average resale price of $266.20, down more than 40% from Friday. The cheapest ticket is listed from $95. Sunday welcomes the least expensive price points of the tournament at a $208.56 average and $84 get-in price.

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This year's tournament will be held several weeks earlier than its usual early-to-mid-August tee time. The move was made to counter the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, which kicks off in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. Among the 156-player field at Baltusrol this year will be 13 former PGA Champions, including Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and 2015 champion Jason Day. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stense will also compete.

Though typically held on the east coast, 2016 will be just the third time the PGA Championship makes its way to New Jersey in its 100-year history. It was last held there in 2005, where Phil Mickelson won the second major of his career in a thrilling one-shot victory over Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn.

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