The 2018 version of the U.S. Open golf tournament is poised to be the most expensive ticket prices of the decade on the secondary market. According to data from TicketIQ.com, the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., has an average asking price on the secondary market of $357 for a daily ticket.
This year's tourney is $77 more expensive than previous most expensive US Open which was 2013 when ticket prices averaged $280. That U.S. Open featured Phil Mickelson the mix, though Justin Rose was the was the ultimate winner. The victory was Rose's first and only major win to date. Mickelson tied with Justin Day two strokes back.
Among the key drivers for demand is likely that Tiger Woods is in the field. Woods, who has won 14 major titles, hadn't played in a major since 2015 before he played The Masters in April (T32). Woods' last major victory was at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.)
This year marks the fourth time this decade that daily ticket prices on the secondary market are more than $200. The third most expensive ticket on the secondary market was $255 in 2015 at Chambers Bay (University Park, Wash.) and the fourth was $217 at Olympic Country Club's Lake Course (San Francisco, Calif.) in 2012.
Shinnecock Hills will be hosting its fourth U.S. Open and previous winners were Retief Goosen (2004), Corey Pavin (1995) and Raymond Floyd (1986).
For this year's edition, the highest current average asking price is $470 for Saturday, followed by $462 on Friday, $370 Sunday and $127 Thursday. Get-in prices range from $63 on Thursday to $245 Saturday. And ticket availability is limited, with 603 or fewer tickets available on Sunday and only 301 still available for Saturday.
The field includes past champions for the last decade, including defending champion Brooks Koepka, 2016 winner Dustin Johnson and 2015 winner Justin Spieth. Mickelson, Day, Sergio Garcia and fan favorite Bubba Watson are also in the field.