The 2005 PGA Championship, contested at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. was one of the wildest majors ever.
Phil Mickelson won in a dramatic Monday finish that was forced by a violent thunder-and-lightning storm that sent golfers and fans scurrying off the course on Sunday. Mickelson hit a flop shot out of the deep rough to about two feet, then made the putt to beat Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn by a shot.
Tiger Woods — after surviving a poor opening round, a possible cheating scandal and a local golf pro mistakenly parking in his designated spot as a defending champion — remained in contention until the end. He finished tied for fifth.
Brutal heat and humidity smothered the golfers all week, and one fan was badly injured when a large tree limp snapped.
And now Baltusrol is ready to do it all over again: The PGA of America has opened the lottery for tickets to the 2016 PGA Championship, which is returning to the storied club.
Fans are required to complete the free online registration at PGAChampionship.com prior to Aug. 17, to be eligible to purchase tickets during the public sale.
Fans who register the earliest will have the best shot at tickets, the PGA said. Fans will be placed into groups based on the date they register. Several ticket
categories for previous PGA Championships have sold out in advance, according to the PGA.
The 2016 packages include:
• The Wanamaker Club Ticket Package (one ticket for all seven days, $575) provides access to the grounds and Wanamaker Club all seven days of the 2016 PGA Championship. The Wanamaker Club is a pavilion located in close proximity to the Lower Course. Amenities include air conditioning, televisions, an outdoor patio, restrooms, and food and beverage options available for purchase.
• Individual daily grounds tickets will be available for practice rounds on Monday ($25), Tuesday ($30) and Wednesday ($35); and for all tournament rounds on Thursday ($90), Friday ($100), Saturday ($115) and Sunday ($115).
Fans 17 and younger will be admitted into the grounds free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult will be permitted four junior grounds admissions per day at no additional charge. Junior tickets will be available at the main entrance on the day of admission. No registration is necessary. Junior tickets cannot be obtained in advance and will be available regardless of a sellout.
Complimentary grounds access are also available for select military personnel (Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense Civilians with ID and accompanying spouses).
The 2005 event was the first PGA Championship played at Baltusrol, which had hosted seven U.S. Opens.