Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tiger, Tony, Tim & Tom: Presence of Tiger Woods and NFL QBs boost Pebble Beach ticket sales
As expected, the announcement that Tiger Woods has committed to play the 2012 AT&T Pro-Am has boosted ticket sales for the event. Tournament director Ollie Nutt told reporters last Tuesday, after the tournament’s media day, that ticket sales are up 35%, and that Saturday, traditionally the busiest day at the tournament, is expected to sell out. The limit for ticket sales is set at 37,500 and current sales are sitting at 34,000 to 35,000.
Pro-am pairings won’t be finalized until February 7th, two days before tournament play begins, but it is pretty much a sure thing that Woods will play with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Romo, a scratch golfer who once tried his hand at the PGA Tour’s Qualifying school, has paired with Woods in past pro-ams. Other star QBs whose names are being mentioned in association with the tournament are Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who may yet play in the Superbowl, and Broncos QB Tim Tebow. Brady is expected to play, and Tebow has been contacted but has yet to commit to the tournament.
Last year’s big story at the AT&T Pro-Am was the joint professional and pro-am victories by PGA Tour player D. A. Points and his partner, long-time AT&T regular, comedian Bill Murray. For 2012, however – at least until play begins on February 9th – the story is Tiger Woods and the three QBs.