WITH Tiger Woods due to appear at the Australian Masters in November, organisers have warned rip off merchants are already trying to take advantage of the heightened interest in the event.
Masters organiser IMG has warned fans not to be misled by websites and ticket brokers offering unofficial tournament tickets for purchase.
They say several websites are presenting daily entry tickets to the 2009 Australian Masters at excessive prices, although tickets have yet to be released for sale.
Tournament Director, Marcus Gale has cautioned fans not to purchase tickets at highly inflated prices under the false pretence that they are from an official source.
“The general level of interest in the Australian Masters is unprecedented but fans should be aware that we have yet to launch ticket sales or announce pricing,” he said.
“We want to make this event accessible and provide the best possible experience for spectators. We urge anyone interested in purchasing a ticket to visit the tournament website and register their interest on the official ticket waitlist.”
The Australian Masters has appointed Ticketek as the official ticket agency for the next three years. Tickets for the 2009 tournament at Kingston Heath Golf Club will be released for sale in early June and will be available through the website www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
For interstate and international visitors, IMG has appointed “Event Travel Office” as the official travel operator for the Australian Masters. General Manager, Andrew Coplestone said; “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for us and for Melbourne, a record number of people are expected to come to the Masters this year to watch the tournament from around the country and from overseas.”
Travel Packages will go on sale on Monday 4th May and can be accessed via the travel link on www.australianmasters.com.au or by calling toll free inside Australia 1300 300 756.
Organisers suggest that to receive more information regarding the release date for tickets to see Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy and other leading players at the Australian Masters place your name on the ticket waitlist at www.australianmasters.com.au.
The Australian Masters will be held at Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 12 to 15.