The world’s best golfers in Austin for Dell Match Play


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The best golfers in the world are in Austin right now for the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play.

The parings are set, now the pros have one more day to practice before the action begins tomorrow. The event is expected to draw in roughly 10,000 people a day.

The Match sold out in record time with a lot of buzz around this year’s tournament. Many people are now selling their tickets online, but be prepared to pay the big bucks. Craigslist has weekly passes up to $1,100. When tickets originally went on sale in September they were $375.

Golfers flock to the course to warm up for Dell Match Play (KXAN Photo/ Chris Tavarez)

There are a lot of hands on deck for the event with numerous volunteers making sure everything runs smoothly. Alicia Inns spoke with the tournament director who said the overwhelming support is not only from Dell, but a lot of local businesses and community members.

Last year, the PGA tour gave $160 million to charity. This year, five local charities will benefit from the tournament.

The contract with Dell and the Austin country club lasts for four years and officials say it will come with a lot of lessons.

“All the leadership that’s involved in making this possible, well sit down after the event and decide what worked and what didn’t work. And thats the fun part about project management and PGA tour golf is that a lot of this stuff is temporary so we can adjustments year in and yea out to make it better.”

Even though tickets are sold out, you can still add you name to a wait list; a strategy the tournament is trying out this year.

Match Play Parking

To avoid a parking headache you might want to leave early for the championship. Most people who bought tickets will park in a designated spot, then take a shuttle to the Austin County Club. Those who live in the area say they wan’t hesitate to tow cars that don’t belong.

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