Angry golf fans are denouncing the ‘disgusting’ and ‘outrageous’ price of booze at this week’s PGA Championship with an $18 can of beer in Oklahoma… as former world No. 1 Justin Thomas tells organizers that they have to treat crowds “better than that”
- Golf fans were disgusted by the price of booze at the PGA Championship
- They will be charged $18 (£14.50) for a beer in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Former winner Justin Thomas says organizers need to treat fans ‘better than that’
- You’ll also pay $16 (£13) for a Caesar salad and $14 (£11) for a cheeseburger.
With temperatures expected to soar above 32 degrees in Tulsa on Thursday, many of the thousands of golf fans attending the PGA Championship will want a cold beer to quench their thirst.
But you can imagine their fury when charged $18 (£14.50) for a can at concession stands dotted around the Southern Hills Country Club this weekend.
The prices have caused outrage among golf fans with crowds urged to shell out $18 (£14.50) for a 25oz can of Michelob Ultra and $19 (£15.35) for a Stella Artois.
Golf fans were disgusted by the price of booze at the PGA Championship this weekend
Top golfers are due to play at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week
Meanwhile, a glass of wine costs $13 (£10.50) and a cocktail will set you back up to $19.
Former PGA Championship winner and Ryder Cup star Justin Thomas threw his weight behind frustrated fans, telling organizers they had to treat them “better than that”.
The 29-year-old tweeted: ‘$18 (!!!!!!!) for a beer…uhhhh what. Gotta treat the fans better than that!”
It’s not just alcohol that will blow your wallet. A large bottle of water would cost fans $6 (£4.85) while a bottle of popular soft drink Gatorade would cost $7 (£5.65).
The price is a far cry from the Masters, golf’s most iconic tournament, where they asked fans to pay $5 (£4) for a beer at Augusta National earlier this year.
And while the drink prices are sky-high, the dining options around the course will likely drain your bank account in Oklahoma.
Former world number 1 Justin Thomas slammed organizers over the price of alcohol at the event
Former PGA Championship winner Thomas says organizers need to treat fans ‘better than that’
You’ll pay $16 (£13) for a chicken Caesar salad, $8 (£6.50) for a hot dog and $14 (£11) for a cheeseburger. Even a packet of crisps costs $3 (£2.40).
A fan responded to Thomas by commenting: ‘JT…..you are playing for over 9 million this week. Where exactly does this money come from?
“TV deals, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, etc.,” he replied. “On the face of it, if the concession stands factored into our purse, we’d be playing for $15 million.”
Fans were furious with the news on social media, with some calling the awards “outrageous” and “disgusting”.
@ShmileC wrote: “This is outrageous and I hope fans don’t attend because of this price valuation, sporting events are no longer affordable for an average family and it will only get worse if the fans don’t take a stand”.
@DavePalm66 agreed, posting: ‘This is disgusting!!!! I would never watch a tournament like that what a scam!!!
“I go back a few years ago but was lucky enough to go for a practice round in Augusta and what a fan experience it was and the beers were $3 and the pulled pork sandwiches $2 or $3, I’m sure”.
Another fan commented, “No wonder newcomers to golf think it’s a pretentious sport. No wonder its appeal to less affluent demographics is fading. High costs, fancy sponsors and exclusivity have ruined one of my favorite hobbies.
The tournament lost one of its big names on Wednesday when Bryson DeChambeau pulled out after trying to come back from a hand injury.
DeChambeau was in Tulsa earlier in the week to assess whether he was ready to compete in the PGA Tour’s second major of the season.
The 28-year-old, who won the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, missed the cut at the Masters with a 12 from 36 holes.
He underwent surgery on his left wrist on April 14 to repair a broken hamate bone. A month later, he posted a video of his full swing – seemingly at full power – hitting golf balls into a net in his backyard.
But this week, DeChambeau took the class with his left hand and wrist heavily bandaged and has now decided not to play.