Ryder Cup organisers launch service to combat ticket fraud

Ryder Cup organisers have launched an online service dedicated to guarding against ticket fraud ahead of the 2014 edition of the golf tournament, which gets underway at Gleneagles, Scotland on September 23.

The free-to-use Ticket Check website – www.ticketcheck.rydercupeurope.com – enables customers with general admission tickets or ticket inclusive travel and hospitality packages to enter the details of the company from which their tickets were purchased.

As all Ryder Cup tickets are strictly non-transferable and can be traced back to the original purchaser, the website confirms the validity of genuine tickets purchased from an official source.

All tickets bought direct from the RyderCup.com website are valid and will be fulfilled by See Tickets, the Ryder Cup’s official ticket service provider. However, customers with tickets that have been fraudulently sold on or purchased from an unauthorised seller will be warned that their tickets are not valid, potentially resulting in them being turned away at the gates.

Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup director, said: “Unfortunately, a number of unofficial ticket and unofficial hospitality firms are in operation selling tickets that appear to be real but which have been sold on fraudulently. It is also possible that an unofficial hospitality firm has sold accommodation with a ‘promise’ of tickets – as you can only secure official tickets to the event via authorised sources, people in that situation will be turned away. Ticket Check gives consumers the opportunity to report suspected ticket fraud, which we will investigate on behalf of those with concerns.”

More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Europe will be defending the trophy following their victory over the United States at the 2012 tournament at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.