The R&A have confirmed the number of fans that will be allowed to attend the Open at Royal St George's

If you follow anyone that works at Royal St George’s on social media this will come as little surprise to you – but now the R&A have confirmed just how many fans will be allowed at the Open in July.

Golf’s oldest major was due to be held on the Kent coast last year, and while the PGA Tour returned in June without fans – including the delayed Masters, PGA Championship, and US Open – it was a different story on this side of the Atlantic and the decision was made to postpone the 149th edition.

Excitement has grown in recent weeks as photos from Royal St George’s emerge of the grandstands being erected, particularly around the 1st tee and 18th green.

The R&A announced in February that the Open would go ahead with or without fans, and last month added that a “significant number” of fans would be allowed in.

Now they can put a number on it.

A statement read: “Following the announcement to delay the planned easing of restrictions, we are now actively working with the Government and public health authorities, including those in Kent, in the next phase of the Events Research Programme, which will enable a number of events to take place with higher capacities than the current Step 3 guidance.  

“As a result, we can now confirm that we will be able to welcome up to 32,000 fans on each championship day of the 149th Open at Royal St George’s and that this will include those existing ticketholders and hospitality guests who have already purchased tickets.  

“Our end goal is to stage a fantastic Open at Royal St George’s and give our fans and players something to be genuinely excited about this summer. Continuing to ensure the health and safety of all of those attending remains our highest priority. 

“We will be emailing all existing ticket holders and hospitality guests to confirm the arrangements for the 149th Open this afternoon, including the requirements for Covid status certification.”

Reigning Open champion Shane Lowry will defend the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s from July 15-18.

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