A group of 24 servicemen were among the 45,000 spectators who enjoyed watching Europe retain the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles courtesy of The PGA and the Tickets for Troops charity. The charity was established in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events. The PGA also runs a successful Golf Buddy programme, pairing up PGA pros with injured soldiers to help them rehabilitate through golf.
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said the gesture recognised the sacrifice made by people serving their country. “I think it is really important that these guys, who’ve gone on the front line for us, get a little bit back. I think Tickets for Troops is magnificent, I see the guys at soccer matches, and at other major events, and when you see the pleasure the guys get it’s great that The PGA and the Ryder Cup can support them in this way.
“I think The PGA and golf is for everybody and we do a lot for juniors and now we’re doing something for guys who have another life which embraces everybody and that’s always been my wish. Golf is not exclusive, it’s very inclusive and this is proof of it.”