Tiger Woods celebrates as he wins the Tour Championship on the 18th green during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
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Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

PGA changes parking plan for Tour Championship in Atlanta

To avoid being subpar, the PGA is changing where fans can park this year for the upcoming Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Those attending the final tournament of the season can park and catch shuttles at the Georgia World Congress Center Marshalling Yard from Wednesday through Sunday or at a lot owned by the city of College Park from Friday through Sunday, the organization announced Monday. The daily price for parking is $15 and $10, respectively.

Fans must buy parking passes in advance through the ParkMobile app. The passes include shuttle rides to East Lake Golf Club, located near where Memorial Drive meets Candler Road. The club has hosted the tournament since 2005.


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The tournament requires 6,000 parking spots, said Allison Fillmore, tournament executive director, Tuesday. The GWCC will have 2,000 spaces and the College Park lot will hold the other 4,000 vehicles.

In years past, fans would park at Georgia State Stadium (the old Turner Field) and take a shuttle, but construction on the lot caused the PGA to look for other spaces.

The new parking plan isn’t this year’s only change.

Last year, legendary golfer Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship, his first win in five years, amid a mob of fans. But it was Justin Rose who walked away with the FedEx Cup and $10 million.

But this year, for the first time, the winner of the Tour Championship will also be awarded the FedEx Cup (oh, and $15 million).


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The 30 golfers with the most points accumulated over the season get to compete in the tournament, and many fans hope Woods — currently No. 28 — will make it back. Either way, Fillmore said, the new system eliminates the confusion of two winners and adds prestige on the tournament.

It seems like people are buying it — literally.

Fillmore said tickets sales are up 15% from this time a year ago, and they expect a record-breaking 100,000 total attendees.


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Billy Reid, 14-year-old from Palm Beach Gardens High Schools is a participant at The First Tee of the Palm Beaches and was a special guest at The First Tee and The PGA TOUR’s exclusive sneak peek of The First Tee Experience on Monday, May 7, 2018. At the end of the event, Billy won a golf simulator driving competition between the former golf commissioner, Tim Finchem, Monahan and Dawkins and then was treated to a day at THE PLAYERS with the PGA TOUR pros.

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