Tickets now available for 39th Ryder Cup Gala featuring band Chicago, Timberlake

Fans can now purchase tickets to the 39th Ryder Cup Gala, which will feature appearances by both teams as well as Grammy Award®-Winning band Chicago, Team USA ambassador Justin Timberlake and comedian George Lopez.

MEDINAH, Ill. (July 30, 2012) -- The PGA of America is pleased to announce that general public tickets are now available for the 39th Ryder Cup Gala on September 26, 2012, at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, Ill.

The Ryder Cup Gala will showcase the 2012 U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams in spectacular fashion and provide the only opportunity for fans to see this talented group of players together outside the grounds of historic Medinah (Ill.) Country Club. The Ryder Cup, golf's most patriotic and prestigious international team competition, will take place Sept. 25-30 at Medinah.

Following red carpet arrivals with this year's Ryder Cup teams and other celebrities from the sports world, the Gala will include appearances by U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal and world-class entertainment, including music from the Grammy Award®-winning band Chicago and comedian George Lopez. As the first-ever Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Justin Timberlake will also appear at the Gala. Various Windy City icons and other special guests will also be announced prior to the event.

The event will begin at 8:30 p.m. CDT, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Ryder Cup Gala range in price from $200 to $300 and are available to the general public at or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

"We are very excited to celebrate the 39th Ryder Cup with this Gala event, which will provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience with the Ryder Cup Captains, teams, Justin Timberlake and the iconic band Chicago," said 2012 Ryder Cup Director Michael Belot. "It will be an unforgettable evening celebrating global golf, the Chicagoland area and all things Ryder Cup. This is a high-demand event, so I would encourage all interested fans to purchase their tickets today and secure their spot at the Gala."

The event will be produced by IMG Media. Executive Producers of the gala will be Bob Holmes and Steve Mayer.

About the 2012 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 84 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.


About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About Chicago

Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In Billboard Magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. The line-up on tour will include original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Wally Reyes on percussion. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 33 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. Chicago has generously supported other charitable causes in the past.  For the 17th straight year, Chicago has donated a portion of ticket sales to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure to the fatal children's disease, Niemann-Pick Type C.  The band also donates an additional portion of ticket sales to help raise money for Hannah & Friends, which works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.  Hannah & Friends is the personal mission of Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis, the current coach at the University of Kansas.

About IMG

IMG Media operates from over 30 international offices and distributes content around the world across all media platforms. IMG Media produces 6,000 hours of programming annually, including the New York City Marathon, The Masters, PGA Championship, ATP/WTZ Tennis, Wimbledon, The British Open Golf Championship, and Premier League Soccer. The events that IMG Media has produced in the past year include NHL All-Star Draft, NHL All-Star Skills Competition, NHL All-Star Pre-Game, Pro-Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cartoon Network's Hall of Game Awards, ING NYC Marathon, New York Giants Pre-Game and Halftime Entertainment, and network specials including Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials and the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular.