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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tiger boosts free admission for kids

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Noting the new problems the New York Yankees have had filling the high-priced seats at their new ballpark, Tiger Woods is boosting golf's efforts to attract young fans to go see the game in person at the tournament he's hosting this weekend.

"We don't want to have what happened at Yankee Stadium," Woods said Friday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., site of the AT&T National. "Tickets are so overpriced that you can't bring the family. We want to have everyone come out and enjoy being in a family atmosphere, walk around, have a good time and not have it cost an arm and a leg."

The AT&T National, which Woods hosts, is admitting children under 12 free this week, following suit with a growing trend in golf. Last month's U.S. Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island allowed in kids under 12 for free, as well, and provided reduced rates for teenagers.

The British Open long has had a policy of free admission for kids.

Woods said letting children on the course for free gives them exposure to the game they might otherwise never enjoy.

"Well, I mean, we want to have kids come out here and enjoy golf," Woods said. "A lot of these kids may not have an opportunity to ever be on a golf course or play golf. This is their introduction to the game, and we want it to be memorable. We want them to come out."