P.G.A. Championship Will Proceed Without Fans
Written by B87FM on June 22, 2020
The pattern towards fan-free tournaments gained new momentum on Monday when officers for the P.G.A. Championship introduced that golf’s first main championship this yr would proceed with out spectators from Aug. 6 to 9 at T.P.C. Harding Park in San Francisco.
The choice was made in coordination with officers from the state of California and town and county of San Francisco, bearing in mind the well being and well-being of individuals in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The P.G.A. of America, which conducts the championship, had been contemplating shifting the competitors to a different web site, maybe within the Southeast, though retaining the occasion in San Francisco had all the time been the popular selection. Town final hosted a serious match in 2012, when the US Open was held on the Olympic Membership. It will likely be the primary main golf championship held at T.P.C. Harding Park.
Within the curiosity of the well being & well-being of all concerned, the 2020 #PGAChamp might be performed with out spectators on-site.
“We’re each impressed & honored to play on, grateful to the state of California & town & county of San Francisco for being terrific companions.” Seth Waugh pic.twitter.com/VC1DG4gbh4
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) June 22, 2020
“We’re each impressed and honored to ‘play on,’” mentioned Seth Waugh, the P.G.A. of America’s chief govt. He added: “Whereas the area people can’t be with us bodily on-site, we will definitely carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us as we stage our main championship, on their behalf, for all of the world to see and luxuriate in.”
In an announcement, the P.G.A. of America mentioned it could proceed to watch Covid-19 developments in live performance with native and nationwide public well being authorities.
Final month, Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports events could be played in California starting this month underneath sure situations, like a fan prohibition, and in the event that they had been permitted by well being officers.
There were no fans in attendance when males’s skilled golf, suspended for 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, returned on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Problem in Fort Price.
The P.G.A. Championship, initially scheduled for Might 14 to 17, can be the primary golf main of 2020 contested with out followers however probably not the final. The U.S. Open, which had been set for mid-June until it was moved to Sept. 17 to 20, has additionally mentioned a fan-free occasion on the Winged Foot Golf Membership in Westchester County, N.Y. Officers for the Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., which was postponed from early April to Nov. 12 to 15, have mentioned little about their plans however have privately mentioned numerous contingencies, together with barring spectators.
The P.G.A. of America additionally faces an arduous resolution on how one can conduct the Ryder Cup, a biennial worldwide golf competitors the group additionally sponsors. The occasion, scheduled for late September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, and famend for its boisterous, partisan crowds, might conceivably be held with out followers, however scores of professional golfers have referred to as for the Ryder Cup to be postponed a yr as an alternative. Some players have suggested they won’t play if the occasion’s fairways should not lined with raucous crowds.
At this level, solely the Memorial Event in Dublin, Ohio, scheduled from July 16 to 19, is planning to host a restricted variety of spectators. State officers there permitted a plan that caps the spectators allowed on the course at 8,000 day by day for the occasion.
The PGA Tour final weekend was in Hilton Head Island, S.C., the place the RBC Heritage was also held with out spectators, one thing the tour plans to proceed because it hopscotches in succeeding weeks from Connecticut to Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota.