PGA TOUR Propose Return With Zero Spectator
PGA TOUR has announced plans for tournament golf to return in June, with the first four events of the season’s resumption played behind closed doors.
The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Texas has been confirmed as the first tournament back, being scheduled to take place from June 11-14.
The Memorial, which was to have been played in mid-June, has now been switched to July 16-19 which is the week that was originally occupied by The 149th Open until it was cancelled for this year by the R&A last week.
The WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational will now go ahead four weeks later than scheduled in the final week of July, and the players will then head to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco for the first major of the year – the PGA TOUR Championship.
The remaining schedule as announced last week will then be followed, most likely still behind closed doors, although the 2020/21 season will begin just three days after the Tour Championship concludes in September.
But PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan insisted the tournaments would go ahead only if given the all-clear by public health authorities.
“The health and safety of all associated with the PGA Tour and our global community continues to be our No 1 priority, and our hope is to play a role – responsibly – in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love,” said Monahan in a statement.
“Today’s announcement is another positive step for our fans and players as we look toward the future, but as we’ve stressed on several occasions, we will resume competition only when – working closely with our tournaments, partners and communities – it is considered safe to do so under the guidance of the leading public health authorities.”
The RBC Heritage, which was postponed from April, has been restored to the schedule for the middle of June in the week that should have been for the US Open, but the RBC Canadian Open and The Barbasol Championship – scheduled for June and July respectively – have been cancelled for this year.
The Tour also confirmed that the fields for the Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage and the Memorial Tournament have been increased to 144 players to “provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Tour members.”
The statement added that the four tournaments on the modified schedule would not be open to spectators.