PGA Tour events could restart "without fans"

PGA Tour plans to meet with the players advisory council today...

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Tue, 14 Apr 2020
PGA Tour events could restart "without fans"

The PGA Tour has revealed in its latest memo to players that tournaments could restart again at the end of May but with the prospect of no fans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The memo, which was obtained by Golf Channel this week, outlined the PGA Tour's plans to meet with the players advisory council later today (March 14) to discuss the potential impact on playing opportunities and eligibility.

It is rumoured the Charles Schwab Challenge in the last week of May could be the best possible chance of a restart on the PGA Tour, but much of that depends on the spread of COVID-19 over the coming weeks. 

"We are evaluating other options that allow us to preserve the maximum number of events we can while giving us more time as the crisis evolves," read the PGA Tour memo.

It also added that tournaments could continue "with or without fans."

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The memo added: "We understand many of you may be impacted by travel restrictions and/or the inability to practice in your area, thus we want to be able to give you as much time as possible to allow you to come back fully prepared."

We will have more information from today's meeting as and when we have it. 

The memo follows last week's news that The Masters at Augusta National has been rescheduled for November, with the US Open moving to September and the US PGA Championship to August. 

"We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon favorable counsel and direction from health officials," said Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley.

"Provided that occurs and we can conduct the 2020 Masters, we intend to invite those professionals and amateurs who would have qualified for our original April date and welcome all existing ticket holders to enjoy the excitement of Masters week."

The Open, however, has been cancelled for 2020 and will take place at Royal St George's next year, with future Open venues being pushed back or rearranged moving forwards.