US Open to feature limited spectators but vaccine required for non-residents

California residents will be required to show proof of vaccination at least 14 days before the event or a negative test, while those visiting from outside the state must be vaccinated.

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021

US Open to feature limited spectators but vaccine required for non-residents

The USGA has confirmed that both the US Open and the US Women's Open will feature a limited number of spectators, but Covid vaccinations will play a role in determining who will get to watch the action at both events.

Last year's US Open at Winged Foot won by Bryson DeChambeau went ahead without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak, but fans will return to the major this year as COVID restrictions start to ease.

The US Women's Open is set to take place June 3-6 at The Olympic Club, whilst the US Open takes to Torrey Pines a few weeks later from June 17-20, where strict Covid protocols will still be in place to keep players, staff and spectators safe, such as face coverings and social distancing.

California residents will be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the event, or show a negative Covid test, whilst vaccinations will be mandatory for those travelling to the state for the tournaments.

"Last year, we missed the energy that fans bring to our U.S. Open championships," said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships.

"We are grateful to our local and state health and safety officials in California to be in a position to welcome some fans back this year to witness the greatest players in the world contending for these prestigious championships, while working to maintain the health and safety of all involved."

The exact number of fans that will be allowed to spectate the US Open is yet to be confirmed, with the USGA continuing to monitor developments with the state of California.

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