Muirfield Village to stage back-to-back PGA Tour events

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Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, is widely expected to host back-to-back events on the PGA Tour this summer following the recent cancellation of the John Deere Classic.

It was announced late last month that the John Deere Classic would no longer be part of the revised PGA Tour schedule due to local gathering restrictions in Illinois amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Now the event, which is set for July 9-12, is due to take place at Muirfield Village, which will host the Memorial Tournament the following week, on July 16-19.

Computer software company Workday has agreed to title-sponsor the tournament, which will feature a 156-player field. The name of the event and the size of the purse have not yet been disclosed. An official announcement is expected this week.

Workday was a presenting sponsor at last year’s Desert Classic at La Quinta, while the California-based firm also endorses multiple PGA Tour players, including Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, and Matt Fitzpatrick.

The move to stage back-to-back events at the same course will allow participants to stay in a “bubble” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and help with the various logistics. According to reports, spectators could be allowed at the Memorial but not the first event at Muirfield Village.

In a similar move, the United States Tennis Association is planning to host the Cincinnati Masters and US Open back-to-back at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

The PGA is scheduled to return next week with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.