PGA Championship to go ahead without spectators

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The PGA Championship is expected to tee off as scheduled on August 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, but the golf major will take place without any fans in attendance.

The tournament was postponed from its original May dates in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, local health officials have signed off on the PGA of America’s plans to stage the tournament in August. However, due to state protocols in California, spectators will not be allowed on site. An official announcement is expected on June 16.

Up to 40,000 spectators a day had been expected at TPC Harding Park.

The PGA Tour made its return from the coronavirus crisis at the weekend, with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

The tournament was a domestic television ratings hit. According to CBS Sports, the final round averaged 3.091 million viewers, which represented an increase of 50 per cent from last year, and continuing a broad ratings surge for live and original sports content during the public health crisis. It was also the tournament’s most-watched final round in 16 years.

The PGA Tour’s first event with limited spectators is scheduled to be the Memorial Tournament, which will be staged at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on July 16-19.

A separate PGA Tour event, replacing the canceled John Deere Classic, will be held the week prior at Muirfield Village as part of a doubleheader but no fans will be allowed.

That tournament will officially be named the Workday Charity Open, the PGA Tour has announced.