PGA Tour to finish 2019-20 season without spectators

(Credit: Getty Images)

The PGA Tour will close out its revised 2019-20 schedule without any spectators in attendance in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The regular-season ending Wyndham Championship and three FedEx Cup playoff events – the Northern Trust, BMW Championship, and Tour Championship – all confirmed they would be closed to the general public.

“Our No. 1 priority remains the health and safety of everyone in the communities where we are invited,” said PGA Tour’s chief of tournaments Andy Pazder in a statement.

This week’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, had been initially due to have fans but those plans were scrapped due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the coronavirus crisis.

US cases of the virus continue to surge in many parts of the country, including the Tour’s home state of Florida.

The announcement does not directly affect the men’s golf majors. The PGA Championship, which is scheduled for August 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, has already confirmed that spectators are not allowed.

It remains unclear if fans will be allowed at the postponed US Open (September 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York) and Masters (November 12-15 in Augusta, Georgia) later this year.

Tiger Woods taking part in his first official event since February at the Memorial Tournament this week, which is likely to lead to spike fan interest.