PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament to allow limited spectators

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has approved a plan to allow a limited number of spectators to attend the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament next month.

The Memorial – which will be staged at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on July 16-19 – is scheduled to be the first event on the men’s golf circuit to allow fans in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic. More details are expected in the coming week.

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.

The PGA Tour said in a statement: “The news announced today by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is a very positive step for the PGA Tour and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide as it relates to a phased approach in re-introducing a limited number of on-site fans and guests. We very much look forward to the return of spectators on a limited basis at the Memorial Tournament.”

The PGA Tour returns next week with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Professional Bull Riders, World TeamTennis and the National Hot Rod Association drag racing circuit have also announced they will return to competition with limited spectators in July.