PGA Championship to be Held at TPC Harding Park Without Fans
The first major of 2020, the PGA Championship, will be held at TPC Harding Park in San Fransisco without any spectators in attendance.
The event was originally scheduled to take place from May 14-17, and was rescheduled to August 6-9 due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
After carefully considering various other options for multiple months, including hosting the tournament at other courses across the United States such as Quail Hollow in North Carolina and Valhalla in Kentucky, the PGA of America announced on Monday the decision to continue to host the tournament in San Fransisco.
The verdict was made in conjunction with both officials from the state of California and local officials from the county and city of San Francisco.
“We are thrilled to welcome the PGA Championship to San Francisco,” said San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, in a statement to the media. “We are able to safely take this step toward reopening because of the ongoing sacrifices of our citizens, the continued committed work of our healthcare workers and the early action we took to battle COVID-19.”
While coronavirus cases are on the rise across California, the San Fransisco has seen its cases increase at a rate much lower than the rest of the state, particularly Southern California. There are currently 3,219 cases in San Fransisco County with 48 deaths, numbers far lower than Los Angeles County’s 78,227 cases and 3,027 deaths as of Thursday.
“We are both inspired and honored to ‘play on,'” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “In doing so, we will spotlight not only the beauty of TPC Harding Park, but the fortitude of San Francisco and it’s remarkable people. We’d like to thank the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco for being terrific partners in helping us get to this place. While the local community cannot be with us physically on-site, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us as we stage our major championship, on their behalf, for all the world to see and enjoy.”
Prior to the statement, there were rumors suggesting that the PGA of America might allow a lesser amount of spectators to enter the grounds, due to the Memorial tournament in Ohio allowing for approximately 8,000 fans at a tournament 3 weeks earlier than the PGA Championship. The Memorial will be the first tournament on the PGA’s schedule to allow fans in attendance.
After the PGA, the next major championship will be the US Open scheduled for September 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York, and the Masters scheduled for November 12-15. The Open Championship has been canceled for 2020.
Aidan Dial is currently a freshman at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. An avid sports fan and golf fanatic, he is most interested in the NBA, NFL, and PGA Tour, though Aidan enjoys watching all sports. He is a sports analyst for At the Buzzer.