Tournament organizers hoped to allow fans to enter, but finally confirmed that it will be held behind closed doors.
He 2020 U.S. PGA Championship It will take place between August 6 and 9 without the presence of spectators. He TPC Harding Park San Francisco will host the tournament, which was originally scheduled for May 14, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The city of San Francisco and the PGA made a joint announcement Monday to confirm that fans will not be able to attend, with the goal of ensuring “the health and well-being of everyone involved.”
That came after the PGA consulted closely with the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco, although they initially hoped to allow spectators to enter.
Brooks Koepka is the defending champion of the American PGA. He won the tournament for the second year in a row when he triumphed at Bethpage Black in May 2019.
The rescheduled event will be played before the United States Open, which moved to September, while the Masters was postponed to November and the Open Championship was canceled.
“We are inspired and honored to play again. In doing so, we will highlight not only the beauty of TPC Harding Park, but the strength of San Francisco and its remarkable people. We would like to thank the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco for being great partners in helping us get to this place, “said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.
He added: “While the local community cannot physically be with us on site, we will certainly carry their spirit of resistance and unity with us as we organize our grand championship, on their behalf, for everyone to see and enjoy. “
The PGA Tour has held two events behind closed doors since competition resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson triumphed in the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage respectively.
In the interest of the health & well-being of all involved, the 2020 #PGAChamp will be played without spectators on-site.
“We are both inspired & honored to play on, grateful to the state of California & the city & county of San Francisco for being terrific partners.” Seth Waugh pic.twitter.com/VC1DG4gbh4
– PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) June 22, 2020
Photo: Getty Images