FORT WORTH, Texas — The silence that greeted the return of the PGA Tour at Colonial will probably be a well-recognized sound for the primary main of the 12 months.
The PGA of America has submitted plans to carry the PGA Championship at Harding Park with out spectators, and the San Francisco Chronicle experiences public well being officers have authorized it.
An announcement was pending approval by San Francisco officers and was anticipated as early as Tuesday.
It no less than units the PGA Championship for Aug. 6-9 at Harding Park, the general public course alongside a golf panorama close to the Pacific Ocean that features Olympic Membership, Lake Merced, San Francisco Golf Membership and Cal Membership.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down golf for 3 months — the PGA Championship initially was scheduled for Might 14-17 — the PGA of America had been considering choices that included restricted spectators, no spectators and even transferring the championship relying on the well being state of affairs.
Harding Park will host its first main championship, having beforehand been host of two World Golf Championships — one received by Tiger Woods (American Categorical Championship), the opposite by Rory McIlroy (Match Play Championship). It additionally hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009, and now could be a part of the TPC community.
San Francisco final hosted a significant in 2012, when the U.S. Open was held throughout the road at Olympic.
The PGA Tour returned on the Charles Schwab Problem at Colonial with no spectators and hardly any noise aside from makeshift tents at two houses and bleachers constructed at one other residence close to the 16th tee. A dozen or so followers additionally watched from behind a chain-link fence on the entrance 9 alongside the perimeter of Colonial.
As a result of the sector at Colonial was so sturdy and the leaderboard was filled with large names, Xander Schauffele was requested if it felt like a significant after he took the 54-hole lead.
“I believe the followers form of make majors, as effectively, so not having any out here’s a bit difficult,” he stated.
Golf returns with no followers for the primary 5 tournaments, with restricted spectators allowed on the Memorial on July 16-19. That will not final lengthy. The next week is the 3M Open outdoors Minneapolis, which introduced Monday it will not have spectators.
Now that the PGA of America has a plan for its main championship, the subsequent process is the Ryder Cup. A choice is predicted by the tip of the month what to do with the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
A number of gamers, notably McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, have stated it will not be value taking part in this 12 months with out followers as a result of a lot of the ambiance comes from the partisan cheering at golf’s loudest occasion.