The very first significant championship to be contested 2020, the PGA Championship, is played in San Francisco’s Harding Park but without audiences.
The PGA of America announced the decision on Monday after spending weeks contemplating different situations, including transferring the tournament to a different place such as Valhalla at Kentucky or even Quail Hollow at North Carolina. It was waiting on condition health officials, that decided that the event could proceed but with lovers.
The company made a decision to stay with its first website for the rescheduled championship to be played Aug. 6-9. The PGA was initially scheduled for May 14-17 but had been rescheduled as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re equally encouraged and motivated to’play ,'” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “In doing this, we’ll highlight not just the attractiveness of TPC Harding Park, however, the fortitude of both San Francisco and its remarkable men and women. We’d love to thank the state of California along with the county and city of San Francisco to be excellent partners in helping people reach the location. While the neighborhood cannot be with us on-site, we’ll surely fulfill their spirit of unity and tranquility with us since we point our main championship, in their behalf, for all the world to view and revel in.”
The PGA of America will continue to track COVID-19 improvements and work in concert with the state of California and San Francisco county and city public health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention throughout Championship Week.
Early plans called for the PGA to sponsor around 40,000 audiences every day in Harding Park, that hasn’t been the site of a significant championship but is where Rory McIlroy won the WGC-Match Play Championship at 2015, at which the U.S. conquered the worldwide team in the 2009 Presidents Cup and in which Tiger Woods won in a playoff John Daly in the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship.
Tournament organizers had stopped building on grandstands along with other infrastructure at March following stay-at-home requests from San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the PGA Championship into San Francisco,” Breed said. “We can safely take this step toward bettering due to the continuing requirements of our citizens, the continuing dedicated work of our health care workers and the ancient actions we took to combat COVID-19.”
Hopes was raised the PGA may have the ability to accommodate some buffs because of the Memorial Tournament’s proposal which was accepted by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to possess roughly 8,000 audiences daily following month. The Memorial Tournament is scheduled to be the very first event from the revised program to get audiences; it’s three months before the PGA.
“We have got to do whatever we have got to do to make us secure, keep the lovers secure,” said defending champion Brooks Koepka. “Whatever it is likely to be, it is likely to be. Apparently, you’d love to have lovers, but I know with what is happening, it may be impossible.”
Koepka, that has won four key championships, won the previous two PGAs and now is seeking to become the first player to win three successive PGAs because Walter Hagen won four directly from 1924 into 1927.
The PGA Championship is just one of three majors to be rescheduled, together with The Open choosing to cancel 2020. Following the PGA, the U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 in Winged Foot; the Experts is scheduled for Nov. 12-15.