The Memorial Tournament has opted to go without audiences next week in Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
The championship hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus was the first of the PGA Tour’s events from the reconfigured schedule to permit a minimum quantity of audiences. The strategy was to enable up to 8,000 lovers daily with social bookmarking steps set up, without the bleachers or grandstands.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan published a statement about the shift.
“Considering that the wider challenges communities are facing because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we must remain concentrated on the No. 1 priority to our Return to Golf — both the wellbeing and safety of those concerned,” he explained. “While this is a challenging choice, it was just one made jointly, and we’re appreciative of the procedure undertaken for this point which will enable us to welcome on-site lovers once the time is perfect.
“In the meantime, we don’t have any doubt the Memorial Tournament will once more become an unbelievable championship and provide the most effective competitive environment for our players and extreme amusement to our fans across the globe.”
Within an email to sponsors, the championship stated:”Together with assistance from Nationwide and local authorities, officials cancel aims to become one of initial professional sports leagues with fan presence; conclusion made from an abundance of caution, as concentrate heightens on participant expertise and tv demonstration.”
The championship has also stopped the Wednesday pro-am. The Memorial was likewise to be the very first occasion that had a pre-tournament pro-am. Plans were to possess 27 groups using an expert and three amateurs.
The PGA Tour is enjoying another occasion, the Workday Charity Open, this week at Muirfield Village, which Nicklaus made from the first 1970s. The star, a 120-player invitational, will be to follow weekly. Nicklaus founded the event in 1976.