2020 PGA Championship to Proceed Without Fans; Schedule of Dates Set

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2020

The Wanamaker Trophy is seen during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

The PGA Championship will be played at San Francisco's Harding Park Aug. 6-9, according to Bob Harig of ESPN.  

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be contested without spectators in attendance. 

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh spoke about holding the tournament without fans:

"We are both inspired and honored to 'play on.' In doing so, we will spotlight not only the beauty of TPC Harding Park, but the fortitude of San Francisco and its 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."

It will be the first major championship held at Harding Park. While there were hopes that fans could attend, with next month's Ohio's Memorial Tournament approved for 8,000 spectators per day, that wasn't approved for the PGA Championship. 

"We've got to do whatever we've got to do to make us safe, keep the fans safe," two-time defending PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka told ESPN. "Whatever it's going to be, it's going to be. Obviously, you'd like to have fans, but I understand with what's going on, it might not be possible."

The PGA Tour returned on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge, followed by the RBC Heritage on Jun 18. Both events were played without fans in attendance. 

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