The PGA Tour has largely been performed with out spectators since its resumption in June, with uncertainty remaining on when followers will be in a position to return regularly.
Only three occasions have allowed spectators in latest months due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, whereas most tournaments in the weeks forward are additionally set to proceed with out crowds.
The Bermuda Championship in October was the primary PGA Tour occasion to have an on-site fan presence since The Players was cancelled mid-tournament in March, permitting 500 individuals per day, with the Vivint Houston Open and Sentry Tournament of Champions additionally being performed with restricted followers.
All different tournaments have gone forward “behind closed doors”, with loads of occasions in the early a part of 2021 already confirming they will do the identical due due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Here’s a tournament-by-tournament have a look at how PGA Tour occasions plan to welcome followers over the approaching months (as of January 13)…
Sony Open – January 14-17 – Tournament officers introduced in November that the second occasion of the “Hawaii Swing” would go forward with out spectators.
The American Express – January 21-24 – The occasion will happen with out followers and performed throughout two programs fairly than three, utilizing PGA West’s Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course.
Organisers had initially deliberate for the multi-day pro-am format to proceed, however confirmed on January 7 that the pro-am factor has been scrapped for the primary time in the event’s historical past.
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Farmers Insurance Open – January 28-31 – The occasion the place Tiger Woods historically begins his yr will be spectator-free in 2021, with organisers confirming on November 30 that followers would not attend due to the pandemic.
Phoenix Open – February 4-7 – TPC Scottsdale normally offers the most important crowd of the season, with over 700,000 individuals attending the 2019 event, with officers nonetheless engaged on having a restricted variety of followers – reported to be up to 8,000 a day – attending this yr’s occasion in Arizona.
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The iconic par-three sixteenth – often known as the “loudest hole in golf” – will look very completely different this time round, with a stadium nonetheless surrounding the opening however considerably scaled again due to the smaller presence of spectators.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – February 11-14 – Government restrictions in Monterey County, California at the moment prohibit spectators attending dwell skilled sports activities occasions, with event officers saying on December 4 that the competition would be performed with out followers.
The event will nonetheless be performed throughout three programs, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club, whereas the superstar pro-am format additionally continues regardless of the restrictions.
Genesis Invitational – February 18-21 – The final of the “West Coast Swing” tournaments had proposed a restricted variety of followers being on-site at Riviera Country Club, however confirmed on January 12 that the occasion would be part of the rising listing going forward with out crowds.
WGC-Mexico Championship – February 25-28 – Uncertainty stays on whether or not the competition will go forward in Mexico, with a number of studies suggesting that the 2021 contest will be moved to Florida as a result of event sponsors did not need to stage the occasion regionally with out spectators.
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— Tron Carter (@TronCarterNLU) January 8, 2021
Arnold Palmer Invitational – March 4-7 – Tickets for the event aren’t but on sale, with plans nonetheless being finalised on whether or not followers can attend at Bay Hill.
The Players – March 11-14 – A yr on from golf’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, event officers are trying to host a restricted variety of ticketed spectators and company.
A date for tickets occurring sale has but to be launched, though work has begun on a “reduced number of on-site venues” being constructed.
Honda Classic – March 18-21 – Organisers introduced on January 11 that restricted followers will be allowed to attend, with an actual quantity to be confirmed at a later date, whereas the notorious “Bear Trap” being redesigned to guarantee it follows social distancing pointers.
The grandstands surrounding the sixteenth and seventeenth holes will be break up into three sections and provide restricted seating in blocks of two or fours, whereas spectators will be required to put on a masks throughout the course.
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play – March 24-28 – No replace has been given on whether or not followers will be in a position to buy tickets for the 2021 contest, with the host metropolis of Austin at the moment beneath “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” orders till not less than mid-February.
Valero Texas Open – April 1-4 – Tickets are but to go on sale for the 2021 event, with no announcement made on the quantity on spectators which might be set to attend.
The Masters – April 8-11 – Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley confirmed on January 12 that they plan to enable a restricted variety of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11, offered it will probably be finished safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ridley mentioned it will be performed with related well being and security requirements to these applied through the November contest, performed with out followers, that included obligatory testing for the coronavirus and masks being worn to stop its unfold.