The PGA Tour’s Memorial Match, scheduled subsequent week in central Ohio, had hoped to pave the way in which for spectators to return to golf occasions in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, and in flip maybe present a blueprint for a way followers may safely attend different main American sports activities competitions.
However on Monday, the tour and match organizers introduced they had been scrapping plans to permit as many as 8,000 followers per day on the occasion. The rise in Covid-19 instances nationwide, and in Ohio, had been the first components within the choice.
“Whereas we embraced the chance to be the primary PGA Tour occasion to welcome the return of on-site followers — and be part of our nation’s collective re-emergence from the Covid-19 disaster, we acknowledge the present enhance in optimistic Covid-19 instances throughout the nation, and our final duty,” Dan Sullivan, the match’s government director, said in a statement.
Jay Monahan, the tour commissioner, referred to “the broader challenges communities are going through,” and stated the main target was now on “the well being and security of all concerned.”
In latest weeks, a number of PGA Tour players and their caddies have tested positive for the virus, which has brought about a handful of elite golfers to withdraw from tournaments.
The Memorial, hosted for the reason that mid-1970s by Jack Nicklaus and set to start on July 16, is without doubt one of the tour’s featured occasions and all the time boasts a robust area of high golfers. It’s considered one of Tiger Woods’s favorite events, which he has received 5 occasions. Woods, who has not played on the PGA Tour since February, is anticipated to make his return to the circuit at subsequent week’s match.
Since June, the Memorial Match had the approval of state and native officers for a restricted variety of spectators — about 20 p.c of the standard capability — on the Muirfield Village Golf Membership in Dublin, Ohio. Grandstands and bleachers weren’t constructed however followers, beneath particular social distancing pointers, would have been allowed to look at the competitors from varied viewing websites on the grounds.
To this point, the PGA Tour has held 4 fan-free tournaments. Greater than 20 different occasions are scheduled in 2020, although none at the moment count on to host followers on-site. That features the P.G.A. Championship, the primary golf main of the season, which will probably be held in San Francisco from Aug. 6 to 9.
Monahan, in a press release Monday, stated that the tour would welcome followers, “when the time is true.”