COVID-19: the PGA Tour of the EE. USA Explore the possibility of returning without fans
LOS ANGELES: The US PGA USA The tour is considering various scenarios for a return to competition following the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes playing some events without fans, Golf Summary published on Friday.
The Tour told players in a memo sent on Thursday, and obtained by Golf Digest, that it was targeting a return for the Charles Schwab Challenge on May 21 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The tour suspended its season after the first round of the Players' Championship last month and has since canceled tournaments through the Byron Nelson Championship scheduled for May 7-10.
ESPN reported that the tour is expected to announce more cancellations next week.
In the tour memo, players were told that officials hope to preserve as many events as we can while giving us more time as the crisis unfolds.
Officials told the players that they will trust the guidance of health and government authorities before deciding to resume play.
If the game cannot be resumed in May, as the shelter-in-place directives remain in place, a restart at Colonial could carry over from June 11-14, taking the dates originally set for the Canadian Open, which is expected to be canceled.
The tour told the players they would have a three to four week notice before the season resumes.
We understand that many of you may be affected by travel restrictions and/or the inability to practice in your area, therefore we want to be able to provide you with as much time as possible so that you can return fully prepared, the memo says. .
The tour announced Monday that it was rescheduling its season finale, the Wyndham Championship, from August 13-16, with the tour playoffs ending the season for the next three weeks.
Those dates were worked out with the rescheduling of three of the year's four major championships, the US PGA USA Championship moving to September to be followed by the Ryder Cup and the US Open with the Masters to be held in November.
The British Open, originally scheduled for July, has been canceled.