PGA Tour reportedly exploring possibility of return without fans

The PGA Tour is contemplating varied eventualities to a return to competitors within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, together with taking part in some occasions with out followers, Golf Digest reported on Friday.

The tour informed gamers in a memo despatched on Thursday, and obtained by Golf Digest, that it was concentrating on a return for the Charles Schwab Problem on 21 Might at Colonial Nation Membership in Fort Price, Texas.

The tour suspended its season after the primary spherical of the Gamers Championship final month and has since referred to as off tournaments by means of the Byron Nelson Championship scheduled for 7-10 Might.

ESPN reported that the tour is anticipated to announce extra cancellations subsequent week.

Gamers had been informed within the tour memo that officers hope to “protect the utmost variety of occasions we are able to whereas giving us extra time because the disaster evolves.”

Officers informed gamers they are going to depend on steerage from well being and authorities authorities earlier than deciding on a resumption of play.

If a Might resumption of play shouldn’t be potential as shelter-in-place directives stay in impact, a re-start at Colonial may very well be moved to 11-14 June, taking the dates initially set for the Canadian Open, which is anticipated to be cancelled.

The tour informed gamers they might have three to 4 weeks’ discover earlier than the season resumes.

“We perceive a lot of it’s possible you’ll be impacted by journey restrictions and/or the shortcoming to follow in your space, thus we wish to have the ability to offer you as a lot time as potential to let you come again absolutely ready,” the memo stated.

The tour introduced on Monday that it was rescheduling its season finale, the Wyndham Championship, for 13-16 August, with the season-ending tour playoffs to observe over the following three weeks.

These dates had been labored out with the rescheduling of three of the yr’s 4 main championships, the PGA Championship transferring to September to be adopted by the Ryder Cup and the US Open with the Masters to be held in November.

The Open Championship, initially scheduled for July, has been cancelled.

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