The 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco will be contested without spectators
The City of San Francisco and the PGA of America have announced that the first major of the year, the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, will be contested without spectators from August 3-9.
The decision was made in coordination with the state of California and city and county of San Francisco, with the health and well-being of all involved cited as the top priority.
“We are thrilled to welcome the PGA Championship to San Francisco,” said San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed.
“We are able to safely take this step toward reopening because of the ongoing sacrifices of our citizens, the continued committed work of our healthcare workers and the early action we took to battle COVID-19.”
The tournament was originally due to be held from May 14-17, but was postponed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It remains scheduled for August, and the PGA of America will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and work in concert with the state of California and San Francisco city and county public health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through Championship Week.
“We are both inspired and honored to ‘play on,’” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.
“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.”
The PGA Tour made it's return without spectators at the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11, while two dual-ranking events - the Austrian Open and Euram Bank Open - will mark the return of the European Tour and Challenge Tour (also without spectators) on July 9 prior to the Tour’s full return at the Betfred British Masters from July 22-25.