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2020 Colonial: ‘Too late to change’ and allow fans

Texas' governor loosens restrictions and allows fans at outdoor sports events, but a Colonial official tells a Dallas reporter that the tournament will stick with its original plan amid the PGA Tour’s scheduled return from the coronavirus suspension next week

Dismissed: By officials with the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge, a revised order issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott regarding sports fans at outdoor events in the state, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reported Friday. The PGA Tour is scheduled to resume competition next week at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. As part of the return from the three-month coronavirus-influenced suspension, fans will be banned at the first four tournaments as part of the PGA Tour's plan to resume competition and minimize the risk of spreading the virus. After his initial order May 18 allowing pro sports to resume without fans, Abbott revised the order, effective May 31, to allow spectators at outdoor pro-sports events, with the approval of the state health department. However, Michael Tothe, the Schwab’s tournament director, told the Morning News’ Townsend, “No changes. No fans. Too late to change.” The Colonial event is scheduled for June 11-14 on the PGA Tour’s revised 2020 schedule.

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