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PGA of America bans spectators for PGA Championship

San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park will be a fan-free zone for the PGA on Aug. 6-9, the association announces

The PGA Championship will be played without fans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic when the tournament is held Aug. 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, the PGA of America announced Monday in a news release.

Ron Kroichick, who covers golf for the San Francisco Chronicle and contributes occasionally to Morning Read, reported the anticipated announcement last week.

The decision was made with guidance from local and state health officials, the PGA of America said.

The PGA Tour, which resumed play two weeks ago in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, will be playing the first five tournaments on its revised 2020 schedule without spectators. The first Tour event projected to welcome spectators will be the Memorial Tournament on July 16-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

American Brooks Koepka will be seeking a third consecutive Wanamaker Trophy. No player has won the same major championship three consecutive times since Australia’s Peter Thomson claimed the British Open in 1954-56. American Walter Hagen won four consecutive PGAs, in 1924-27.

The 2020 PGA originally was scheduled for May 14-17 before the coronavirus shut down the season for three months beginning March 12 after the first round of the Players Championship. Now, the PGA, once the final of four major championships each year, will be the first of three to be played this year. The R&A canceled the British Open because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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