'Rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic’ cited as reason for extending PGA Tour’s spectator ban to a 6th week since season restart
The Memorial Tournament will not allow fans onto the grounds next week at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, after all.
The tournament, the sixth event on the PGA Tour’s revised schedule in the season restart after the three-month suspension during the coronavirus pandemic, was supposed to be the Tour’s first event with spectators. However, in a news release issued Monday by Memorial officials, “the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic” was cited as the reason for the reversal.
The news comes on the day when many Tour players were arriving at Muirfield Village, in suburban Columbus, the boyhood home of tournament host Jack Nicklaus. This week, the inaugural Workday Charity Open will be played at Muirfield Village in the first of two consecutive tournaments at the site. Spectators will not be allowed this week, and the tournament will be operated with minimal staffing, similar to the four previous events since the season restart last month at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our return to golf: the health and safety of all involved,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.
“We had a good plan in place, and I could not be more proud of everyone who contributed to it,” Nicklaus said in the same news release. “In the end, we have the responsibility to recognize the health and safety of the players and all who attend the Memorial Tournament.”
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