The Sanford International will be the 1st event on a major pro tour to allow fans onsite, but the PGA Tour remains closed to spectators
Allowed: By the Champions Tour’s Sanford International, spectators for next week’s tournament at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., according to a report in the Argus Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls. It will be the first tournament on any major professional tour to allow fans since the global coronavirus pandemic. The 54-hole event on the 50-and-older tour will be played Sept. 11-13. According to the Argus Leader, temperature checks will be done in parking lots before fans board shuttle buses to the golf course and at onsite lots. Masks will be encouraged but not required among the maximum 10,000 daily ticket holders. No player autographs will be allowed. Practice and pro-am rounds will remain closed to spectators. “We’re ready for this and have a great game plan in place to have a great event and be safe about it,” Hollis Cavner, whose company, Pro Sports Links, oversees the event, told Golfweek’s Adam Schupak. “People are living their lives again. They want to get out again.” The PGA Tour is concluding its season Monday with the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club. It is the 14thtournament since the season restart to be played without spectators. “When we feel like it's safe to return fans out here, that's when fans will return,” said commissioner Jay Monahan of the PGA Tour, which oversees the Champions Tour. “We owe that to them, and we're supported locally in every market we play in, and that is supported by the local government authorities.” The PGA Tour’s 2020-21 season begins this week with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., where spectators will be prohibited. Spectators also will not be allowed at next week’s U.S. Open and the Masters on Nov. 12-15.
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