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Houston faces split decision regarding fans

The USGA’s recent ban on spectators at the U.S. Women’s Open in December contrasts with the PGA Tour’s OK of a limited number of fans for the Houston Open in November

Banned: By the USGA, onsite spectators from the U.S. Women’s Open on Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, the association announced. The news stands in contrast to the upcoming PGA Tour event in Houston, to be played a month earlier. The Houston Open, which is scheduled for Nov. 5-8 at Memorial Park, will allow 2,000 spectators per day. It will be only the second PGA Tour event to allow spectators since the season restarted in June amid the global coronavirus pandemic, following next week’s limited number of fans at the Bermuda Championship. “We know this is the right decision for the community and players,” John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships, said in a statement. The U.S. Women’s Open, originally scheduled for June, was reset for the fall because of the pandemic. It will be the next-to-last tournament on the LPGA’s revised schedule and the tour’s second consecutive stop in Texas. PGA Tour players such as Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson have expressed uneasiness about spectators’ return to tournament sites, even in limited numbers. The number of COVID-19 infections in metropolitan Houston has been creeping back up in recent weeks, according to local media reports, and Texas ranks second in the U.S. for the number of infections and second in deaths.

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