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PGA Championship to allow 10,000 spectators daily

PGA of America sets attendance limit, highest since golf’s restart last year, for May 20-23 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island

10,000: Approximate number of spectators to be allowed daily at the PGA Championship on May 20-23 at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort’s Ocean Course, the PGA of America announced Monday in a news release. The attendance would be the largest yet among the major professional golf tours since play restarted last summer after a three-month shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spectators were banned during the four recent California events on the PGA Tour, but the Phoenix Open allowed about 5,000 per day earlier this month. The PGA of America said it reached its decision regarding spectators after consultations with South Carolina health officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “While crowds will be smaller than originally planned, we know the passion for golf in the Carolinas will create a memorable atmosphere on-course and excitement throughout the region,” PGA president Jim Richerson said in a prepared statement. Because the PGA Championship was sold out, ticket holders will be notified via email of their status to attend the event, the PGA said.

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