Tuesday, July 7

The Memorial Tournament Won't Have Fans After All, Strong Prospect of No Galleries for Weeks

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MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB in Dublin, Ohio, will host back-to-back PGA Tour events: this week's Workday Charity Open and the Memorial Tournament next week.

The Memorial was set to be the first event to welcome fans since the restart of the PGA Tour. But that won't happen now because of a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases.

"While we embraced the opportunity to be the first PGA Tour event to welcome the return of on-site fans—and be a part of our nation's collective reemergence from the COVID-19 crisis—we recognize the current increase in positive COVID-19 cases across the country and our ultimate responsibility," said tournament director Dan Sullivan in a statement.

"It's disappointing to the many who have tirelessly worked to create a plan for on-site patrons, but I'm confident the learnings from these efforts will contribute to golf's continued success, and we're excited to showcase Muirfield Village Golf Club—and ultimately, the Memorial Tournament—to our fans over the next two weeks."

So, when will fans be allowed to attend a PGA Tour event?

No one can say with certainty. But not for a while.

The 3M Championship in Minnesota and Barricuda Championship in Nevada won't have fans. The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is "cautiously optimistic" about having fans.

The PGA Championship, the year's first major, tees off in early August at TPC Harding in San Francisco. They don't expect galleries.

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