Despite a Texas ruling that would technically allow fans to make their way to the Charles Schwab Challenge in June, the PGA Tour is going to continue with its original ruling that the first four events on the revised schedule will be conducted behind closed doors.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, adjusted a state ruling on Thursday, which will allow people to attend public outdoor events within 25% of the venue’s capacity.
But, the PGA Tour is staying put to the decision to complete the Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage, Travellers Championship and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in front of empty galleries.
‘The PGA Tour’s primary focus continues to be the health and well-being of all involved with our tournaments and the communities in which we play. We plan to resume play at the Charles Schwab Challenge with the event – and the three to immediately follow – closed to the general public,’ read a Tour statement.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe devastation in the USA and has led to the death of more than 100,000 people.
As a result, the PGA Tour remains committed to ease the new season into motion, while following strict health and safety protocols.
‘Beyond the first four events, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of local and state government agencies and leading medical experts in order to determine the appropriate point and time to welcome back our fans in some capacity.’