• PGA TOUR planning to play without fans

    Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy
    Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy

    The PGA TOUR is exploring all options for returning to competitive golf and playing events without galleries.

    A memo sent to players still has the intended return date as 21 May when Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas is due to host the Charles Schwab Challenge.

    It prove difficult with the Tour likely to give roughly a month’s notice for the resumption of play.

    ‘We understand many of you may be impacted by travel restrictions and/or the inability to practice in your area, thus we want to be able to give you as much time as possible to allow you to come back fully prepared,’ read the memo.

    Should the current travel and movement restrictions remain, the Tour is eyeing a month from May as the next start date with the Charles Schwab Challenge taking place in the date previously held for the Canadian Open; an event likely to be cancelled.

    Many expect more cancellations next week, the memo also stated that organisers hoped to ‘preserve the maximum number of events we can while giving us more time as the crisis evolves.’

    The Tour is reportedly keen to play the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit in the US Open’s previous slot and will do so in a┬áspectator-less environnment.

    As it stands, the Wyndham Championship (13-16 August) is scheduled to the be last tour event before the FedExCup playoffs.

    The PGA Championship moved to September and will be followed by the Ryder Cup and then the US Open. The Masters is to be held in November.

    The Open Championship at Royal St George’s was cancelled.

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