Officials “fully prepared” for PGA Championship without fans

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said Tuesday that organizers are considering several scenarios for the US PGA Championship now scheduled for August 6-9 in San Francisco.

Waugh, in an interview on SiriusXM radio, said the first option would be to play the currently scheduled tournament Harding Park.

A second option is to hold the first major championship of the year, but without spectators and a third option would be to move to another location should play in California be impossible.

the tournament has already been postponed from May, the pandemic has ended coronavirus golfing calendar with the rest of the sports world.

under the revised plan accepted by the golf governing bodies, Champions PGA of United Unishanche in August would be followed by the US Open in September and the Masters at Augusta National in November. The British Open was canceled.

“The plan is to do as normally as possible, with fans, obviously, and quite normal PGA Championship at Harding Park,” Waugh said.

“If the surest way, and / or the only way to do that is without fans, we are fully prepared to do. we believe that having it as a television event worth whatsoever, there are fans or not.

“It is obvious, that will change the experience, but we think that the world is starved for entertainment, especially in sports. “

the Governor of Califordenies Gavin Newsom said this month that it had anticipated crowds at sporting events in the state this year.

Waugh said that if California or San Francisco city officials decide the tournament will be held at Harding Park, the PGA could try to find an alternative location.

“It is easier if there are not fans think about things like that”, he said. “We have certainly not due to a Plan C, but we would be willing to think that if this became a possibility. “

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