PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament in Ohio to allow fans

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American player Patrick Cantlay won the 2019 Memorial and received the Jack Nicklaus Charles Schwab Challenge trophy – return of the PGA Tour Dates: June 11-14 Location: Fort Worth, Texas Coverage: BBC Sport will be broadcast live all four days with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra and text updates on the BBC Sport website

Fans are allowed to participate in a PGA Tour event at next month's Memorial Tournament in Ohio for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

The PGA Tour resumes Thursday with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, with the first five events played behind closed doors.

The Memorial, founded by 18-time winner Jack Nicklaus, will take place July 16-19 at Muirfield Village.

The event said the move was confirmed after it received "state approval."

It added: "Soon more details on protocols designed to promote the health and safety of everyone who will be present at this year's tournament."

The PGA Tour has been suspended since March 12 when all professional golf activities were discontinued due to the pandemic.

No Woods at restart of PGA

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The world's top five will compete in Colonial

World number one Rory McIlroy will lead a stellar field when the PGA Tour resumes in Fort Worth, Texas, but there will be no Tiger Woods.

The Northern Irishman will be among 16 of the world's top 20 at Colonial for the tournament running June 11-14.

Spanish Jon Rahm and American top five players Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson will also return.

English players Justin Rose and Ian Poulter will compete with Irish Shane Lowry, 2019 Open Champion.

Some players, such as English Tommy Fleetwood and Italian Francesco Molinari, however, have not chosen to travel due to concerns about quarantine regulations.

The European Tour will resume with the British Masters in Newcastle from July 22-25 before three majors and the Ryder Cup will take place on a busy schedule.

However, the Ryde r Cup can be postponed to 2021, with US captain Steve Stricker saying it would be "a crime" if played without fans.

The LPGA Tour hopes to start again in mid-July.

Key dates for men's golf:

August 6-9: US PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco

September 17-20: US Open, Winged Foot, New York

September 25-27: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin

November 12-15: Masters, Augusta National, Georgia

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