The rest of the PGA Tour schedule this season will be played without spectators after the organizers of four tournaments announced on Monday that they will present their events to the public Close.
"Our No. 1 priority remains the health and safety of everyone in the communities to which we are invited," said Andy Pazder, PGA Tour Tournament Leader, in a statement attributing the decision to the distribution of the coronavirus pandemic.
The organizers of the Wyndham Championship and the three tournaments that make up the FedEx Cup playoffs each released a separate statement announcing the decision on Monday.
"These decisions are never easy," Allison Fillmore, the Executive Director of the Tour Championship, said in a statement, "and we would like to thank the Atlanta City Headquarters and PGA Tour for their extensive cooperation when we the best decision came for all involved in the Tour Championship and the community.
The Tour Championship, scheduled for September 4 to 7 at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, will be the last event of the playoffs, which in normal years they will be contested after the major tournaments of golf and they contain the biggest wallets of the PGA Tour.
Several other PGA Tour events are planned for the next four months and one of them is unlikely to welcome fans. The Memorial Tournament, which begins Thursday and will feature Tiger Woods, had received permission from health officials to welcome approximately 8,000 fans to the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, Ohio daily, but dropped those plans last week as confirmed cases of the virus enriched in the state and the entire country
The announcements do not directly affect the three major golf championships that remain this year. The P.G.A. Championship, scheduled for T.P.C. Harding Park, said it would be contested without fans. The United States Open, led by the United States Golf Association and scheduled for September 17-20 at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., has not yet revealed whether it will welcome fans to its tournament. The U.S.G.A. has considered allowing a limited number of spectators to the event or holding the event without fans.
The Masters, scheduled for November 12-15 in Augusta, Georgia, have also not committed to having fans – or banning them.