The San Francisco Board of Health will not allow fans to attend the first major championship of 2020.
- The PGA Championship had already postponed the major event from its original May dates at Harding Park in San Francisco to Aug. 6-9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PGA provided city health officials with a comprehensive COVID-19 plan, and held out hope that up to 40,000 fans would be allowed on the grounds each day.
- Source says the decision is not a huge surprise given the politics of the city.
- Source continued, “Don’t schedule tournaments in a blue state.”
- More source, “U.S. Open has almost no chance of having fans in New York.”
- Harding Park has never hosted a major championship, and it last hosted a PGA Tour event in 2015 (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play).
- Fans who had purchased tickets in advance will receive a refund, according to the PGA.