The PGA Championship has been given the green light to go ahead by California health officials as the first major championship of 2020 will be held without fans in attendance.
It was unknown whether the Championship would be allowed to take place with the PGA already having to cancel 11 tournaments and revise its remaining schedule due to Covid-19.
The tournament has been rescheduled from its original May date to between August 6-9 in San Francisco. 40,000 fans were expected to descend upon Harding Park golf course a day but with safety measures taking place across the world in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been deemed unsafe for fans to attend.
Brooks Koepka is the current reigning champion of the PGA Championship having won the last two competitions and will look to defend his title and become the first player to win three straight PGA Championships since between 1924-27 where Walter Hagen won four in a row.
The PGA Tour returned at the weekend for the first time with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas with no spectators. The first planned PGA Tour event with spectators is set to be the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, on July 16-19, with officials hoping for up to 8,000 fans per day to be in attendance at Muirfield Village.
Author: Jake Wilkin