The PGA Tour has followed the steps of other major sporting organisations and will close the gates to fans beginning tomorrow at THE PLAYERS Championship due to concerns about COVID-19.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issued a statement saying golf tournaments will be off-limits to fans through to the Valero Texas Open in early April. A week before The Masters in April.
“With that as pretext, at this point in time, PGA TOUR events – across all Tours – will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans. This policy starts at THE PLAYERS Championship tomorrow (Friday) and continues through the Valero Texas Open,” Monahan said.
“It’s important to note, that could change, but for the time being, this decision allows the PGA TOUR, our fans and constituents to plan, prepare and respond as events develop.”
Despite many golfers and tournament organisers still needing to be inside the golf course gates, the tournaments, particularly the final round each week will have an eerily quiet feel to them.
Perhaps Patrick Reed will be pleased without any fans on the golf course.
Reed is still copping plenty of criticism from golf fans. One golf fan was booted out of THE PLAYERS after a fairly harmless heckle during round one.