PGA Championship to Take Place at Harding Park in August without Fans

Phil Mickelson at PGA Championship in 2018. Photo by Gregory Vasil/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9876466w)

PGA Championship will be the first golf major championship to take place in 2020. The professional Golfers’ Association of America confirmed on Monday that they received necessary permissions to proceed with the event at San Francisco’s Harding Park. The tournament will be held between August 6th and August 9th but without the presence of fans.

PGA Championship was initially scheduled for May but the coronavirus pandemic forced the organizers to postpone the tournament for a later date. Several scenarios were discussed in the meantime, including the change of venue to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club or Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club if Harding Park isn’t an option.

California’s health official now gave the “green light” for the tournament to take place at the planned site without fans, which was ultimately accepted by PGA of America.

“While the local community cannot be with us physically on-site, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us as we stage our major championship, on their behalf, for all the world to see and enjoy.” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.

Besides PGA of America, two other majors were rescheduled compared to their original dates. The U.S. Open will now take place between September 17th and September 20th, while the Masters is now scheduled to be played from November 12th to November 15th. The Open, on the other hand, has been canceled this year.