PGA Tour eyeing a June restart with Charles Schwab Challenge

PGA Tour eyeing a June restart with Charles Schwab Challenge

Three of golf’s four major championships — the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship — announced new dates last week, and now the PGA Tour reportedly is on the verge of unveiling a further reconfiguring of its schedule.

According a Golf Digest report Tuesday night, PGA Tour officials are expected to announce as soon as this week a plan for restarting its season, which like all other sports leagues has been on pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tour, which suspended play after the opening round of The Players Championship last month, is believed to be eyeing a June 11-14 restart with the Charles Schwab Challenge, but with no spectators permitted at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Tour is adamant about following safety guidelines set by government and health officials, and it’s highly possible, if not likely, the ensuing events will go on without spectators on the grounds until further notice.

The report stated PGA Tour officials discussed these plans with the Players Advisory Council during a conference call on Tuesday.

The RBC Canadian Open, which was originally scheduled for June 11-14, will not be played, according to the report. Following the Charles Schwab Challenge, the Tour has an opening on its calendar for a “Potential PGA Tour Tournament” from June 18-21, which is when the U.S. Open was to be held at Winged Foot before the USGA announced its postponement to September.

The report said the Tour is set to move the RBC Heritage, which was originally scheduled to be played this week at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to the vacant U.S. Open slot.

The schedule after the RBC Heritage includes the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.,(June 25-28; the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club, July 2-5), the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.,(July 9-12) and the Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio,(July 16-19; the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., July 23-26; the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., July 30-Aug. 2 and the opposite-field event, the Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mt. Club in Truckee, Calif., also from July 30-Aug. 2).

The rest of the schedule includes dates the Tour announced last week, beginning with the PGA Championship (at Harding Park in San Francisco,Aug. 6-9). Then comes the Wyndham Championshipat Sedgefield C.C. in Greensboro, N.C., (Aug. 13-16), the Northern Trust (Aug. 20-23), the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields, Ill.,(Aug. 27-30) and the Tour Championship at East Lake G.C. in Atlanta.,(Sept. 3-7).

The comes the run of majors kick off with the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, (Sept. 17-20), the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, (Sept. 25-27) and the Masters (Nov. 12-15).

When any of these events — if any at all — will allow spectators is a fluid situation. PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, in a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, said that among the many contingencies in place for the PGA Championship is conducting the tournament without spectators or moving it out of California.

“If the safest and/or the only way to [hold the PGA] is to do it without fans, we’re fully prepared to do that. We believe that having it as a television event is worth doing regardless of whether there’s fans there or not,” Waugh said.

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