PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has today announced that upcoming events will continue to be held but with only essential personnel and no fans present.
Today’s first round of The Players Championship in Florida was conducted as normal with players refusing to sign autographs, from tomorrow only tournament officials, broadcasters and players will be present.
“I’ve spoken to President Trump this morning, and I spoke to Governor Ron DeSantis a few hours ago as well,” Commissioner Monahan said.
“Our team is in constant communication with local health authorities in each market in which our tournaments are played, and we are tracking and monitoring the health information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in addition to the travel advisories provided by the U.S. State Department.
“At this point in time, PGA TOUR events – across all Tours – will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans.”
The new travel advisories announced overnight by President Trump have meant the PGA will need to postpone the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship but all other events leading up to the Valero Texas Open in early April will be held.
No word on whether The Masters will be conducted as this fits outside of the schedule mentioned today.
“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.
“This is a difficult situation, one with consequences that impact our players, fans and the communities in which we play.
“As I said earlier this week, we’ve had a team in place that has been carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks.
“We’ve weighed all the options, and I appreciate the input and collaboration across the TOUR, our industry, our partners and our members that got us to this point. We’ll continue with that collaboration, and I want to thank our fans for supporting the PGA TOUR.”