Jay Monahan: U.S. Open might be first occasion held with followers
DUBLIN, Ohio – On Monday, the final of this season’s PGA Tour occasions introduced they might be performed with out followers or pro-ams however officers did go away the door open for followers and pro-ams in the course of the fall portion of the 2020-21 season.
The Safeway Open, the primary occasion of the 2020-21 season, introduced Tuesday it could be performed with out followers and Wednesday at Muirfield Village Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was requested when he anticipated followers returning.
BY Nick Menta
— July 15, 2020 at 2:01 PM
Safeway Open officers confirmed Wednesday that conducting the Sept. 10-13 occasion with followers is “not a risk within the present well being local weather.”
“Proper now you take a look at the PGA Tour schedule, the following occasion up is the U.S. Open, and I do know that the USGA continues to work with the state of New York and is planning to return followers,” he mentioned. “If I needed to guess, that will be the primary week that we’d accomplish that.”
The U.S. Open was rescheduled for Sept. 17-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in Could USGA officers mentioned they have been “cautiously optimistic” followers can be allowed on property in the course of the championship.
Following the U.S. Open, the Tour has stops within the Dominican Republic, Mississippi and Nevada earlier than a three-event Asian swing which may be both cancelled or relocated to U.S. venues in line with a latest report from the Related Press.
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Earlier than the top of the yr the Tour additionally has scheduled occasions in Bermuda, Houston, Sea Island, Ga., and the Masters, which has not made an announcement relating to followers.
Taking part in Tour occasions with out followers has created a monetary burden for tournaments which depend upon income generated by the pro-am and ticket gross sales to help operations and native charities.
“To have the ability to characterize the impression, that is a misplaced income supply, that is a misplaced consumer relationship alternative,” Monahan mentioned. “There’s some apparent negatives to it, in a world the place we’re coping with we now have to reply to negatives or issues that we simply cannot do proper now that we might love to do, and I’d simply say that we’re lucky to have nice relationships with the tournaments, with our title sponsors.”