What To Expect From PGA Tour That Restarts From June 11, 2020

Author: Mansi


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Fans have been eagerly waiting for the PGA Tour to resume after the abrupt halt in March. With sports facilities resuming in the United States now, professional Golf is all set to become the first game to come back. 

The PGA Tour will begin again on 11 June, but there will be no viewers. No attendees will be present for the next three events also. When the Tour stopped, The Players Championship was going on. But now it will resume with the Charles Schwab Challenge. 

History Of The PGA Tour

PGA Tours organizes professional golf tours mostly for men players over the US and North America. These tours have created a legacy of their own and are awaited by golf followers every year. A series of flagship events are hosted under this title. 

The Professional Golfers Association of America was established in 1929. But PGA Tours separated in 1968 for touring players. They included the Players Championship, the FedEx Cup with The Tour Championship as its finals, and the Presidents Cup. The last one is organized biennially. For being qualified in PGA Tours is a major achievement for American Golfers. So far, more than 825 players have been registered with this fraternity. 

Events like the LPGA Tour for women and some others for both men and women are organized by various organizations. Even though the four major golf championships are not governed by PGA Tours, it still holds substantial value to be able to participate in their events. Out of six tours held by PGA, three are conducted with the US, and the other three have international locations like South Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, etc. It is a rich heritage of golfing around the world with the top players of the continent. 

The 2020 Season Of The Tour 

Golf is a regal and highly professional game. And the followers of this sport like to enjoy it similarly. Disruptions and distractions are seen as highly inconvenient. Hence when the outbreak of coronavirus led to the stopping of the first event, 'The Players Championship’, in the middle of it, it wasn’t well-accepted by the fans. Everyone wanted it back as soon as possible. 

Even amidst the pressure, The PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan made it very clear that the tournaments will be brought back only when it is safe to do so. Hence everyone was keenly waiting for situations to stabilize so a good game of golf could be enjoyed. The 2019-2020 season of the PGA started on September 12, 2019. 

After the delay of almost 3 months, it is now scheduled to conclude on September 7, 2020. The next season will kick off the very next day due to the time crunch being faced. These are abnormal times and the return of sports is the first step of getting back the sense of normalcy. The number of official events for this season has also been reduced from 49 to 36. People will see considerably less golf this time, but we are still grateful for anything we get. 

Further Event Plans and Schedules 

PGA is highly reluctant to let anyone attend the tournaments as mere viewers. This decision is in the public interest as COVID-19 has not released the US from its firm grip. Lives continue to be affected and destruction is hardly under control. 

But golf has a better chance of being back without involving much risk. It is a single-player sport where no partners or teams participate. And without spectators, chances of community spread of the virus are reduced to a bare minimum. 

Even then, the consent of all medical officials and authorities is being sought. The best practices will be followed to ensure the safety of the players and staff members. The first four events of the tour had been completed before the shutdown. The next 10 tournaments will now be carried out as players are becoming ready to go on golf courses again. 

Beginning from June 11, there is ample time to conduct all the remaining matches after the reduction has been carried out. The PGA Championship will be held from August 6-9 after completion of the previous schedules. This tournament will be hosted by the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. 

The locations of the tour are also decided by keeping in mind the strategic and medically beneficial positioning. This season of PGA Tour will conclude in September, with the final TOUR Championship scheduled from September 4 to 7. This will be held at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club. As a bonus to the golf fans, the next PGA Tours schedule has also been revealed even under these trying circumstances. It will begin with the Safeway Open on September 7 in Napa. Good luck golfin' around!

 


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