The PGA Championship will be played as scheduled on Aug. 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, but without fans, Ron Kroichick reported on Monday on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website and on Twitter.
The report said the PGA of America will make the official announcement on Tuesday.
Kroichick wrote on Twitter: “Breaking news: SF public health officials approve PGA Championship at Harding Park in August — but without fans.”
In the story on the Chronicle website, Kroichick wrote that San Francisco officials approved plans to hold the tournament without fans because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The PGA Championship originally was scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park, but was rescheduled because of the pandemic.
California has the third-highest number of reported Covid-19 cases in the United States, behind New York and New Jersey. The numbers in the Golden State had leveled off a bit before a recent upsurge.
The PGA Championship will be the first major championship in the 95-year history of Harding Park and the first in San Francisco since the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.
It will be the first of three majors to be played under the reshaped 2020 schedule.
The U.S. Open, originally scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., has been rescheduled for Sept. 17-20, and the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., which was scheduled for April 9-12, will be played on Nov. 12-15.
The Open Championship, scheduled for July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England, has been canceled.
The PGA Tour was shut down for 13 weeks until the Charles Schwab Challenge was played last week at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where no spectators were allowed on the course because of social distancing guidelines in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Four more PGA Tour events, including the RBC Heritage this week at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., will be played without fans before a limited number of spectators will be allowed on the course for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on July 16-19.
For the complete updated PGA Tour schedule, visit https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/schedule.html