PGA Tour Announces Return Date
The Charles Schwab Challenge, held at Colonial Country Club, will have the honor of hosting the first PGA Tour when golf resumes. The event is set to take place in Fort Worth, Texas, and it is scheduled to take place from June 11-14.
The PGA Tour is set to host 28 events over the next 25 weeks, and three major tournaments will be held. The FedEx Cup Playoffs will also take place this year, with golf tournaments currently scheduled through Thanksgiving weekend in the United States.
The PGA Tour recently met with government and top health officials, and they have been given enough support to make this announcement. The situation will be closely monitored over the next few weeks, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bring many tough questions with very few answers.
Leaders of the PGA Tour have repeatedly stated that they are anxious to return to live golf, but they will seek advice from medical professionals about when it is safe.
One major issue that the PGA Tour is monitoring is the strict travel restrictions imposed by many countries around the world. There are currently 25 players on tour that are outside of the United States, and a total of 35 caddies.
As of this time, it would be difficult to get all of those players and caddies back in the country. Another issue is the availability to test for the coronavirus, which players have suggested needs to be done before any tournaments are held.
Another hurdle facing the PGA is the fact that several states currently have strict rules and regulations about live sporting events. California Governor Gavin Newsom has expressed that any live sporting events in the state through the summer are unlikely.
The PGA Tour might have to move some tournaments depending on the rules in each state.
The Tour Championship is still scheduled to take place on Labor Day Weekend, which will end the 2019-2020 season. If the tournaments do resume in June, the PGA Tour schedule will have 36 tournaments this season.
There were initially 49 tournaments scheduled, but several events have been lost over the last few months. The PGA Championship, which is scheduled for August, would be the only Major Tournament played in the 2019-2020 calendar season.
The US Open and the Masters Tournament have both been pushed past September, meaning that there will be six Major Tournaments held in 2020-21. The 2020-21 season would begin on September 10-13, just one week after the conclusion of the Tour Championship.
The Open Championship has already been canceled for this year, but there is hope that the other three majors will be saved. If this schedule holds true, there will be a PGA Event for 24 consecutive weeks, with a final event taking place at the Mayakoba Classic.
The RBC Heritage was supposed to take place this weekend, but it has now been moved to the week following the Charles Schwab Challenge. The RBC Canadian Open was originally scheduled for that date, but the event has been canceled.
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