Next Week's Memorial Tournament To Take Place Without Fans

Fans were set to return on-site next week for the first time since March

Memorial Tournament To Take Place Without Fans
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Fans were set to return on-site next week for the first time since March

Next Week's Memorial Tournament To Take Place Without Fans

The PGA Tour and The Memorial Tournament have been forced to backtrack on its plans for fans to return next week "due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic."

There were set to be 20% of the usual capacity of fans on-site at Muirfield Village but due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Ohio it will be played without fans.

Ohio reported 1,301 new cases on Thursday, 1,091 on Friday, 926 on Saturday and 968 on Sunday.

All four of the PGA Tour's most recent tournaments have gone ahead without crowds and it still remains to be seen when fans will be allowed to return.

Both the USPGA Championship and the US Open will not allow crowds, and it is becoming increasingly likely that the Ryder Cup could be postponed due to fans not being allowed on-site.

This week's event, the Workday Charity Open, takes place at Muirfield Village as a replacement for the John Deere Classic, which was cancelled due to the revenues lost by no ticket sales.

Muirfield Village will host back-to-back events with The Memorial Tournament taking place next week.

It is always one of the best regular PGA Tour events of the year with its status as an Invitational, and it is expected that Tiger Woods might make his first start since February there.

“We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a solid plan that would allow for limited fan attendance at next week’s event,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.

“But given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our Return to Golf — the health and safety of all involved.

"While this was a difficult decision, it was one made collectively, and we are appreciative of the process undertaken to this point that will allow us to welcome on-site fans when the time is right.

"In the meantime, we have no doubt that the Memorial Tournament will once again be an incredible championship and deliver the best competitive environment for our players and utmost entertainment to our fans around the world.”

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x