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The PGA Tour has announced a ban on fans at its upcoming tournaments, beginning with tomorrow’s second round of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

The move comes amid the continued global spread of the coronavirus and will remain in force until at least the Valero Texas Open, which takes place from April 2-5 – the week before the Masters.

The affected tournaments are: The PLAYERS Championship (Rounds 2-4); the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Florida; the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Texas; and the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio, also in Texas.

Additionally, the tour has also announced the postponement of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, scheduled to take place at the Corales Golf Club in the Dominican Republic from March 26-29.

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Making the announcement, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said that suspending the tour “indefinitely”, as has happened with NBA basketball, ATP tennis and MLS football, had been considered but was ultimately ruled out – at least for now.

“We are comfortable that this is the right path but it is something we’ll consider going forward,” said Monahan. 

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Meanwhile, it is believed that Masters officials still plan on staging next month’s tournament – but they, too, are reckoned to be seriously
exploring the prospect of playing it behind closed doors.

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According to Golf Digest’s Brian Wacker and Joel
Beall, the first men’s major championship of the season is proceeding as
planned.

However, the Green Jackets are believed to be “reviewing contingencies”, which includes limiting patrons or playing on empty course.

A decision is expected to be made by Monday at the latest.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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