Golf’s US PGA Championship in August is scheduled to go ahead at San Francisco’s but the Ryder Cup at Wisconsin is set to be postponed.
The US PGA will be the year’s first major after July’s Open Championship was postponed until next year and the Masters and US Open were moved back to November and September respectively. One of the world’s most loved and followed golf event will be played without the fans.
A decision to play behind-closed-doors was made by the PGA of America in coordination with the state of California and city and county of San Francisco.
“We are both inspired and honoured to ‘play on’,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.
“We’d like to thank the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco for being terrific partners in helping us get to this place.
“While the local community cannot be with us physically on-site, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us as we stage our major championship, on their behalf, for all the world to see and enjoy.”
American Brooks Koepka is looking to win a historic third successive title at the event, itself initially scheduled for May.
The UK newspaper said the Ryder Cup announcement is expected next week, with the biennial clash between the United States and Europe currently scheduled for September 25-27.
The Guardian said work on building spectator infrastructure at Whistling Straits has not yet commenced in earnest, while a Ryder Cup held in front of reduced numbers of around 25,000 fans per day, is not now thought viable due to Covid-19 concerns. Ongoing travel restrictions are also said to be a consideration.