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A ‘No Spectator’ policy is now in place for the remaining three days of the Players Championship along with next week’s Valspar Championship, the following week’s WGC – Dell Match-Play and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

This is the news to rock the golf world but it’s not come as a surprise given similar ‘no spectators’ moves by fellow major US-based sporting bodies such as the NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and NASCAR.

The following is a statement released by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan at noon today ….

“Let me preface my remarks by reinforcing that the health and safety of our players, employees, partners, volunteers, fans and everybody associated with the PGA TOUR is our top priority.

“I’ve spoken to President Trump this morning, and I spoke to Governor Ron DeSantis a few hours ago as well. Our team is in constant communication with local health authorities in each market in which our tournaments are played, and we are tracking and monitoring the health information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in addition to the travel advisories provided by the U.S. State Department.  Both the White House and the Governor’s office have been and are supportive of the precautionary measures we have taken to this point.

“It goes without saying that this is an incredibly fluid and dynamic situation.  We have been and are committed to being responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process.

“With that as pretext, at this point in time, PGA TOUR events – across all Tours – will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans. This policy starts at THE PLAYERS Championship tomorrow (Friday) and continues through the Valero Texas Open.  It’s important to note, that could change, but for the time being, this decision allows the PGA TOUR, our fans and constituents to plan, prepare and respond as events develop.

“Further, the recently announced travel advisories and potential logistical issues associated with players and staff traveling internationally limit our ability to successfully stage the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.  Therefore, we are going to postpone that event and will provide details in the coming weeks on a reschedule as this situation develops.

“We will continue THE PLAYERS with essential personnel only, and we will be in direct conversations with those groups (vendors, broadcasters, media, player support groups, essential volunteers) to provide instructions.

“This is a difficult situation, one with consequences that impact our players, fans and the communities in which we play.  As I said earlier this week, we’ve had a team in place that has been carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks.  We’ve weighed all the options, and I appreciate the input and collaboration across the TOUR, our industry, our partners and our members that got us to this point.  We’ll continue with that collaboration, and I want to thank our fans for supporting the PGA TOUR.”

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