U.S. Open Golf Tournament Will Be Fanless
The 120th U.S. Open will be played in September without fans at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the United States Golf Association announced on Wednesday. Spectators also won't be allowed at next week's PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved," USGA CEO Mike Davis said in a statement. "We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them again to future U.S. Opens."
The U.S. Open was originally scheduled to be played at Winged Foot on June 18-21 but was pushed back to September 17-20 because of the pandemic.
The Master's Tournament, scheduled for November 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, hasn't yet announced whether patrons will be permitted.
The USGA said tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded.