Ohio approves fans’ attendance at The Memorial

The state of Ohio has given the OK to fan attendance at next month’s Memorial Tournament, officials said Friday.

“It’s official, thanks to State approval & support from the @PGATOUR, patrons will be permitted to attend the 45th edition of #theMemorial,” the tournament posted on its Twitter feed.

Tournament organizers said more details are forthcoming on the health and safety protocols that will be put in place during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Memorial, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, was originally scheduled to take place June 4-7 at the Murfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, but was moved to July 16-19.

Last month, Memorial executive director Dan Sullivan said fans attending the event at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, will wear badges equipped with chip technology to ensure social distancing.

Sullivan said other precautions would include the elimination of grandstands, the addition of hand-sanitizer stations and the use of face coverings by staff and volunteers. No cash will be accepted during the event and everyone who enters the grounds will have their temperature checked, he said.

The PGA Tour has been on pause since mid-March and resumes next week at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Spectators will not be permitted at the return event.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)