The Memorial reverses course: No fans at tourney

The Golden Bear will not open the den to fans at The Memorial Tournament next week at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ popular summertime tournament in his native state was scheduled to be the first PGA Tour event since the coronavirus pandemic hit to allow spectators. But in a reversal of the plan announced last month, the anticipated 8,000 fans per day will be kept away.

Memorial, Muirfield Village
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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced the news Monday.

“Given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our Return to Golf — the health and safety of all involved,” he said. “While this was a difficult decision, it was one made collectively, and we are appreciative of the process undertaken to this point that will allow us to welcome on-site fans when the time is right.

“In the meantime, we have no doubt that the Memorial Tournament will once again be an incredible championship and deliver the best competitive environment for our players and utmost entertainment to our fans around the world.”

The PGA is also playing at Muirfield Village this week in the Workday Charity Open.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)