Brooks will try to be the first player to win the PGA Championship three times straight in the Koepka Stroke game, and there is no one else at Harding Park to encourage him.
The PGA of America confirmed on Monday that there is no presence of the first major audience of this most unusual year.
Originally held in San Francisco on May 14-17, the PGA Championship is now scheduled for August 6–9 and will be the first of three majors this year. The Masters moved in November two weeks before Thanksgiving The British Open in New York moved from June to September 17-20 in the United States was canceled.
It remains to be seen whether the other two majors have fans. The PGA resumed tour schedules after the coronavirus shut down without fans two weeks ago, and there are no plans to keep them at the memorial until the numbers drop from 1-19-1 July.
The U.S. PGA submitted the plan a week ago to avoid visitors, and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that government and health officials have approved it.
Mayor London n. Bridg said the city was “thrilled” to welcome the century-old Major to San Francisco. U.S. officials said the PGA was ready to go the other way if playing in San Francisco did not meet health standards.
“Because of the ongoing abandonment of our citizens, we have been able to take this step toward safe reopening,” Breed said.
These sacrifices now only include those who plan to take part in TV shows. It was the first major for Harding Park, a public course across the road from the Olympic Club and is now part of the TPC network. It has previously hosted two World Golf Championships (won by Tiger Woods in 2005 and Rory McIlroy in 2015) and the 2009 President’s Cup.
“While local people may not be physically with us on site, we must take a spirit of stability and unity with them because we have our world championships for them, to see and enjoy the whole world,” said Seth Waugh, chief executive of PGA in the United States.
Kopka won at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in 2018 and joined Woods as the only back-to-back champion in the stroke game when he won last year at Bethpage Black on Long Island.
Woods was 29th and 14th behind in the 2001 Atlanta Third Strain PGA Championship. He missed three in a row in 2008 because he underwent knee surgery and missed the last two majors.
Walter Hagen won four straight matches in 1924-27 while playing in the PGA Championship format.
“We’ve been able to do what we need to do to keep us safe, to keep the fans safe,” Koepka said of a wingless major last week. “Of course, you want to be a fan, but from what I understand, I understand how this will be possible.”
Meanwhile, PGA of America is contacting those who bought tickets in advance to set up refunds. It said it would not process a refund of tickets purchased from a secondary market platform.
The following year the PGA Championship went to Kiawah Island in South Carolina.