The PGA Tour will resume play in eight weeks, officials announced Thursday, designating the Charles Schwab Challenge in mid-June in Fort Worth, Texas, as the first competition since the coronavirus pandemic halted play last month.
The Schwab event, to be played June 11-14 at Colonial Country Club, will be the first PGA Tour competition since the Players Championship was canceled March 12 after the first round of play, as the scope of the pandemic was becoming more apparent in the U.S. The first four tournaments will not allow fans to attend, officials said.
“The health and safety of all associated with the PGA Tour and our global community continues to be our No. 1 priority, and our hope is to play a role – responsibly – in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a news release. “Today’s announcement is another positive step for our fans and players as we look toward the future, but as we’ve stressed on several occasions, we will resume competition only when – working closely with our tournaments, partners and communities – it is considered safe to do so under the guidance of the leading public-health authorities.”
Since suspending the season March 12 with the cancellation of the Players Championship after the first round, the Tour has pointed toward the Charles Schwab Challenge as the return of competition. However, the Schwab was scheduled for May 21-24. In pushing back three weeks for the new return to competition, the Schwab event bumps the RBC Canadian Open off the schedule.
Three invitationals on the updated schedule – Charles Schwab Challenge (120 players), RBC Heritage (132 players) and Memorial Tournament (120 players) – will increase their respective field sizes to 144 to provide additional playing opportunities for Tour members.
The Tour and other golf leaders recently announced schedule changes to accommodate the three U.S. major championships, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.
With 22 tournaments having been played in the 2019-20 season, the Tour's revised schedule will consist of 36 events, down from 49 to start the season.
The Tour also announced updates to the schedules on its developmental Korn Ferry and Mackenzie tours.
Revised PGA Tour 2019-20 season schedule:
- June 11-14: Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
- June 18-21: RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
- June 25-28: Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
- July 2-5: Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit
- July 9-12: John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.
- July 16-19: Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
- July 23-26: 3M Open, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.
- July 30-Aug. 2: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
- July 30-Aug. 2: Barracuda Championship, Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, Calif.
- Aug. 6-9: PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco
- August 13-16: Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.
- Aug. 20-23: The Northern Trust, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
- Aug. 27-30: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club (North)
- Sept. 4-7: Tour Championship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta
- Sept. 10-13: Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa (North), Napa, Calif. (part of 2020-21 season)
- Sept. 17-20: U.S. Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
- Sept. 24-27: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (part of 2020-21 season)
- Sept. 25-27: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wis.
- Oct. 1-4: Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) (part of 2020-21 season)
- Oct. 8-11: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas (part of 2020-21 season)
- Oct. 15-18: CJ Cup, Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (part of 2020-21 season)
- Oct. 22-25: Zozo Championship, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Inzai, Japan (part of 2020-21 season)
- Oct. 29-Nov. 1: WGC HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai (part of 2020-21 season)
- Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Bermuda Championship, Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda (part of 2020-21 season)
- Nov. 5-8: Houston Open, Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston (part of 2020-21 season)
- Nov. 12-15: Masters Tournament, Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club
- Nov. 19-22: RSM Classic, Sea Island (Ga.) Resort (Seaside and Plantation)
- Dec. 3-6: Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Dec. 3-6: Hero World Challenge, Albany, New Providence, Bahamas (unofficial event)
- Dec. 10-13: QBE Shootout, Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla. (unofficial event)
- Dec. 17-20: PNC Father-Son Challenge, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Fla. (unofficial event)
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