After a month of shutdown due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour has its restart date, according to Golf Digest. The tour is expected to return to action June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas at the Colonial Country Club. If this date is extended, it will be almost three months to the day that the PGA Tour will stop playing after the first round of the Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass in March.
The rest of the summer schedule should run as follows, the report said.
- Charles Schwab Challenge: June 11-14
- RBC Heritage: June 18-21
- Travelers Championship: June 25-28
- Rocket Mortgage Classic: July 2-5
- John Deere Classic: July 9-12
- The commemorative tournament: July 16-19
- 3M Open: July 23-26
- WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: July 29 – August 2
Many of these tournaments should be played without fans. It makes sense and illustrates why golf is the easiest sport to bring to the fore. You can theoretically play a round of golf without getting closer than 6 feet from anyone. However, since many different states and regulations are involved here, the process will be complicated.
The WGC event in Memphis will be followed by the start of the great 2020 championship season, which is tentatively scheduled to begin August 6-9 with the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco – though this situationnow.
Then come the Wyndham Championship and the FedEx Cup Playoffs in late August. Then the US Open is scheduled to take place September 17-20, followed by the Ryder Cup September 25-27. The Masters 2020 is scheduled from November 12 to 15.
All of this is – as has always been – fairly fluid. Things could (and probably will) change in the weeks and months to come, especially as regulations and directives are deployed at the state and federal levels. Things will be messy, especially for a sport in which so many trips (national and international) are involved.
Still, there is a glimmer of hope here that golf could return this summer and make its way through the rest of the year, even without fans at events. At this point, as long as all the safety precautions are taken, it sounds like a goldmine of content for a sports world hungry for this very thing.