PGA tour schedule: season will return in June without fans at first four events, six major tournaments in 2020-21


After a month of shutdown due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour has its restart date. The PGA Tour announced a modified 2019-2020 season and the fall portion of its 2020-21 season on Thursday, and the outlook is certainly exciting.

Golf is expected to return in mid-June with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. If all goes according to plan, the Colonial Country Club will host the tournament from June 11 to 14, nearly three months to the day that the PGA Tour stops playing after the first round of the players’ championship at TPC Sawgrass in March.

“The health and safety of everyone associated with the PGA Tour and our global community continues to be our number one priority, and our hope is to play a role – responsibly – in bringing the world back to profit things we love, “said Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Today’s announcement is another positive step for our fans and players as we look to the future, but as we have repeatedly emphasized, we will only resume competition when – in close collaboration with our tournaments, partners and communities – it is considered safe to do so under the direction of the main public health authorities. “

Play will resume on the PGA Tour with no fans present during the first four events. It remains to be seen whether future events will be open to the general public, as the PGA Tour will consult with national and local authorities to determine whether to allow fans to attend the tournaments.

2019-20 PGA Tour Schedule (Revised)

  • June 11-14: Charles Schwab Challenge
  • June 18-21: RBC Heritage
  • June 25-28: Travelers Championship
  • July 2-5: Rocket Mortgage Classic
  • July 9-12: John Deere Classic
  • July 16-19: Commemorative tournament
  • July 23-26: 3M Open
  • July 29-August. 2: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
  • July 29-August. 2: Barracuda Championship
  • August 6-9: PGA Championship
  • August 13-16: Wyndham Championship
  • August 20-23: The Northern Trust
  • August 27-30: BMW Championship
  • September 4-7: Tour Championship

The commemorative tournament, which runs from July 16-19, will occupy a place previously held by the Open Championship 2020, which has been canceled by R&A. The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational sneaks into a location previously occupied by the 2020 Olymics in Tokyo.

The 2020 major championship season is tentatively scheduled to begin August 6-9 with the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco – although this location and date seems tenuous now.

The FedEx Cup playoffs will follow, followed by the Tour Championship, which will take place from September 4 to 7 in East Lake and will end the 2019-2020 season as the third and final playoff event. The FedEx Cup playoffs remain largely unchanged by all of this, as the only change is a slight drop in dates.

The 2020-21 season will start right away and will consist of six majors if everything else goes as planned. So far, only the fall portion of this calendar has been announced with new dates for the US Open and Masters.

2020-21 PGA Tour Schedule (Fall)

  • September 10-13: opening of Safeway
  • September 17-20: United States Open
  • September 24-27: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
  • September 25-27: Ryder Cup
  • October 1-4: Sanderson Farms Championship
  • October 8-11: Shriners Hospitals for Children open
  • October 15-18: CJ Cup
  • October 22-25: Zozo Championship
  • October 29-Nov. 1: WGC-HSBC Champions
  • October 29-Nov. 1: Bermuda Championship
  • November 5-8: Houston Open
  • November 12-15: Masters
  • November 19-22: RSM Classic
  • December 3-6: Mayakoba Golf Classic

A military tribute to the Greenbrier has been removed from the fall part of the calendar (where it was last year) and will no longer be a PGA Tour event in the future.

Despite all these scheduled dates, everything remains fluid. Events could (and will likely change) in the coming weeks and months, especially since regulations and guidelines are being deployed at the national and federal levels. Things will be messy, especially for a sport in which so many trips (national and international) are involved.

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 the events. At this point, as long as all the safety precautions are taken, it sounds like a bargain of content for a sports world that really wants it.


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