PGA of America officials are now planning to hold one of four major golf championships in Harding from August 6 to 9, a source told The Chronicle. The event will be part of the revised PGA Tour schedule, which the tour is expected to announce on Monday.
These new dates at Harding were also part of a larger Golfweek report on tour efforts to develop a schedule for the rest of 2020.
The PGA Championship, originally scheduled for May 14-17, was postponed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The threat still looms: Governor Gavin Newsom indirectly questioned the new PGA dates at a press conference on Saturday.
Newsom was asked about President Trump’s prediction that the NFL season would start on time, with fans present.
“I do not expect this to happen in this state,” Newsom said. “We’ve all seen the headlines in recent days in Asia, where they were opening some businesses and now they’re starting to cancel those openings because they see some spread (of the virus) and there is a boomerang.
“You have to be very careful here. Be careful not to promise too much. “
When the PGA Championship was postponed, PGA General Manager Seth Waugh told The Chronicle that maintaining the tournament in San Francisco was “absolutely a priority.”
“We’ve been selling there for two years, and we’ve been building for a few months,” said Waugh on March 17. “It’s not about the money, but it’s about delivering something we promised to the city, and it’s obviously plan A. We don’t have plan B.”
Construction of grandstands, a sprawling merchandise tent, and other infrastructure began in Harding in late February, before the coronavirus epidemic brought the PGA Tour and other major professional sports leagues to a halt. . Most of the work stopped when officials from the Bay Area announced a shelter order on March 16.
Previously, seven days a week, bulldozers and forklifts buzzed over the course as workers erected huge tents and built stands and TV towers. The workers on the course had narrowed the fairways, maintained the greens and polished the roughs and bunkers.
The busy schedule for the PGA tour got a little respite with last month’s postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. The tour had planned an open week from July 30 to August 30. 2, to host the Olympic men’s golf competition.
Until last year, the PGA was played every year in August, usually in scorching weather conditions. This year’s edition will be the first on the West Coast since 1998, when the event was held at the Sahalee Country Club in the suburbs of Seattle. Vijay Singh won.
Brooks Koepka, currently third in the world behind Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, has won the PGA Championship each of the past two years. Koepka resisted Tiger Woods in St. Louis in August 2018 and survived Dustin Johnson in the New York suburbs in May 2019.
This year’s PGA will be the first touring event at Harding Park since McIlroy won the Match Play Championship in April 2015. Before that, Woods won the American Express Championship in October 2005 and the United States won the Presidents Cup in October 2009.