PGA Tour

Memorial Tournament to use tracking chips to ensure social distancing

2020-05-11 21:51
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Organisers of the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour have come up with a unique and high-tech solution to ensure social distancing at the July event.

The event - founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus - will place identification chips in tournament badges, previously used to monitor entrances and exits, which will be able to track any individual round the course, including a limited number of spectators.

"At any time we can know around the golf course how many people are collecting in a certain area," said tournament director Dan Sullivan.

"We’re going to use that technology to make sure that we’re protecting everyone around us and protecting the folks who are inside those various venues.

"We will also make sure we’re monitoring effectively and producing a tournament everyone can be comfortable with."

The move is one of several protocols the PGA Tour will observe when it gets underway in June, along with limiting ticket sales, closing grandstands, banning beer sales and wearing face masks.

The PGA Tour's revised schedule gets underway with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, starting on 11 June.

The first tournament to allow a select number of spectators is the John Deere Classic in Illinois at the start of July.

The Memorial in Ohio follows on 16 July.

- TEAMtalk media

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