With additional time needed to ensure PGA Tour tournaments are staged in the most safe and responsible manner possible given the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the PGA Tour announced plans for the opening portion of the 2020-21 PGA Tour regular season.
"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," said PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan.
"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."
For health and safety reasons due to Covid-19, Thursday's announcement delays that timeline three weeks starting on 8-14 June with the Charles Schwab Challenge and concluding with the Tour Championship, ending on 7 September.
At this time, the PGA Tour plans to resume play with the first four events closed to the general public but will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of local and state authorities in order to determine the most appropriate on-site access in each market.
As such, the TOUR will continually review available Covid-19-related protocols that could be implemented at PGA Tour events to ensure the health and well-being for all involved.
All three events that were previously scheduled between 18 May and 8 June - the Charles Schwab Challenge, Rocket Mortgage Classic and the Memorial Tournament - have been moved to later dates in the calendar.
The RBC Heritage (15-21 June) has been added back to the PGA Tour schedule in the week formerly occupied by the US Open, which - as previously announced - has been postponed to September.
The Canadian Open (8 June) and the Barbasol Championship (13-19 July) has been canceled.
Three invitationals on the updated schedule, the Charles Schwab Challenge (120 players), RBC Heritage (132 players) and the Memorial Tournament (120 players), will see their respective field sizes increase to 144 to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Tour members.
Summary of PGA TOUR events from 2019-20 schedule affected by date changes or cancellations:
- Canadian Open, originally scheduled for the week of 8-14 June, has been canceled;
- Charles Schwab Challenge, originally scheduled for 18-24 May, rescheduled to 8-14 June
- RBC Heritage, originally scheduled for 13-19 April, rescheduled to 15-21 June
- Rocket Mortgage Classic, originally scheduled for 25- 31 May, rescheduled to 2-5 July
- Memorial Tournament, originally scheduled for 1-7 June, rescheduled to 13-19 July
- World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Barracuda Championship, originally scheduled for 29 June-5 July, rescheduled to 27 July-2 August
- Barbasol Championship, originally scheduled for 13-19 July opposite The Open Championship, has been canceled
- Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, originally scheduled for 23-29 March and postponed on 12 March, has been rescheduled as part of the 2020-21 PGA Tour Regular Season schedule, 21-27 September
- The 6 April golf industry announcement outlined changes to the four major championships as well as the Wyndham Championship and the three FedExCup Playoffs events.
Revised 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season schedule:
8-14 June: Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
15-2 June1: RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
22-28 June: Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
2 July-5 July: Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan
6-12 July: John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
13-19 July: the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
20-26 July: 3M Open, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
27 July-2 August: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
27 July-2 August: Barracuda Championship, Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, California
3-9 August: PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
10-16 August: Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
17-23 August: The Northern Trust, TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts
24-30 August: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club (North), Olympia Fields, Illinois
31 August-7 September: Tour Championship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
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