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The Memorial Golf Tournament flips, cancels fans

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"We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a solid plan that would allow for limited fan attendance at next week's event," said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement. "But given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our Return to Golf -- the health and safety of all involved.

"While this was a difficult decision, it was one made collectively, and we are appreciative of the process undertaken to this point that will allow us to welcome on-site fans when the time is right.  In the meantime, we have no doubt that the Memorial Tournament will once again be an incredible championship and deliver the best competitive environment for our players and utmost entertainment to our fans around the world."

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved a plan to host up to 8,000 fans about a month ago. Included in the plan were mandatory masks, temperature readings, limited media, sanitation stations and one-way traffic procedures all intended to protect the public.

This is another huge hit the the Ohio economy, as the entire Hall of Fame festivities were all canceled a few weeks ago, marking a cancellation of possibly the two biggest sporting events in the state each summer.

 

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Plans originally called for up to 8,000 spectators to watch the Memorial on July 16-19, however, tournament officials have reversed that decision. "We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a […]