Next week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio was supposed to be the first PGA event with fans in attendance since the coronavirus pandemic began. That is no longer the case. This morning, the PGA announced that the Memorial will be held without fans as cases spike nationwide.
“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,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “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.”
So far, the field for the Memorial includes Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, and Bryson DeChambeau, who just won the Rocket Mortgage Classic this weekend. ICYMI, DeChambeau has become quite the controversial figure on the tour, confronting a cameraman for capturing him throwing his club into the sand after a bunker shot (so basically, doing his job):
Bryson running a little hot. Caught up with him on 7 where he took a Sergio slash at the sand after splashing out of a greenside bunker, muttered an expletive after missing the par save and spent 60 seconds in a…testy discussion with a cameraman on his way to 8 tee. pic.twitter.com/ENjQt1U689
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 4, 2020
Yeah, I am not Team Bryce.