The PGA Championship trophy at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The municipal layout has been … [+]
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Exactly two months before it’s scheduled to host the final round of the PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park has shut down operations indefinitely. The heralded municipal course is among a host of San Francisco golf courses to close their doors as the result of a public health order requiring that all city residents remain in place to slow the spread of coronavirus in the community.
The order went into effect on March 17 and is effective until April 7, or until its extended, according to San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed’s office. It directs all residents to remain at their place of residence, except to conduct “essential activities, essential businesses and essential government functions.”
Golf has served as an escape for many during the pandemic crisis, giving participants an opportunity to get some exercise and peace of mind in an outdoor space where they’re not in contact with many other people.
But some clubs and municipalities are suspending golf operations along with many other activities deemed non-essential as the coronavirus threat escalates. The course shutdowns in the San Francisco area are among the most widespread thus far. TPC Harding Park is one of the nation’s most highly-regarded municipal courses and is scheduled to host the PGA Championship May 14-17. On its website, the facility said it will provide more updates on the situation as they become available.
A view from the 10th hole of TPC Harding Park, which is among the San Francisco area golf courses … [+]
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The PGA Championship is currently scheduled to be the first major championship of the season, though it’s looking increasingly unlikely that it will be held. The newest guidelines from the Center for Disease Control recommends halting gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, a window that ends just before the tournament’s scheduled date.
The PGA of America said in a statement that no decision has been made concerning the 2020 PGA Championship and that the organization’s leadership remains in close coordination and communication with representatives from San Francisco and the state of California, “evaluating plans on an ongoing basis with the health and well-being of all involved as the highest priority.”