The 2020 golf season was one for the books, that’s for sure. Postponements, cancellations, major championships without spectators.
And now that the unofficial but still totally cool PNC Championship is in the books, what’s next for the PGA Tour?
First, a break. There’s nothing scheduled for the week of Christmas or the week after Christmas. The Tour schedule resumes Jan. 7 in Maui.
The West Coast Swing will feature limited fan access, especially at the California-based events. It’s still unclear what the Tour’s plan will be for the Florida Swing, which begins the first week of March. Monahan outlined how tournaments need a six-to-eight week window to plan for various scenarios and work with local authorities to make all decisions.
In between the West Coast Swing and the Florida Swing are concurrent events Feb. 25-28—the Puerto Rico Open and the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship—for which it remains to be determined whether fans will be allowed on site, although the PGA Tour commissioner revealed that the WGC event may not happen in 2021.
“We’re continuing to work with our partners in Mexico City, Grupo Salinas and the Mexico City authorities, and we’re continuing to do everything we can to execute the WGC-Mexico event,” he said.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is set for the next weekend, March 4-7, at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida. The API was the last event to be completed in 2020 before the Tour paused operations.
Below is a look at the first part of the 2021 season and information about which tournaments will allow fans on site.
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Patrick Cantlay putts on the tenth green as Rickie Fowler looks on during the final round of the Sentry Tournament Of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course on January 05, 2020 in Kapalua, Hawaii. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images
When: Jan. 7-10
Where: Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Defending champion: Justin Thomas, who closed out 2020 with a win in the PNC Championship alongside his dad Mike.
Fans or no fans: The Maui News reported that a limited number of fans will be allowed on site.
Sony Open in Hawaii
Brendan Steele putts on the 16th hole during the third round of the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club. Photo by Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports
When: Jan. 14-17
Where: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Defending champion: Cameron Smith
Fans or no fans: The Sony Open will be contested without fans, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. However, each player will be allowed a spouse, significant other or family member to attend.
The American Express
Andrew Landry during the final round of The American Express on the Stadium course at PGA West. Photo by Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports
When: Jan. 21-24
Where: PGA West Stadium Course, La Quinta, California
Defending champion: Andrew Landry
Fans or no fans: The American Express has announced it would be held without fans. But like the Sony, each golfer will be allowed to have a spouse or significant other or family member on site during competition.
Farmers Insurance Open
A view of cliffs and Pacific Ocean during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South Course. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
When: Jan. 28-31
Where: Torrey Pines South Course, San Diego, California
Defending champion: Marc Leishman
Fans or no fans: No fans. The Century Club of San Diego is the nonprofit organization that operates the PGA Tour event.
“We recognize that COVID-19 requires dramatic modifications to the operations of our annual event,” said Century Club CEO Marty Gorsich. “We have been working closely with the PGA Tour as well as the County and City of San Diego in our planning. The safety and well-being of everyone affiliated with the Farmers Insurance Open and our community remains our top priority. While we will certainly miss the energy our fans bring to Torrey, we remain focused on delivering a PGA Tour competition that showcases the best players in the game set against the backdrop of one of the most storied courses in the world.”
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Tee marker at the 1st hole during the second round of the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Photo by Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK
When: Feb. 4-7
Where: TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
Defending champion: Webb Simpson
Fans or no fans: This tournament is synonymous for fans as it annually produces the largest attendance numbers. And it’s not even close. But in 2021, tournament director Scott Jenkins told the The Arizona Republic that the range of fans allowed will be 5,000 to 8,000, if the Open can go on as scheduled. The Phoenix Open will be the lone West Coast Swing event that will allow spouses and/or significant others, credentialed family members as well as agents or managers onsite during tournament days.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Jason Day walks up the 10th fairway during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 9, 2020 in Pebble Beach, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
When: Feb. 11-14
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
Defending champion: Nick Taylor
Fans or no fans: The AT&T will not allow spectators due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, tournament officials announced in early December. “Unfortunately our 2021 event will be unlike any of the previous editions of the tournament since Monterey County remains in a tier that will not permit live audiences at professional events in California,” said Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation in a statement.
The Genesis Invitational
Rory McIlroy putts on the second hole green as Harold Varner III watches during the third round of the 2020 Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
When: Feb. 18-21
: The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
Defending champion: Adam Scott
Fans or no fans: TBD. The official tournament website has a message that says: “Due to the current restrictions caused by COVID-19, tickets for the 2021 Genesis Invitational are not yet on sale.” Fans can fill out an online form to “be the first to know when limited opportunities become available.”
By Todd Kelly on Golfweek