Following Augusta National’s lead, the PGA of America has announced fans will be in attendance when the PGA Championship is played on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in May. This just nine months after a fan-less PGA was played at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco last August.
In all, 10,000 fans will be allowed in the gates at Kiawah in May, which is a lot more than we have seen at recent events. In Hawaii, there were a handful at the first event of the year on the PGA Tour. In California, there were none. At the Phoenix Open a few weeks ago, there were around 5,000 fans per day, and it felt like a sea of people after so many months without them.
This decision by the PGA of America was made in conjunction with the state of South Carolina, MUSC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.