Senior PGA to enable fans in Southern Hills, Tulsa

The Senior PGA Championship, held May 27-30 at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the newest sporting event to welcome fans.

The PGA of America announced on Friday that approximately 8,000 fans a day will be admitted to the iconic course that will host the eighth major men’s championship. It will be the first senior PGA championship to be played on the court.

The decision to admit fans to the event will be made over a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began and was made in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 2021 Seniors PGA Championship will feature multiple protocols for fans in attendance, including required face coverings, even for those already vaccinated against COVID-19. Social distancing is required, with disinfection centers spread across the course grounds.

“After a year, we are excited to restore the legacy of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship,” said PGA President Jim Richerson in a press release. “Southern Hills, with all its ancestry, is certainly a special place.”

It will be the first of two major events in Southern Hills over a year. The PGA championship is scheduled for the venue in 2022. It is the fifth time that the PGA championship has been held over the course. The site also hosted the US Open in 1958, 1977, and 2001.

Ken Tanigawa is the defending Senior PGA Champion. He won the 2019 event at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY. The 2020 tournament, which was scheduled for the Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was not contested because of the pandemic.

– Field level media

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