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Fans will not be allowed to attend Memorial Tournament after all

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01:  A general view of the 18th hole and clubhouse during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01: A general view of the 18th hole and clubhouse during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Credit: Scott Halleran

Credit: Scott Halleran

Fans will not be allowed to attend the Memorial Tournament after all.

The PGA Tour and Memorial announced Monday “that despite a robust health and safety plan and State of Ohio approval for limited patron attendance, the world-renowned event founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus will instead be held without fans on site and with no pro-am, due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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The 45th annual tournament will be played July 14-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.

“We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a solid plan that would allow for limited fan attendance at next week’s event,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan in a press release. “But 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. 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.”