The state of Ohio announced on Friday that it will allow fans at the upcoming Memorial Golf Tournament in mid-July hosted by Jack Nicklaus.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made the announcement on Twitter on Friday.
“Two weeks from today, casinos, rations, amusement parks, and water parks, will be able to open. In addition, we received safety plans for the Memorial Golf Tournament to be held July 13-19. We are approving that plan,” tweeted DeWine.
According to Golf Digest, Memorial Tournament director Dan Sullivan sent.a letter to DeWine around May 15 asking him to “ease or lift the ban on gathers of 100 or more people.
“We appeal to you to permit the four Ohio professional tournaments to allow fans this coming July and August,” the letter said, according to Golf Digest.
The Memorial Tournament is scheduled, as of now, to be the first PGA Tour event to be held without fans.
“It’s official, thanks to State approval & support from the PGA TOUR, patrons will be permitted to attend the 45th edition of The Memorial. More details coming soon regarding protocols designed to promote the health & safety of all who will be on-site at this year’s Tournament,” tweeted The Memorial.
The exact number of fans allowed at the event is unknown at this time.
According to Golf Digest, the tournament at Muirfield Village the week before will be conducted with no fans.