In 2020, the entire world was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly every industry has been affected. An industry that saw significant shifts are professional sports, including the PGA Tour. After delaying the golf season by several months, the Tour decided to make some adjustments to the 2021 season that fans should be aware of.
It is not a surprise that many of the events in 2020 had to be canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cancellations are expected to have an impact. One of the notable cancellations came from the first World Golf Championship, which was set to take place in October in Shanghai. Due to the restrictions placed by the government, the 2020 tournament was canceled.
The 2021 season will also be longer than normal, as 14 events that were originally scheduled in 2020 have been pushed back. This will mean that the season includes 50 total events and will be known as the “super season.” According to the PGA Tour, the 2021 season will be the longest golf season since 1975, making it a potentially exciting year for golf fans.
Changes In Golf Majors
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic took place through most of the year, several major tournaments were forced to be rescheduled as well. Both the US Open and the Masters Tournament were delayed and have been added to the 2021 season. This means that there will be six majors in the 2021 season, as opposed to four majors.
Difference In Fans
While there have not been confirmed for the entire season, plans for spectators have been mapped out for the first seven tournaments in 2021. A few of the tournaments will allow a small number of spectators each day and depend on the local government’s restrictions in place. There have been other tournaments, including the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which will not be allowing any spectators. More announcements will follow for the tournaments throughout the remainder of the season.
Visit the PGA Tour website to learn more about the 2021 schedule.