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California allows fans for US Opens if vaccinated or tested – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-04-19 16:17:57 –

Lydia Ko of New Zealand will play a tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Kapolei Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

Limited numbers at the US Women’s Open in San Francisco and the US Women’s Open in San Diego in June, as long as they are vaccinated or can prove that the coronavirus test is negative. Audience can participate.

The USGA announced its policy on Monday after consulting with California health authorities.

The US Open is not the first major to allow fans, but it will be the first major to keep spectators at a health standard through the COVID-19 vaccine or test.

The USGA did not indicate how many fans would be allowed in either championship.

The Masters did not require an estimated 8,000 spectators to be tested at Augusta National two weeks ago. The PGA Championship, which takes place May 20-23 in Kaiwer Island, South Carolina, is attended by 10,000 fans a day without the need to present negative evidence of testing or vaccination.

The LPGA tour was not attended by spectators at ANA Inspiration, which took place in the California desert earlier this month.

The United States Women’s Open will be held at the Olympic Club from June 3rd to 6th. The US Open will take place June 17-20 at Torrey Pines.

According to a policy announced by the USGA, fans, staff and volunteers will need face cover and social distance, even if they are vaccinated.

Audiences living in California must prove that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before the tournament or that the test is negative. What has not yet been decided is when the test results will be returned.

Fans outside of California must have been vaccinated 14 days ago.

Neither the Wingedfoot of the US Open in New York last September nor the US Women’s Open at the Champions Golf Club in Houston in December allowed spectators.

“Last year we missed the energy fans bring to the US Open Championship,” said John Bowden Hammer, senior managing director of the USGA Championship. “We are grateful that California’s local and state health and safety authorities are in a position to welcome some fans this year.”

The Olympic Club has held five US Open, most recently in 2012, when Webb Simpson won the championship. This is the first time this course has been used at the Women’s Open.

Torrey Pines is hosting the second US Open. Tiger Woods won the 2008 playoffs with Rocco Mediate. Municipal courses also host the year of PGA Tour events. Fans weren’t allowed at Torrey Pines in January, when Patrick Reed won.

The US Open and the US Women’s Open have been held on different courses in the same state since 1971. Lee Trevino won the US Open in Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, and a week later JoAnne Carner won the US Women’s Open at the Kakuwa Club in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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