June 23, 2020 —The PGA of America has announced that it will continue with plans to host the 2020 PGA Championship without spectators on August 3-9, 2020 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The San Francisco Travel Association in partnership with the Bay Area Council and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce will continue to support golf’s first major championship of 2020. Globally, the PGA Championship will be broadcast in 164 countries and territories reaching more than a half-billion households.
Following careful coordination between the state of California, the City and County of San Francisco, and PGA of America, the decision to continue without spectators was made with consideration of the health and wellbeing of the players, officials, and media that will be in attendance. This marks the first time San Francisco and the Bay Area will play host to the prestigious PGA Championship.
“Welcoming the PGA Championship to San Francisco is the high point of a very unusual year. We are looking forward to sharing the beauty of TPC Harding Park and San Francisco with the players, the media, and viewers all over the world,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, the official destination marketing organization. “While we obviously wish we were welcoming tens of thousands of spectators to San Francisco, we are still thrilled to have this opportunity and appreciate the tremendous collaboration exhibited between local officials and the PGA of America throughout this truly unique and historic planning process.”
Originally scheduled to take place on May 3-11, the 2020 PGA Championship was officially rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to proceed with this year’s championship come as the PGA of America embarks on a 13-year run with San Francisco and the broader region that will bring worldwide attention to the Bay Area, generate jobs, provide tremendous media exposure, and provide philanthropic support for numerous community organizations.
“The tremendous amount of planning and coordination on behalf of City and State officials that has gone into our reimagined 2020 PGA Championship here in San Francisco is truly unprecedented,” said Barry Deach, 2020 PGA Championship Director. “Together, we have carved a path forward that allows the PGA of America to establish a foothold here in San Francisco for many years to come. We look forward to presenting a worldwide championship broadcast, with TPC Harding Park and San Francisco as inspiring back-drops.”
The 2020 PGA Championship –the first in the PGA of America’s landmark 11-year media rights agreement with CBS and ESPN –will feature CBS Sports, ESPN, and ESPN+ combining to deliver an unprecedented amount of broadcast and digital coverage.
“We're honored to be partners with the PGA of America for the next thirteen years and build on the great momentum of the upcoming PGA Championship. The Bay Area’s spectacular beauty will be broadcast around the world during the week-long Championship, and longtime and first-time visitors will see the extraordinary strength, diversity, and resilience of the Bay Area while they watch world-class golfers compete at TPC Harding Park,” said Jim Wunderman, CEO of the Bay Area Council.
In light of the decision to proceed without spectators, the PGA of America has maintained relationships with a robust and diverse local supply chain to provide some of the many services and amenities that the event requires. In addition, event organizers are working closely with the City and County of San Francisco to produce this first-of-its-kind major championship.
San Francisco was the first major city in the United States to implement a shelter in place policy, which has resulted in the city drastically slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. As a result, San Francisco is now in Phase 2B of its re-opening plan, which as of June 12 allowed for restaurants and bars to reopen with outdoor food and beverage service and now approves outdoor social gatherings for groups of up to 12 people. Fans and local supporters can expect unique viewing opportunities come August at restaurants and bars around San Francisco.
“We appreciate this opportunity to highlight San Francisco and all of the beauty our city has to offer,” said Rodney Fong, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Under the PGA’s long-term position in San Francisco, the PGA Championship will return to the Bay Area in 2028 when the Olympic Club will play host, followed by the Ryder Cup in 2032, also at the Olympic Club. The Ryder Cup pits top U.S. players in a team format against the best golfers from Europe and England.
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About San Francisco Travel Association
The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generated record-breaking numbers in 2018. More than 25.8 million people visited the destination, spending in excess of $10 billion. More than 82,500 jobs are supported by tourism in San Francisco. Learn more at www.sftravel.com.
About the Bay Area Council
The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policymakers, and other civic leaders as the voice of Bay Area business. Today, more than 300 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member. Our members employ more than 4.43 million workers and have revenues of $1.94 trillion, worldwide. Learn more at www.bayareacouncil.org.
About San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce represents over a thousand local businesses in the City, ranging from small legacy restaurants to large innovation companies. Over 80% of SF Chamber members are small, locally-owned businesses. The SF Chamber advocates for a progressive economy and high quality of life for everyone who lives, works, and visits the City. Learn more at www.sfchamber.com.
About the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship features one of the strongest international fields in golf, the fairest setup, and the only all-professional field among golf’s majors. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have won the PGA Championship: from Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Byron Nelson; to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy and Brooks Koepka. For more information, visit www.PGAChampionship.com.
About the PGA of AmericaThe PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with 29,000 professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org and @PGA on Twitter and find us on Facebook. and find us on Facebook.