ATLANTA — The news comes as no surprise. Sports are just beginning to resume after a long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most are without fans.
Tournament officials announced Monday that out of an abundance of caution due to the continuously changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, the TOUR Championship will be played without spectators at East Lake Golf Club over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7.
Ultimately, the decision by the tournament to be spectator free was in collaboration with local and state government and health officials and the PGA TOUR to ensure the well-being of all involved with the TOUR Championship, they said.
“These decisions are never easy, and we would like to thank the City of Atlanta and PGA TOUR headquarters for their extensive collaboration as we arrived at what was the best decision for all involved with the TOUR Championship and the community. We are still very excited about showcasing the world’s 30 best players and the City of Atlanta to a global television audience and continuing our mission of raising funds and awareness for the East Lake Foundation and all of our charitable beneficiaries,” TOUR Championship Executive Director Allison Fillmore said.
“Each year, a portion of every ticket purchased to the TOUR Championship is invested back into the community. With no fans on site this year, we plan to exhaust every option to generate the necessary funds for these very deserving organizations.”
Fans are now able to donate in support of the TOUR Championship’s charitable partners through PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. All proceeds will benefit the tournament’s four primary charitable beneficiaries: East Lake Foundation, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Grove Park Foundation and First Tee® of Metro Atlanta.
Donations can be made directly through PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. here: TOUR Championship COVID-19 Relief Fund
“The East Lake Foundation and our charitable beneficiaries need our help to accomplish their goals, so we are hopeful that our fans jump at this opportunity to make a personal contribution,” Fillmore said.