Senior PGA to allow fans at Southern Hills in Tulsa

The decision to allow fans at the event comes over one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began and was made in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The PGA of America announced Friday that approximately 8,000 fans per day will be permitted everyday. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

The Senior PGA Championship, set for May 27-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla, will be the latest sporting event to welcome fans.

The PGA of America announced Friday that approximately 8,000 fans per day will be permitted on the storied course, which will be playing host to its eighth major championship for men. It will be the first-ever Senior PGA Championship to be played on the course.

The decision to allow fans at the event comes over one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began and was made in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The 2021 Senior PGA Championship will have several protocols for fans in attendance, including required face coverings, even for those already vaccinated against COVID-19. Social distancing will be required, with sanitization centres throughout the course property.

"After a year away, we're excited to re-establish the legacy of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship," PGA President Jim Richerson said in a release. "Southern Hills, with all of its pedigree, is certainly a special place."

It will be the first of two major events at Southern Hills over a one-year stretch, with the PGA Championship, set for the venue in 2022. It will be the fifth time the PGA Championship will be contested over the course. The site also was the host of the U.S. Open in 1958, 1977 and 2001.

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Ken Tanigawa is the defending Senior PGA champion. He won the 2019 event at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. The 2020 tournament, set for the Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., was not contested because of the pandemic.