Attendance at next month’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, which was slated to be capped at 8,000 spectators per day due to COVID concerns, is further reduced as the pandemic continues to soar in Arizona.
Tournament Director Scott Jenkins announced on Wednesday that the daily entry limit will be less than 5,000 people per day, Wednesday through Sunday, for the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale scheduled for February 1-7. This includes Wednesday’s traditional pro-am day as well as the four rounds of the tournament.
“The tournament will implement strict COVID security protocols, including, but certainly not limited to, the mandatory wearing of masks throughout the tournament grounds and heat screening of every guest at the entrance,” Jenkins said in the press release. “TPC Scottsdale’s expansive, 192-acre outdoor landscaping is conducive to social distancing and, combined with the strict COVID security protocols in place, the Thunderbirds are confident we can host a safe and responsible tournament in February.
Few golf events have had fans in attendance since the PGA Tour restarted last June. The Vivint Houston Open in November was the first to welcome spectators and had around 2,000 fans every day.
“The Thunderbirds continue to work closely with the PGA TOUR, local government, and health officials to have limited fans at the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open,” the statement said. “Since returning to competition in June 2020, the PGA TOUR has a proven track record of health and safety in the communities in which it plays, including several events with ticketed spectators. We hope to be able to accommodate an extremely limited number of socially distant fans at “The People’s Open”.