With increasing COVID cases, Waste Management Phoenix Open lowers spectator limit

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The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be quieter than expected after reducing its attendance limits due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the region.

After previously setting a cap of 8,000 spectators for what is usually the busiest event on the PGA Tour calendar, tournament director Scott Jenkins announced on Wednesday that the daily attendance limit would instead be reduced to less than 5000. This will still mark the most fans on the spot since the return of the Tour last June; The Houston Open last year saw 2,000 spectators per day.

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Although the tournament stopped posting attendance figures in 2019, more than 700,000 fans walked through the gates in 2018.

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Jenkins said the Phoenix Open will implement all usual security protocols, including entrance temperature checks and a field mask requirement.

“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,” a- he declared.

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The Phoenix Open takes place February 4-7 at TPC Scottsdale. Jon Rahm, Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka, Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler are among those who have already pledged to play.