The U.S. Golf Association announced on Monday that a limited number of fans will be on hand for both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in California this summer.
While the PGA Tour has had limited fans at events for some time now, the LPGA has yet to offer general-admission tickets since that tour restarted last July.
The 76th U.S. Women’s Open will be held at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), in San Francisco from June 3-6, and the 121st U.S. Open will be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), in San Diego from June 17-20.
“Last year, we missed the energy that fans bring to our U.S. Open championships,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “We are grateful to our local and state health and safety officials in California to be in a position to welcome some fans back this year to witness the greatest players in the world contending for these prestigious championships, while working to maintain the health and safety of all involved.”
The USGA laid out a number of guidelines that will be place to attend both championships in California:
- Face coverings will be required for fans, staff and volunteers, and must be worn at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status
- All fans, staff and volunteers will be required to abide by social distancing guidelines
- State of California residents must show proof that vaccination against COVID-19 has occurred at least 14 days prior to the championships or that a negative test result has been received within 72 hours of entry
- Out-of-state fans must provide proof that vaccination against COVID-19 has occurred at least 14 days prior to the championship
- Information regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccination verification will be made available at uswomensopen.com and usopen.com
- Sanitization stations will be available throughout the grounds, and spectators will be permitted to bring hand sanitizer
This marks the first time both championships will be held in the same state since 2014 with the U.S. Opens were held in back-to-back weeks at Pinehurst. The only previous time was in 1971, when Lee Trevino won the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and JoAnne Carner won the Women’s Open at The Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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