When the PGA Tour will resume its season remains uncertain because tournaments through the AT&T Byron Nelson May 7-10 are cancelled, and the PGA Championship originally scheduled for the next week is postponed. But when players do return they will do so to tournaments with larger fields.
To help make up for those lost starts, fields at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, scheduled for May 21-24, and the Memorial (June 4-7) at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, will increase from 120 players to 144, according to an e-mail sent to players this week. It’s possible other tournaments would do the same, according to a source, with the memo explaining that it’s a “priority of the tour and the Player Advisory Council to maximise additional playing opportunities this season”.
The tour also said in the e-mail that its new pace of play policy, which was slated to begin at next month’s now-cancelled RBC Heritage, will be pushed back to the beginning of next season.
So far, 11 events have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.