Statement Regarding COVID-19
April 16, 2020 Statement
THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 13-19, 2020
Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the 45th edition of the world-renowned event founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus has been rescheduled as a result of the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In conjunction with today’s PGA TOUR adjusted tournament schedule announcement, the 2020 Memorial Tournament will now be contested the week of July 13-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and feature an increased field from 120 to 144 players. The invitational’s one-time expanded field size allowance will provide additional playing opportunities for touring professionals in light of the TOUR’s reduced schedule.
“This is an unprecedented time in our world, as well as the world of sports,” said Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “I can’t emphasize enough the message related to doing your part by social distancing and helping our nation and world by slowing this pandemic. But while we all need to come together and be strong, we also need to be understanding and flexible. When the PGA TOUR was looking at how and when to revamp the golf calendar, the Memorial Tournament was quick to raise its hand and step up, and offer support for a new date. Like all of you, I was saddened to see tournaments and major championships postponed, and The Open Championship cancelled for 2020. But we appreciate the PGA TOUR giving the Memorial Tournament the opportunity to fill that void in the schedule with these July dates and to bring golf to Central Ohio. We were also happy to expand our field, as so many players around the world have lost opportunities to make a living. If a gesture so small can help some of them recoup their losses, we are all for it.”
“This has been a couple months we would soon like to forget, but hopefully we can make this a summer to remember.”
Recognizing Governor DeWine’s Ohio Stay at Home order and public gatherings ban guidelines currently in place, the Memorial will proceed with an understanding that its operation may require alterations. The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will continue to offer patron badges, enhanced with a special offer that includes honoring original presale badge rates – starting at $185 for a weekly patron badge – and a complimentary $20 merchandise card (limit one per order, per household) redeemable at all on-site golf shops during Tournament week. However, the Tournament will also monitor the State of Ohio COVID-19 regulations and will employ changes relative to patron access if needed. If it is determined that the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will be staged without patrons, a full refund policy will be implemented.
“All associated with the Memorial Tournament are encouraged to be able to reschedule the event for the week of July 13th,” said Dan Sullivan, the Tournament’s executive director. “Although many unknowns remain, we are
hopeful the next few months provide an opportunity for everyone to return to a level of normalcy and central Ohioans will be able to publicly come together. The health and safety of everyone associated with the Memorial Tournament and the Greater Columbus community is and will continue to be the No. 1 priority for the Memorial, our presenting sponsor Nationwide and the PGA TOUR, as we navigate this ongoing and very fluid situation. We understand the concerns regarding large public gatherings as it relates to COVID-19, and it is important to stress as we prepare for the 2020 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, that we are working closely with the PGA TOUR and local medical professionals, while continuing to follow the advice and recommendations of Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton as well as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. We are focused on offering an environment that includes allowing patrons and guests, yet we remain committed to a responsible, thoughtful and transparent decision-making process via regular updates as we continue to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and consider a number of options for the Tournament moving forward.”
As always, we encourage our fans to stay informed on the developments of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 through official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov) and coronavirus.ohio.gov/.
UPDATED: MARCH 24, 2020
Please find below an update from the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide regarding operational elements related to COVID-19 and the annual setup of the Memorial.
First and foremost, the health and safety of everyone associated with the Memorial Tournament and our community remains our No. 1 priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced on March 18th that, working closely with the PGA TOUR and Nationwide and constantly reviewing this obviously very fluid situation, the Tournament – after monitoring information provided by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control along with local and state government health agencies – is at this time proceeding with the planning tied to hosting the 45th playing of the Memorial.
As a result, and due to the operational set-up time required to stage a PGA TOUR event, the delivery of certain equipment is scheduled to begin arriving to our facility this week. Please note that these materials are being delivered and stored for the time being. The on-course build-out of the Tournament has been delayed, including the installation of the perimeter fence, until an undetermined date. That timing will continually be monitored and adjusted, as needed, over the coming weeks.
As always, we encourage our fans to stay informed on the developments of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 through official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov) and coronavirus.ohio.gov. We will provide further updates as new information becomes available.
The PGA TOUR, together with Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, The R&A and USGA issued a joint statement on April 6 providing an update on what may still be possible this year for the world of professional golf due to the ongoing health crises related to COVID-19.
As a result of this news, please find below an update regarding the 2020 playing of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
First and foremost, the health and safety of everyone associated with the Memorial Tournament and our community will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is obviously a very fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and we – working closely with the PGA TOUR and Nationwide – are dedicated to all three aspects. As we remain focused on hosting the 45th Memorial Tournament with fans in attendance, we will carefully monitor information provided by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control along with local and state government health agencies. We continue to work with the PGA TOUR to determine the ultimate scheduled date for the 2020 Memorial and look forward to providing regular status updates, including any additional protocols put in place to ensure the health and safety of all who will be on site for this year’s Tournament.
We encourage our fans to stay informed on the developments of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 through official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and coronavirus.ohio.gov. We will provide further updates as new information becomes available.