Barracuda Championship, the local PGA Tour stop, to be held sans fans

Old Greenwood
Old Greenwood will host this year's Barracuda Championship. (Old Greenwood)

Barracuda Championship officials announced Monday the PGA Tour event, scheduled for July 27-Aug. 2 at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course, will be conducted without on-site spectators in accordance with current California and Nevada County guidelines in place due to COVID-19.

“While it was a difficult decision for us to make, the health and safety of everyone involved with the tournament and the surrounding area remains our number one priority,” tournament director Chris Hoff said in a news release. “We remain very excited that a global audience that will continue to be able to see the beauty of our region through the telecast on Golf Channel.”

The Barracuda Championship and PGA Tour continue to work with local and state government agencies to ensure the health and safety of the players, caddies and essential personnel who will be on the grounds at the tournament.

“I echo the sentiments from our tournament director and the PGA Tour, the health and safety of everyone that make this such a great event should be the number one priority,” BJ Jenkins, President and CEO at Barracuda, said in a news release. “We look forward to when we can all be together again on the course and hope fans will enjoy watching the exciting competition on Golf Channel.”

The 2020 playing marks the 22nd edition of the Barracuda Championship and the first at Old Greenwood. In 2019, Collin Morikawa, in just his sixth PGA Tour event as a professional, captured his first victory with a total of 47 points with the tournament’s Modified Stableford scoring system.

Barracuda Championship is the second local golf tournament that will be held without fans this summer, joining the American Century Championship, which will be played at Edgewood Golf Course from July 8-12.

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