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Memorial Tournament Rescheduled for July

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The 45th annual Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide has been rescheduled for July 13-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the golf tournament was pushed back from its original dates of June 1-7.

“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.”

Currently, the plan is to allow spectators at the event, but organizers note this could change based on continued state response to the pandemic. The Memorial Tournament will continue to offer patron badges, including a special offer that honors original presale badge rates along with a complimentary $20 merchandise card. If the tournament has to move forward 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 13. 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.

— Memorial Tournament Executive Director Dan Sullivan

The field of golfers will also be expanded for the 2020 tournament, from 120 to 144, to provide additional playing opportunities for touring professionals in light of the PGA TOUR’s reduced schedule.

“We were also happy to expand our field, as so many players around the world have lost opportunities to make a living,” Nicklaus said. “If a gesture so small can help some of them recoup their losses, we are all for it.”

The Memorial Tournament is the latest in a number of high-profile spring and summer events around Central Ohio to see adjusted schedules or cancelations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival and Columbus Arts Festival, among others, have been canceled, while the Columbus Pride Festival has rescheduled for fall and the fate of ComFest is up in the air.

For more information, visit thememorialtournament.com.

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