There will be no fans allowed on-site at the Olympic Club in San Francisco for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The tournament is scheduled for June 3-6.
The Chronicle’s report says that state and local public health officials made the decision in coordination with the United States Golf Association and LPGA and that only a limited number of Olympic Club members will be permitted on-site during the event.
“It is important to have fans attend the U.S. Women’s Open,” said USWO championship director Matt Sawicki in a statement provided to Golfweek earlier this week, “but health and safety protocols for all attendees remains our first priority. We are working closely with the City and County of San Francisco as well as the State of California to create the best environment possible.”
The 2020 U.S. Women’s Open was postponed from last June to December and was played in Houston, also without fans.
The LPGA’s first major of this season, the ANA Inspiration, announced in February it would be conducted without fans. The ANA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers released an open letter to fans recently about this year’s AIG Women’s British Open, stating that it’s hopeful fans will be in attendance at Carnoustie but no decision has been made.