The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday that there will be no fans in attendance at the 2020 edition U.S. Women's Open at Houston.
The U.S. Women's Open was postponed from June to Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club after the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe in the spring.
The Open is the next-to-last event on the 2020 LPGA schedule, slated for the week before the season-ending CMU Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. The LPGA has not allowed fans for any of its events since the tour restarted its 2020 season in July.
The USGA also barred fans from attending the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women's Amateur and the U.S. Open.
"Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women's Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved," USGA senior managing director of championships John Bodenhamer said in a statement.
The player field size will remain at 156 players, but due to limited daylight hours in December, the 75th edition of the U.S. Women's Open will be conducted over two tracks -- the Jackrabbit Course and Cypress Creek Courses at Champions Golf Club.
Next month, the PGA Tour's Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park plans to allow 2,000 fans on-site daily. Phil Mickelson said Wednesday that the fan presence, and the increased risk associated with more people on and the around the course, might keep him from competing. The Vivint Houston Open takes place Nov. 5-8, the week before the Masters.
--Field Level Media