Fans will only be able to view the event on TV, which is currently scheduled to be played from June 25-28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, as it is unclear what the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak will look like in two months. Fans who already purchased tickets via Ticketmaster will receive a full refund in the next 30 days, according to tournament director Nathan Grube.
“We look forward to the return of golf and fully support the PGA TOUR’s decision to conduct the tournament without fans on-site this year,” Andy Bessette, CEO and Executive Vice President of Travelers, said in a statement. “The health and safety of all who attend our event is the top priority, and conducting the tournament without crowds on-site is in the best interest of protecting everyone, including the broader community.”
While the monetary benefits of having fans at the tournament will be noticeably missed by the course, golf is one of the sports that is best suited to be played without fans because the golfers are looking for silence when they swing anyway.
“We’ll miss the energy that our fans bring to TPC River Highlands every year,” Bessette said. “There’s no doubt we will feel the players’ excitement in our living rooms as we watch the tournament on CBS and the Golf Channel. The Travelers Championship has a way of connecting us all, and we’re focused on continuing to deliver a world-class event.”
Additionally, the Travelers is a tournament rooted in charity. Since partnering with The Greater Hartford Community Foundation, the tournament has donated all of its net proceeds to organizations that help the local communities. Along with the charities that receive money every year, part of this year’s proceed will go towards aiding in coronavirus relief efforts in Connecticut.
“We are committed to delivering a world-class PGA TOUR event that provides 100 percent of net proceeds to worthy causes throughout the region,” Grube said. “This will include supporting our core charity partners, as well as organizations dedicated to COVID-19 relief efforts.”