No fans allowed at WinCo Foods Portland Open
For the seventh year in a row, professional golf will come to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains this August.
But golf fans will have to watch the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz on television.
No fans will be allowed when the Korn Ferry Tour tournament takes place Aug. 6-9.
The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and deadlines related to tournament preparation caused tournament officials to announce on Wednesday, July 8, that the tournament will go on, but without spectators.
Golf Channel will carry all four rounds of the tournament live. Broadcast times will be announced later.
"From day one, the health and safety of the Portland community, as well as our players, volunteers and partners, has remained of utmost importance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic," said Jeff Sanders, executive director of the tournament, in a press release. "We will continue to work closely with the PGA Tour, as well as local, state and federal agencies to ensure the well-being of all who are allowed onsite during tournament week."
In addition to prize money, Korn Ferry Tour golfers compete throughout the year for enough points to earn a PGA Tour card for the following season. Last August, Portland native Scott Harrington finished second to Bo Hoag at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, a result that earned Harrington a PGA Tour slot for the 2020 season.
The Portland Open has traditionally been the final event on the Korn Ferry Tour schedule. Because of COVID-19 postponements, this year's schedule continues into October with eight tournaments following the Portland stop.
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