Dustin Johnson says it was surreal sinking the ultimate putt to win final yr’s Vacationers Championship with fewer than 40 spectators politely clapping as a substitute of the hundreds that normally fill the bowl surrounding the 18th inexperienced at TPC River Highlands.
The PGA Tour occasion in Connecticut was among the many first sporting occasions in 2020 to renew in its regular spot following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, however as a TV-only expertise for followers.
“It felt like junior golf virtually, you understand like a pair mother and father standing round clapping for you,” Johnson mentioned Monday throughout the event’s annual media day information convention. “However you understand it is a huge win. You understand individuals are watching at house.”
The world’s top-ranked participant, who went on to win the Masters final yr, plans to be again in Cromwell subsequent month when the Vacationers makes an attempt to get again to a semblance of normalcy.
The event might be held June 24-27, the week after the U.S. Open. It’s going to welcome again followers however with a diminished crowd of about 10,000 every day.
Nathan Grube, the event’s director, mentioned Vacationers officers are keeping track of vaccination and an infection charges and will alter what protocols will or will not be wanted. As of now, they anticipate to ask followers to proceed sporting masks on the golf course and preserve a social distance from each other.
He mentioned growing the gang capability could be troublesome to do that late within the course of.
“We’ve got been already on web site constructing the services that we’ll have on the market,” he mentioned. “In order that’s a quantity that we really feel very, superb about.”
Requested how the event will implement protocols, Grube mentioned he expects followers will observe them the identical approach they observe the principles on when it is acceptable to cheer and once they must be quiet.
“I do not take a look at it a lot as enforcement, I take a look at it as schooling,” he mentioned.