Officials of the Bermuda Championship and the Bermuda Tourism Authority announced several significant changes to the 2020 tournament.
Back on September 1st, it was announced, a $1-million increase to the purse with 500 FedExCup points awarded to the winner for the event scheduled October 26th through November 1st at Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton.
The new developments include the PGA TOUR and the Bermuda Government have jointly granted permission for a limited number of general admission spectators per day for the second annual event at Port Royal Golf Course.
The daily allowance, whose number will be determined under the island’s public-gatherings regulations, follows a review by Bermuda’s health authorities and means Bermuda residents as well as visitors will be able to attend the event in person.
The Bermuda Championship tickets go on sale today, September 28th, and spectators can purchase tickets online through the tournament website at bermudachampionship.com/
. Gates open to the public Thursday, October 28th to Sunday, November 1st, daily general admission tickets are available online only for $35.00. Only 500 Tickets can be sold per day as of now.
The Golfers and caddies will be required to be tested before they arrive in Bermuda, they will then follow the guidelines in having a Test Day One of arrival, however, they have been granted an exemption for testing on Day Four.
Spectator protocols will include temperature checks, wearing of face masks upon entry and around the golf course, social distancing with six feet of separation, and the use of hand sanitizer, with units placed throughout the venue, including entrances, restrooms, and concession locations. For the safety of spectators and players, autographs will not be permitted.
Since the PGA TOUR season re-started in June following a three-month shutdown due to COVID-19, PGA TOUR tournaments have successfully been held without the general public.
Bermuda has been widely recognized for its achievements in controlling the pandemic, with just a handful of current cases. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ranks the island at Level 2 and Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office waived its 14-day quarantine requirement for UK residents returning from Bermuda. The island also earned the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) “Safe Travels” Stamp, awarded to destinations with top health-safety protocols. Bermuda ranks highest in the Americas for per-capita testing, with more than 60,000 coronavirus tests carried out to date and a vigilant contact-tracing process.
“Excitement continues to build as preparations come together for our second year,” said Sean Sovacool, Tournament Director. “Along with the recently announced tournament adjustments, being the first PGA TOUR event to welcome spectators on-site is a milestone the Bermuda Championship is proud to have achieved. Additional opportunities remain to take part in other capacities—including entertaining in our hospitality venue, playing alongside a TOUR professional in our Pro-Am, or participating as a marshal volunteer.”