Memorial Tournament to use tracking devices

Memorial Tournament to use frequency identification chips in tournament badges to track any individual round the course to ensure social distancing at July event

  • The Memorial Tournament – founded by Jack Nicklaus – begins on July 16
  • Organisers have come up with a high-tech solution for social distancing 
  • Chips in tournament badges will be able to track individuals round the course

Organisers of the Memorial Tournament — founded by Jack Nicklaus — have come up with a high-tech solution for social distancing at the July event.

Frequency identification chips in tournament badges, previously used to monitor entrances and exits, will be able to track any individual round the course, including a limited number of spectators.

‘At any time we can know around the golf course how many people are collecting in a certain area,’ said tournament director Dan Sullivan.  

Organisers of the Memorial Tournament have come up with a solution for social distancing

‘We’re going to use that technology to make sure that we’re protecting everyone around us and protecting the folks who are inside those various venues.

‘We will also make sure we’re monitoring effectively and producing a tournament everyone can be comfortable with.’

The plan is one of several post-coronavirus protocols which include limiting ticket sales, closing grandstands, banning beer sales and wearing masks.

The PGA Tour released a revised schedule in April with the first four events to be behind closed doors. First up is the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, starting on June 11.

The John Deere Classic in Illinois at the start of July has been pencilled in as the first to allow spectators. Next is the Memorial in Ohio, starting on July 16.

The tournament, founded by Jack Nicklaus (R), was won by Patrick Cantlay last year

Joost Luiten overcame an 18-strong field, including Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, to win the inaugural BMW Indoor Invitational. His six-under-par 66 clinched the one-round event, with all players taking part from home on a golf simulator.




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