PGA Championship to host 10,000 per day

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Around 10,000 golf fans per day will be allowed to watch this year's US PGA Championship, tournament organisers have announced.

American Collin Morikawa will defend his title at Kiawah Island in South Carolina from May 20-23.

Face coverings will be required for all spectators, staff and volunteers, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and should be worn at all times, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.

"We're excited to welcome spectators back to the PGA Championship this May in a way that is responsible and aligned with current South Carolina health protocols," PGA of America president Jim Richerson said.

"While crowds will be smaller than originally planned, we know the passion for golf in the Carolinas will create a memorable atmosphere on course and excitement throughout the region."

Rory McIlroy won the last major to be staged at Kiawah Island, the Northern Irishman claiming an eight-shot victory in the 2012 US PGA.

April's Masters is also set to go ahead in front of a "limited number" of spectators, although officials at Augusta National have not given a specific number.