Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai to be played without spectators

  • Tom Lehman takes a practice swing on the fairway before hitting his approach shot to the green on hole No. 18 during the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in 2019. (Rick Winters/West Hawaii Today File Photo)

The Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, in collaboration with PGA Tour Champions and title sponsor Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., announced Tuesday that the 2021 event will be played without spectators on-site at Hualalai Golf Course.

The 25th annual season-opening event on PGA Tour Champions will be held Jan. 19-23, 2021, with all three competition rounds televised on Golf Channel.

“While spectators are an important element of professional sports, after consulting with local and state officials, we are steadfast in our belief that competing without spectators in 2021 is the most responsible decision at this time,” tournament manager Kelly Fliear said in a press release. “We appreciate the understanding from our tremendous fans on the Big Island and throughout the state of Hawaii, and promise to deliver an exciting event for the game’s legends while maintaining support for our local charitable beneficiaries — Rotary Club of Kona, Daniel R. Sayre Foundation, and Big Island Junior Golf.”

The tournament plans to host official pro-ams on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Wednesday, Jan. 20; however, the pro-ams will not be open to the public, and full health and safety precautions will be in place for players and amateurs alike.

“From our return to golf through the start of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions season, the health and safety of everyone in the communities in which we play, as well as all tournament constituents, has remained our top priority,” PGA Tour Champions president Miller Brady said. “We appreciate the cooperation from Mitsubishi Electric and the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort and look forward to presenting an exciting competition for fans around the world through our broadcast partners.”

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