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Valspar Championship will allow fans at 20-30 percent capacity

It returns to Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's Copperhead Course after being canceled in 2020.
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Tiger Woods tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament on March 8, 2018, in Palm Harbor, Florida.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — The PGA TOUR’s 2021 Valspar Championship will welcome a limited number of fans after last year's event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor plans to allow fans in at 20-30 percent capacity as it continues to promote social distancing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"The PGA TOUR has authorized limited attendance for the tournament similar to the galleries permitted at other events to be held in Florida in March –  the Arnold Palmer Invitational, THE PLAYERS and the Honda Classic," the Valspar Championship wrote in a news release.

Temperature checks will happen at entrances, and fans will be required to wear masks unless seated while eating and drinking in specified areas.  

The series of 2021 Valspar Championship events kicks off with a private salute to veterans on April 26. Then, the official 72-hole tournament gets underway with the first round on April 29. It runs through May 2.

Tickets will go on sale at noon on March 25 through Ticketmaster. Proceeds will support local organizations through the Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities initiative.

“We have a limited number of tickets for each day and we will not be selling any good-any-day tickets,” Tournament Director Tracy West wrote in a statement. “We expect tickets will sell out relatively quickly, so fans are encouraged to be ready for the on-sale on the 25th.”

Starting in early April, guests at Hooters restaurants will be able to buy from a limited number of tickets for the Owl’s Nest at the 12th hole.

In a statement, the Championship said defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, who has won four Major Championships since 2017, are on the shortlist of already-committed players trying to prevent two-time defending Valspar champ Paul Casey from securing a third victory.

Click here for more information and a full schedule of events.

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