In this pandemic-altered sports season, the PGA Tour is playing in Las Vegas the next two weeks – without fans. This week it’s the annual stop at the Tournament Players Club, Summerlin for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Next week will be the relocated CJ Cup at Wynn’s exclusive Shadow Creek Resort.

Even without fans, golf is experiencing a renaissance. Tiger Woods’ return to the game in 2018, and his return to glory at the 2019 Masters, started it. And the coronavirus pandemic, ironically, made golf the ideal socially distanced sport. After many courses shut down in March and April, rounds played over the summer have peaked 6 to 20% over the same months last year. Golf equipment sales in July set an all-time record.

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