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Harding Park will stage the first Major of its 95-year history when the 102nd PGA Championship starts on Thursday

Harding Park will stage the first Major of its 95-year history when the 102nd PGA Championship starts on Thursday

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Harding Park will stage the first Major of its 95-year history when the 102nd PGA Championship starts on Thursday

A weekend when Rory McIlroy missed a celebrated sporting battle so that another one might be secured will always be inextricably linked with Harding Park. This is where San Francisco's far from modest municipal facility will stage the first Major of its 95-year history when the 102nd PGA Championship starts on Thursday behind closed doors.

It is the culmination of some remarkable happenings in these remarkable times. The lavishly-constructed merchandise pavilion of 82,000 square feet, where millions of dollars would have been spent on memorabilia of the event, has been transformed into a space exclusive to players and caddies so as to comply with social distancing regulations.

In a curious way, it reminds me of the Oak Hill Club in New York State and the way they had to radically adjust plans for the 1995 Ryder Cup, from their staging of the US Open six years previously. This included doubling the size of the media centre.