US PGA: Morikawa leads hopefuls into empty land of opportunity | Ewan Murray

Having no fans at Harding Park for the season’s first major may ease the pressure on the next generation of potential stars

There will be no asterisk adjacent to 2020 on the Wanamaker Trophy. That the US PGA Championship will take place from Thursday minus spectators ultimately will not matter to the player who claims the first major of a year like no other.

With strange circumstances comes opportunity. If Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods are naturally at the forefront of people’s minds at majors, the new breed could benefit from the absence of spectators at Harding Park. The US PGA backdrop will not and cannot be the same.

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