PGA Tour modifies pointers for optimistic coronavirus exams


The PGA Tour enters its eighth week of its return to golf with one other modification to its pointers for optimistic coronavirus exams and a gradual broadening of who will get to attend tournaments. The updates on the take […]

The PGA Tour enters its eighth week of its return to golf with one other modification to its pointers for optimistic coronavirus exams and a gradual broadening of who will get to attend tournaments.

The updates on the take a look at protocols means the tip of grouping gamers who’ve recovered from the coronavirus or having them play alone and excluding them from PCR testing, which detects whether or not an individual is actively contaminated, for 3 months from after they first skilled signs.

The tour initially stated three weeks in the past, primarily based on pointers from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, that gamers or caddies who examined optimistic with signs might return after 10 days of isolation and at the least 72 hours with out a fever. CDC analysis indicated no situations have been decided the place a virus was capable of self-replicate 10 days after a optimistic take a look at, though PCR exams might choose up what quantities to useless tissue and nonetheless return a optimistic consequence. Individuals who get optimistic exams underneath these circumstances should not believed to be contagious.

As an additional layer of warning, the tour positioned such gamers in the identical group or despatched them off as a single.

In a memo despatched Tuesday to gamers, the tour stated primarily based on new CDC steerage, those that take a look at symptomatic optimistic solely need to be fever-free for 24 hours to return after they conclude the 10 days of isolation. It stated the brand new steerage additionally recommends no extra PCR testing for these gamers for 3 months.

Primarily based on the brand new pointers, the tour is getting rid of what turned often known as the COVID-19 teams. For many who take a look at optimistic and meet standards to return, the tour is lifting restrictions that stored them from the clubhouse and different amenities on the course, such because the health trailer.

The memo stated any participant or caddie on this state of affairs will meet with its medical crew to verify they match the CDC necessities.

In the meantime, the tour stated whereas there will probably be no pro-ams or paid spectators the remainder of the season that ends Sept. 7 on the Tour Championship. Nonetheless, it’s introducing a number of small packages that embrace extra individuals at occasions that the tour believes don’t diminish the well being and security plans in place.

Which means gamers can deliver a spouse or vital different, however not extra relations. There will probably be no child-care amenities at occasions.

Tournaments and title sponsors will probably be allowed to have not more than 50 friends per day. They are going to be restricted to particular areas, like hospitality tents or a room within the clubhouse. They won’t be allowed to stroll the course and should undergo screening.

The tour additionally will permit 16 two-person teams to be honorary observers that stroll exterior the ropes.

The packages will probably be utilized on a tournament-by-tournament foundation in accordance with well being pointers for the realm. It begins with the FedEx St. Jude Invitational this week. It doesn’t embrace the PGA Championship subsequent week. The Northern Belief on the TPC Boston on Aug. 20-23 has not determined whether or not the spouses or honorary observer program will probably be allowed.


The PGA Tour had its strongest fields of the 12 months when it ended three months of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That isn’t the case with the LPGA Tour, which is extra about timing and placement.

The LPGA Tour ends greater than 5 months with out a event this week on the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio. It’s a one-time occasion on the website of subsequent 12 months’s Solheim Cup, that includes a 144-player subject.

However it solely has 134 gamers, an inventory that features Laura Diaz, whose final full season was in 2015, and 55-year-old Kris Tschetter, who has performed solely two LPGA occasions since 2011.

The sector consists of American stars like Lexi Thompson, Nelly and Jessica Korda, and Danielle Kang. Lacking are high gamers from South Korea. Jin Younger Ko, Inbee Park and Jeongeun Lee6 are amongst these enjoying the Korean LPGA this week.

However whereas the PGA Tour is in its eighth week of a home schedule, the LPGA has two weeks in Ohio earlier than it heads to Scotland for 2 tournaments together with its first main on the Ladies’s British Open.


The PGA Championship tries to get at the least the highest 100 gamers on this planet rating. That received’t be potential this 12 months.

Even with quarantine laws being relaxed for these competing in sports activities, Lee Westwood stated he was not serious about a 12-hour flight, particularly with extra coronavirus sizzling spots breaking out in elements of America.

I’m nonetheless extra involved that America doesn’t take it as severely as the remainder of the world, Westwood stated after internet hosting the British Masters final week in England. I can management me not getting the virus and take all of the measures I can, however anyone may cross it on. I dont actually wish to get unwell with it and Im barely asthmatic.

Eddie Pepperell stated he wasn’t serious about having to quarantine for 2 weeks, although that was earlier than the foundations had been relaxed. Even so, he was eligible for the World Golf Championship this week in Tennessee and selected to remain residence in England for the Hero Open as a part of the UK Swing.


Justin Thomas went three months with out competing. Much more proof of the COVID-19 pandemic is he has gone greater than 5 months with out staying in a lodge.

Thomas is amongst those that have leaned on non-public housing within the two months that the PGA Tour has resumed its schedule. He’s in one other rented home this week for the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

I’m positively staying in additional homes than I normally do, Thomas stated.

He has stayed with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, two of his closest mates, within the 5 tournaments he has performed (two in Dublin, Ohio). Jason Dufner stayed with them at Muirfield Village.

We really feel higher about staying in a single home and having our small group of individuals and simply bringing a chef with us, Thomas stated. I don’t go anyplace apart from residence and the golf course. Thats the one locations I am going, the one individuals I see.

There was one exception. His canine, Frank, was with him at Muirfield Village.


Henrik Stenson is enjoying the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, that means Adam Scott (No. 9) and Shugo Imahira (No. 50) are the one gamers from the highest 50 on this planet who haven’t performed for the reason that pandemic shut down golf in March. … ISPS Handa has develop into the official companion of the European Tour’s UK Swing and title sponsor of two occasions, the Wales Open and the UK Championship. … Of the 53 stroke-play occasions within the World Golf Championships sequence that started in 1999, solely seven winners haven’t received a serious Nick Watney, Ian Poulter, Xander Schauffele, Hunter Mahan, Craig Parry, Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox. … The 20th anniversary of the Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship must wait till subsequent 12 months. The European Excursions model of the Pebble Seashore Professional-Am, scheduled for the primary week in October, has been canceled this 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the logistics concerned with 168 gamers and 168 amateurs over St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.


Of the 24 gamers who reached No. 1 for the reason that world rating started in 1986, Jon Rahm is the sixth to get there earlier than profitable a serious. The others had been Ian Woosnam, Fred {Couples}, David Duval, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. Woosnam, {Couples} and Duval every later received a serious, whereas Westwood and Donald haven’t.


There’s a motive … why lots of people don’t have an excellent closing report with a 54-hole lead. It’s exhausting. Justin Thomas.


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