why and how will it be

why and how will it be

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Tiger Woods of the US tees off at the 16th hole during the final round of the PGA ZOZO Championship golf tournament at the Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba prefecture on October 28, 2019. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP)

If there is a sport that can pride itself on fulfilling social distancing almost naturally, it is golf. It is individual, it comes out in small groups and, once the impacts begin, each athlete retraces his own path with the ball and the sticks, at most accompanied by his caddy. Therefore, on the PGA circuit they announced a delay in resuming but they already put specific dates to return to tour the greens. That itself: behind closed doors.

Activity on the international golf club was suspended on March 12, when the coronavirus outbreak was already beginning to have a full impact in the United States. By then the first day of competition was being completed at the Florida Players Championship.

Dustin Johnson at last year's PGA Championship. (Photo: AP)

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Dustin Johnson at last year’s PGA Championship. (Photo: AP)

Activity will resume at the Fort Worth (Texas) Open beginning June 8. That date, it is worth clarifying, is almost when the US Open should have been held, but it was rescheduled for September. The British Open, Major due to be disputed a month later, it was directly canceled.

What would happen to the other greats? It was previously announced that the PGA Championship will be played from August 3 to 9 and the Augusta Masters from November 9 to 15.

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Through a statement, the circuit executives expressed: “Previously, the PGA Tour had the week of May 18 as the season’s starting point. For health and safety reasons due to the Covid-19, it is announced that this date will be delayed for three more weeks, until June 8, with the Charles Schwaab Challenge and the rescheduling of other tournaments between that date and the end of the season. , which will be with the Tour Championship and will end on September 7. ”

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Brooks Koepka, one of the main entertainers of the PGA circuit. (Photo: AFP)

Regarding the absence of fans, the entity reported that “at this time, the Tour plans to resume the game with the first four events closed to the general public, but will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the authorities to determine access more appropriate in each place ”.

Calendar modifications

  • Canadian Open, cancelled.
  • Forth Worth Invitational, del June 8 to 14.
  • Open from Hilton head, of the June 15-21.
  • Open from Detroit, of July 2-5.
  • Memorial Tournament in Ohio July 13-19.
  • St. Jude Invitational and Open Reno-Tahoe, of the July 27 to August 2.
  • Open from Dominican Republic, of the September 21 to 27 (that is, it will be part of the 2020/21 season).


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