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Adam Scott, Lee Westwood not returning to U.S. for PGA Tour pandemic restart


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Adam Scott, Lee Westwood not returning to U.S. for PGA Tour pandemic restart

Two high-profile PGA Tour golfers stated this week that they may not come to the U.S. to play within the first a number of occasions of the tour’s mid-pandemic restart, highlighting the potential journey obstacles non-American golfers will face.

Adam Scott advised the Australian Associated Press that when the tour resumes in June, he’ll sit out the primary seven tournaments, saying he was “surprised” the journey tips associated to the coronavirus pandemic weren’t tighter.

On the flip facet, Lee Westwood doesn’t see the advantage of flying in from his native England due to the enforced self-isolation for vacationers coming from Europe to the U.S.

“Right now, I won’t be playing (the first two events),” Westwood stated in a Golf Channel interview this week. “Not with having to leave here two weeks before, quarantine, then play the two tournaments, then come back here and quarantine again. It’s six weeks for two tournaments, and to me, that’s just not worth it.”

The PGA Tour season was suspended March 12 following the primary spherical of The Players Championship. The tour has plans in place to return with the primary spherical of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 11. It would be the first of 24 straight weeks of aggressive golf.

While a lot of the tour is made up of American gamers and a plurality of European golfers play on the European Tour, there are a number of golfers in Scott’s and Westwood’s place, having to determine whether or not to journey into the U.S. — the nation with the very best COVID-19 case numbers — and play the PGA Tour schedule.

The postponed main championships gained’t start till Aug. 9 with the PGA Championship, however these additionally entice gamers from all components of the world.

“I’m definitely going to sit out and see how the first few weeks of the PGA Tour pan out, and if things are progressing well, playing Memphis the week before the PGA (Championship) is a thought,” Scott stated. “I would have to think about staying in the United States through the U.S. Open (Sept. 17). It’s going to turn into like a nine-week trip to do that, maybe more.”

Scott additionally stated he was involved that somebody who has COVID-19 however does not show signs could be allowed in to a event.

“If they’re not showing symptoms and I somehow pick it up inside the course and I’m disqualified, I’m now self-isolating for two weeks,” Scott stated. “I’d be annoyed if that happened.”

Another high non-American participant, Tommy Fleetwood of England, can even skip the beginning of the PGA Tour restart. Ranked No. 10 on the earth, Fleetwood stated that he’s “not going to travel to America and stay away for four months” due to journey restrictions.

American golfers, too, will want to make plans and doubtlessly sacrifice household time to play the brand new schedule of occasions. Some states mandate that vacationers getting into from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana (all virus sizzling spots) should quarantine themselves for 14 days.

The first 4 PGA Tour occasions, at minimal, will likely be performed with out followers allowed on the course.

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