Did PGA Resume Play Too Soon

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Did PGA Resume Play Too Soon

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Apparently the PGA is re-examining its covid-19 safety protocols after a small number of players/caddies test positive.

From PGAtour.com

On the heels of three positive COVID-19 test results during the Travelers Championship and five player withdrawals, the PGA TOUR, its players and caddies are making an increased commitment to safety measures in its Return to Golf.

“We all need to remind ourselves that we're all learning to live with this virus,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a Wednesday press conference. “… It's pretty clear that this virus isn't going anywhere.”

Anyone needing a reminder received it loud and clear this week with the WDs of five players – Brooks Koepka and his brother, Chase; last week’s RBC Heritage winner Webb Simpson; and Cameron Champ and Graeme McDowell.

Of the five players, Champ was the only one who tested positive. The others were precautionary moves, with the caddies for Brooks Koepka and McDowell testing positive, and a family member of Simpson’s also testing positive. Chase Koepka, a Monday qualifier this week, opted to withdraw after playing a practice round with his brother and McDowell, even though neither he nor his caddie had tested positive. “I feel as if this is the best decision to keep all other players, caddies and volunteers safe,” he explained.

Although just seven of the 2,757 total in-market tournament tests (for both the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour) in the first three weeks have come back positive – a rate of 0.025% -- safety, of course, remains the primary concern for those involved in staging and participating in PGA TOUR events. “It's a low number on a percentage basis,” Monahan said. “But every number hurts.” (excerpt)

https://www.pgatour.com/news/2020/06/24 ... virus.html


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The Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin will no longer have fan's onsite due to "Rapidly Changing" dynamics of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Though there will not be fan's in attendance, the 45th edition of the Memorial Tournament will still go on in Dublin from July 14th thru July 19th.



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Tiger Woods has announced that he intends to return to the PGA Tour on July 16th for the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Woods said he is looking forward to playing next week, I've missed going out and competing with the guys, and can't wait to get back out there. Woods last played in a PGA Tour event in February in the Genesis Invitational.



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Justin Thomas leads Workday Charity Open after 3 Rds. He also remains bogey-free after 3 Rds. After turning a 3-shot deficit into a 2-shot lead with another clean card, he said he was just going to keep trying to hit the fairways and the greens, and then try to make as many birdies as he could. Thomas is a proven star, he has already been a major champion, plus a former world #1 at the age of 27. He is going after his 3rd victory this season, and the 13th victory of his career.



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Collin Morikawa outlasted Justin Thomas in Playoff to claim Workday Charity Open Win. Collin Morikawa never looked like a winner, until he tapped in for par on the 3rd playoff hole, capping off a wild finish Sunday at Muirfield Village. Morikawa trailed Justin Thomas by 3 shots with 3 holes to play, and managed to get into a playoff with a 6-under 66. Then after watching Thomas hole a 50 foot birdie putt on the 1st extra hole, he had to make a 25 footer just to stay alive. He could only watch as Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the 2nd playoff hole. It finally ended on No-10, when Thomas had to lay up from behind a tree and make bogey. Morikawa then took 2 putts from just inside 10 feet for his 2nd career victory, and 1st against a strong PGA Tour field. I'm sure that Thomas feels as if he lost the tournament after blowing a 3 shot lead with 3 holed to go.



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What a finish! Those two long putts were insane. Next weeks tournament will have its work cut out to match all the drama that had. I don't understand why Thomas was so stubborn about using that 3 wood to tee off. It was getting him in more trouble than it was worth. Just get the driver out and bomb it down there. So many times I see these pros playing it safe thinking they will just get in the fairway and they end up in the rough with a terrible lie.



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cbolt wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:25 am
What a finish! Those two long putts were insane. Next weeks tournament will have its work cut out to match all the drama that had. I don't understand why Thomas was so stubborn about using that 3 wood to tee off. It was getting him in more trouble than it was worth. Just get the driver out and bomb it down there. So many times I see these pros playing it safe thinking they will just get in the fairway and they end up in the rough with a terrible lie.
I didn't get to see any of the tournament, it sounds as if you saw quite a finish. Did Thomas just make a lot of mistakes on the last 3 holes of regulation, and Morikawa just took advantage of the situation ?



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