The looks of the planet sport are looking towards Texas this week as the PGA tour resumes its regular activities, not without upheavals. In a completely different atmosphere, golfers have to undergo medical tests and must adhere to strict instructions.
Three months have passed since the last golf tournament. It was in the hours following the first round of the players Championship of the PGA tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, cancelled due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
On 12 march, the PGA Tour was the last great sports tour in the u.s. to weigh-in on break. It is one of the first to switch it back on after the NASCAR and combat sports, including the UFC.
The smallest operational details of the circuit, Monahan will be controlled by the leaders of the major sports in american. It is sort of a test bench.
In the new reality, the events as we knew them have disappeared. This week, the Challenge Charles Schwab will be played behind closed doors on the Country Club, Colonial Fort Worth, Texas.
Looking forward to the idea of reconnecting with the competition and regain their rivals, the golfers arrived early to the Colonial. The face of the unknown, they could not but apprehend their return to work. What will be the impacts of hygiene on the game, their routine and the absence of spectators?
“Everything will be different, as have been these last three months. The year 2020 is really weird, ” said Justin Thomas on Tuesday, happy to answer questions at the press conference. If we want to get back into the game and play the sport that we love for the fans, it must accept the fact that it will be different and even a little weird. ”
Golfers must be at least six feet of their youngest and manage their equipment. After a good shot, no reaction from the crowd, and no tape in the hands with his younger brother or his playmates.
“It will be strange. If someone managed a long rode for an eagle, which is frequent here each year, it will be able to celebrate. And let’s imagine a bomb from 30 feet successful to win the tournament on the green of the 72nd hole. Nothing, we’re going to hear crickets, has imaged Jon Rahm. We will not be able to rely on the reactions of the crowd when the target is hidden in order to know if this is a good shot. “
Rahm has warned that it expects to see “oops” in the heat of the action, where emotions prevail.
This tournament played behind closed doors will remind her of those of the circuit of the NCAA when he wore the colors of the Sun Devils of Arizona state University.
“I finished university, there are only four years old, it should be similar. If this will be different for us, this should not be the case for viewers. We give you the best show possible “, assured the Spanish, which may surpass the first in the world ranking to Rory McIlroy in the event of a victory in Fort Worth, where he has experienced success in the past.
The circuit has reserved the start time of 8: 46 a.m. of the four rounds of the Challenge Charles Schwab to honor the memory of George Floyd. This moment of silence will be observed to reflect on the problems of racial and social inequality in the United States.
In addition, the LPGA tour has decided to cancel on Tuesday, the Championship Evian, this major tournament which was to be held in France from 6 to 9 August, due to restrictions and travel guidelines due to the pandemic.
The tour season female is expected to commence on 23 July on the occasion of the Classic Marathon, Ohio.