Global golfers not sold on PGA Tour's restart plan: 'Not worth it'

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2020

While PGA Tour executive Andy Levinson told reporters last week that he'd like to work with the government to welcome pro players back to the States, he also acknowledged quarantine protocols are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

The UK-based Lee Westwood brought it up this week in an interview with the Golf Channel saying it's "just not worth it" to play in any PGA Tour events right now. I'm with Lee (Westwood) on that.

The world's No. 31-ranked golfer would then have to quarantine for another two weeks upon returning to Britain.

Under the current guidelines, players will have to quarantine for two weeks before being cleared to participate, which would mean that Westwood would need to arrive on Monday in order to even be eligible for the first event, ESPN reported. "I don't feel like golf's a priority, it's that severe".

Fleetwood echoed that it would require too much time away from home to play at the Colonial and other USA -based events in the near future.

When it does, however, Adam Scott doesn't plan to be there.

Scott, 39, has 14 PGA Tour victories, including The Genesis Invitational this year before play was suspended.

"We haven't played any majors in the qualification process, there's a few World Golf Championships missed off there and there's a BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, that we would finalise it in that's now looking like being moved and out of the qualifying", Westwood added.

"It's going to be hard, I think everyone is waiting on the PGA Tour to lead the way in terms of a test (tournament)", Harding told reporters during a Sunshine Tour Zoom press conference. After that, there would be daily screenings and thermal readings.

"They are being fairly thorough, but my initial reaction was I was surprised (the plan) wasn't tighter than it is", Scott said, according to the Australian Associated Press' Evin Priest. "You'd want that in place before competing".

"The other [concern] is it seems an asymptomatic person could operate within a tournament".

"It's six weeks for two tournaments, and to me that's just not worth it".

"I know we've only played for 37 per cent of the points on the European Tour so a lot of things can happen". That's why it has frozen players' statuses for the 2020-21 season unless they earn a higher ranking during this shortened season.

Earlier this week, long-time pro Lee Westwood from the United Kingdom also indicated he will be skipping upcoming dates on the PGA schedule because of the quarantine rules in place for global travellers arriving in the United States.

Harding is set to play fellow Sunshine Tour golfer Oliver Bekker in Sunday's Virtual Sunshine Tour online match which is scheduled to start at 15:00. Schauffele is considered a budding star in golf following a runner-up finish at the Masters a year ago and a runner-up finish at the British Open in 2018.

Schauffele has been ranked as high as No. 6 in the world.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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