Golf is on track to become the latest sport getting back to business after the ongoing pandemic halted all sporting activities all over the world. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan gave his views about everything the sport went through to gt to this stage of resuming the tour.
About the pandemic he said, “I don’t think it’s over. I’m really confident in the plan. But you spend a lot of your time, given the uncertainty, thinking through scenarios that could play out. That’s what we’ll continue to do. We won’t be comfortable until we’re told we can be comfortable. That will be when we have a vaccine and there’s no risk.”
Golf will start in full force with the Charles Schwab Challenge next week in Fort Worth, Texas, with the top five ranked players. It has been decided that there will be no spectators for at least a month. This decision was taken even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week moved the state to Phase III in the recovery that allows outdoor events at 50% capacity.
Jay Monahan added, “We’ve developed a safety plan that doesn’t include spectators. That’s what we stand by. We want to have a sustained return. If you think about a run to go through the FedEx Cup, we want to make sure week to week we’re not taking on unnecessary risk.”
The players were even mailed test kits beforehand and were recommended to use it before they travel. Among other safety measures – the players will be tested when they arrive at tournaments and before they leave if they’re on charter flights the tour has arranged, and then the process is repeated at the next tournament. Thermal readings and health surveys are required daily, along with sanitizing and social distancing.