Thursday, June 11

PGA Tour Returns With No Gallery at Colonial; 3 on Korn Ferry Tour Test Positive for Coronavirus



THE PGA TOUR IS BACK. The Charles Schwab Challenge is underway at Colonial in Forth Worth, Texas. Justin Rose and Harold Varner III are the first-round co-leaders after 63s.

I watched some of the telecast, and while it was a little strange with no gallery, it also wasn't. There often aren't many people along the fairways or circling the greens during the first round of PGA Tour events. It didn't seem terribly different in that respect.

The traveling circus that is the pro tours is doing its utmost to protect the health of players as they resume tournament competition.

To that end, Golfworld's Joel Beall reported the extent of testing, including three positive tests on the Korn Ferry Tour:
While the PGA Tour did not register a single positive coronavirus test upon its return at Colonial, its developmental circuit was not as fortuitous. One player and three caddies on the Korn Ferry Tour had to withdraw from its season re-opening event due to COVID-19 concerns.... 
The PGA Tour announced Wednesday it conducted nearly 1,600 tests for the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas and the Korn Ferry Challenge at tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach. The tests were administered at both home and tournament venues, with nearly 900 tests coming at tournament sites. The player and caddies [who] tested positive for coronavirus came through home results.
The Charles Schwab Challenge continues through Sunday and will be televised on Golf Channel and CBS.

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