Live Golf News Updates for March 28 & 29
10:00 p.m. EST, March 29, 2020
Our live coverage of the coronavirus has moved here.
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Saturday, March, 28 and Sunday, March 29. (All times Eastern)
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Sunday, March 29
11:06 p.m. -- With the impact of the coronavirus pandemic putting a stop to most sports enjoyment, local Knoxville and Knox County golfers are still getting an opportunity to play at the four courses (Whittle Springs, Knoxville Municipal, Williams Creek and Three Ridges) which have all put in special safety procedures at their locations.
9:12 p.m. -- More than 100 athletes across several pro sports are participating in "Athletes for Covid-19 Relief," a sports memorabilia auction to raise money for virus relief efforts. Golf is also represented, and participants include Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, Paige Spiranac and Ian Poulter. Each has donated merchandise to the auction, which you can find here.
7:02 p.m. -- Start of a trend? Golfers driving out of their states, where courses are suspended, to play golf in states where courses remain open. In this story, golfers from New Jersey are quoted while teeing up in Virginia.
6:31 p.m. -- Ohio golfers received some good news, as the state's
Department of Health reversed an earlier ruling and allowed golf courses to re-open. Last Friday it ruled that courses were not essential business and would need to suspend operations.
5:15 p.m. -- Disney's Florida hotels and theme parks are closed, but its golf courses remain open, with social-distancing restrictions in place.
3:22 p.m. -- Another scheduling change in pro golf. The Evian Championship, the fourth women's major of the season, has been shifted from July to Aug. 6-9.
1:59 p.m. -- Golf superstars including Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy and Sir Nick Faldo are just a few of the big names listed among a massive sports charity auction aimed at raising money for virus relief efforts. The auction, named “Athletes for COVID-19 Relief,” features gear and other memorabilia from more than 100 athletes across most major professional sports. Seven current and former professional golfers currently have items listed.
10:39 a.m. -- PGA TOUR loopers in financial need will benefit to the tune of $250,000 from Valspar Caddie Hat program.
9:10 a.m. -- Pinehurst Resort & Country Club has announced a unique charity auction of “once-in-a-lifetime experiences” at the celebrated resort.
8:55 a.m. -- Nice little piece from Indiana's WTHR on a father and son who are playing more golf as an escape from staying indoors all day.
8:39 a.m. -- More from Golf Channel on the PGA TOUR providing financial aid to caddies and players as the coronavirus virus continues to shake the golf industry.
7:03 a.m. -- High profile Hollywood celebrities including Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, have started a GoFundMe to raise money for caddies at storied Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. As of Friday afternoon, the fundraiser has generated more than $100,000 in six days. Check out the story on GolfDigest.com.
Saturday, March 28
7:08 p.m. -- The Korn Ferry Tour has already cancelled five events and delayed three others in its 20-event regular season. To help its card-carying members stay afloat, the Tour will send a $5,000 health subsidy to eligible exempt players, according to the Golf News Network. Players who aren't fully exempt can take a one-time $5,000 cash advance against future earnings and pay it back over time through their prize money.
5:35 p.m. -- With pro golf on hiatus, the PGA Tour is launching a program to help bridge the financial gap for its players and caddies, as neither
group is currently earning prize money. Based on where a player currently sits in the FedEx standings, they can receive up to $100,000 as an advance on their season-ending bonus. Caddies can also receive an advance. Golf Channel has the story.
4:14 p.m. -- Add Linksoul to the list of companies that have joined the fight against the virus. It's raising money "for populations most affected by the crisis, including hourly wage workers, the elderly, and those with disabilities."
Buy this tee, 100% goes to charity. Together, we can #flattenthecurve. Please help us aid in the relief for COVID-19. Proceeds heading to @funds4disaster. 🙏 Our hearts are with everyone at this time ❤️ Art by co-founder, Geoff Cunningham. https://t.co/GE1oGMgDdS pic.twitter.com/pJ0aMBGIUu— linksoul (@linksoul) March 27, 2020
3:55 p.m. -- The Arnold Palmer Cup, an international team competition that features 12 of the top collegiate men's and women's players from around the world, remains scheduled for July 3-5 at Lahinch Golf Club. Although the current college season was cut short, teams for the event have been announced.
2:18 p.m. -- Raleigh, NC is still all-systems-go for golf, with precautions that including sanitizing carts after use. Also, tennis remains a popular outdoor activity.
11:03 a.m. -- Wisconsin is home to some of America's top golf resorts, including Kohler, which is slated to host the Ryder Cup later this year on its Straits Course. But courses have currently been ordered to suspend operations, but state golf leaders are reportedly fighting back (and petitioning) to be allowed to re-open.
10:57 a.m. -- According to Golf Channel PGA Tour plans to financially assist players, caddies two weeks after they halted play in response to coronavirus pandemic.
10:18 a.m. -- Oklahoma courses remain open and are said to be "thriving" as it's seen as the safest and only available option for those seeking sports recreation.
9:44 a.m. -- The NCAA faces its own tough decisions in the midst of the virus. Chief among them: should athletes from spring sports, whose seasons have been wiped out, be granted an extra year of eligibility? That will affect a lot of college golfers. A vote is expected Monday.
9:19 a.m. -- Normally, this is the time of year when golf in Minnesota re-opens. Currently, there is a mix of courses that are open and those that have remained in a holding pattern. The state's governor, Tim Walz, issued a state-wide stay-at-home order, but is reportedly mulling a decision on whether to allow the state's courses to remain open.
8:07 a.m. -- On Friday night, Myrtle Beach reversed a previous city ordinance and will allow its golf courses to remain open. (An earlier order to close the courses was set to take effect for Friday night.) So, 75
courses can remain open, while 11 have already been suspended per the decisions by the course's respective owners.