Live Golf News Updates for March 30
10:00 p.m. EST, March 30, 2020
Our live coverage of the coronavirus has moved here.
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Monday, March 30. (All times Eastern)
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7:17 pm. -- Golf operators across the country are stepping up to help the fight against Coronavirus. The latest is none other than Augusta National, which on Monday pledged $2 million. In a statement, chairman Fred Ridley said the club would give $1 million to Augusta University for expansion of COVID-19 testing, with another $1 million to the Central Savannah River Area Emergency Response Fund.
4:35 p.m. -- As the U.S. continues to see increases daily on the rapid spread of confirmed new cases of COVID-19, here’s the latest update from Golf Advisor on the current standing of various golf course operations.
3:22 p.m. -- Golf Summit Brands joins Seamus and IS Golf in golf industry efforts to produce critically needed medical supplies.
1:34 p.m. -- The European Tour has postponed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet CC, so it appears their schedule will not resume until June at the earliest.
12:56 p.m. -- Refund options for previously purchased tickets for cancelled PGA TOUR events depend on the event. Here's a list of tournaments and the respective policies for refunds as well as pertinent information.
10:43 a.m. -- An update on the GoFundMe page launched by actor Larry David and media executive Lloyd Braun, which will benefit caddies at Riviera CC: More than $124,000 has been raised, and NFL quarterback Tom Brady donated $2,000. The fund's goal is to raise $150,000.
10:11 a.m. -- The Olympics and golf should be able to co-exist, at least from a scheduling perspective, next summer. The Tokyo games have been rescheduled, and they kick off right after the British Open at St. Andrews.
IOC announces Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. The 150th Open Championship is scheduled to be played at St. Andrews July 15-18, 2021.— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) March 30, 2020
8:31 a.m. -- When might the four 2020 major golf championships take place? Here’s an educated guess from Michael Bamberger on GOLF.com.
8:23 a.m. -- PGA Champions Tour player Brett Quigley keeps life in perspective in this Golfweek article as the coronavirus has brought the livelihood of golf professionals to a halt. While “chomping at the bit” to get back to tournament play, he says “there are bigger issues than golf for sure.”
7:59 a.m. -- With the closure of layouts around the U.S., the importance of municipal golf courses as much-needed “green space” fosters conversations for those isolated and yearning to be outside playing the beloved game.
6:38 a.m. -- Is golf an essential activity? The New York Times explores the various closures in different countries as well as outlets still open to customers including golf in the U.S.
6:26 a.m. -- The question of whether golf courses are considered “essential” businesses is a ongoing concern as a growing number of states and counties place restrictions on outdoor activities. However, some locales continue to allow play.
5:30 a.m. -- Many Delaware golf courses remain open during the coronavirus outbreak providing a chance to get outdoors, and with player etiquette, that lends itself to separation. Some golf courses, like those operated by Billy Casper Golf, have eliminated cart usage including Delcastle, Ed 'Porky' Oliver's and Rock Manor.