Live Golf News Updates for April 3
10:00 p.m. EST, April 3, 2020
Our live coverage of the coronavirus has moved here.
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Friday, April 3. (All times Eastern)
4:11 p.m. -- From the New York Times, golf course operators are joining other small busiesses in lawsuits against state and local governments, demanding to be allowed to re-open their shops.
12:42 p.m. -- More PGA Tour scheduling rumors: Golfweek reports that the PGA Tour could soon roll out a revised scheduled that includes the British Open shifting to September, one week before the Ryder Cup, and the Masters moving to November. And many more dominoes (in this case, non-major Tour events) would fall around them.
9:53 a.m. -- Breaking news from the USGA: the U.S. Women's Open is officially the latest major champion to be postponed. It will be slotted into a new date: Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston. The LPGA also announced further adjustments to its schedule:
- The Pelican Women’s Championship, originally scheduled for May 14-17, will be played Nov. 12-15 in Belleair, Fla.
- The ShopRite LPGA Classic, originally scheduled for May 29-31, will move to July 31-Aug. 2 in Atlantic City, N.J.
- The Kia Classic, which had been postponed in March, will be played Sept. 24-27 in Carlsbad, Calif.
- The Meijer LPGA Classic, which was set for June 11-14 in Grand Rapids, Mich., is working on a new date.
- The Pure Silk Championship, originally scheduled for May 21-24 in Williamsburg, Va., will not be held until 2021.
9:39 a.m. -- In New Hampshire, over 8,500 golfers have now signed a petition to get Governor Chris Sununu to reopen courses across the Granite State. Sununu is said to be working with the region’s other governors on a “New England-wide model” that could reopen golf courses to the public.
8:55 a.m. -- With the 2020 Masters Tournament, originally set for April 9 - 12, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the official Masters website has a thorough Frequently Asked Questions page for those with tickets.
8:21 a.m. -- The International Network of Golf (ING) is postponing its 30th Anniversary ING Conference due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Originally set for May 31 - June 3 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, the conference has been rescheduled for the same time frame and same site next year on May 30 - June 3, 2021.
8:06 p.m. -- Golf courses in Southern California’s Riverside County must close under an order signed by the county’s health officer as part of an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The order, issued Thursday, April 2, is meant to clear up confusion over whether public and private courses can stay open.
8:00 a.m. -- New York's decision to keep golf courses open during the coronavirus pandemic is drawing criticism from some who say it sends a mixed message as the area's public links have been crowded.