Live Golf News Updates for April 4 & 5
10:00 p.m. EST, April 5, 2020
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Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Saturday, April 4 and Sunday April 5. (All times Eastern)
Sunday, April 5
8:33 p.m. -- With the British Open's status still uncertain, golf in Scotland stands to take a massive hit during the pandemic, and writers are beginning to speculate about the sport's future, and how its historic clubs will survive.
6:56 p.m. -- In a conference call over the weekend with several pro sports league commissioners, President Trump said that he hopes to resume spectator sports by August or September, ESPN reports.
4:14 p.m. -- Picking up a trend already adopted in Wisconsin and Minnesota, golfers in Fresno, Calif. are petitioning to have their courses re-opened.
2:45 p.m. -- New York City is getting hit hard by the pandemic, but golf courses in the suburbs remain open.
12:08 p.m. -- In Las Vegas, the area’s golf courses are currently allowed remain open for play, but only if their clubhouses remain closed. Courses are taking additional measures including stripping carts of amenties like towels and water and even sanitizing range balls.
8:46 a.m. -- Augusta would normally be bustling this time of year readying for The Masters next week, but this photo gallery shows the Georgia city has come to a standstill with the postponement of the first major of 2020.
8:42 a.m. -- Even if closed due to the coronavirus situation sweeping across the U.S., the work for golf course maintenance crews continues as the health of layouts, especially after months of winter, requires daily attention to keep from turning into a "hayfield."
8:20 a.m. -- Golf course operators are showing resiliency during the coronavirus outbreak to keep golfers out on the links by promoting safe social distancing with no access to pro shops, locker rooms, indoor facilities and restaurants / bars (except takeout).
Other guidelines being adopted include staying at least six feet away from others, leaving the flagstick in the hole, not using rakes, ball washers and coolers on the course, only riding one person per cart, not sharing clubs or equipment and asking players to not shake hands.
8:16 a.m. -- Some golf course owners as well as other owners of non-golf businesses are turning to the courts to fight to stay open despite coronavirus closure mandates stipulated by local and state governments.
Saturday, April 4
8:01 p.m. -- Not going anywhere for a while? We'll wrap the day with something light: a look at golf games you can play at home, via Golf Digest.
6:50 p.m. -- The NCAA has given the green light for college seniors to return to school for a fifth year of competitive golf. It'll ultimately be up to each university to decide how those extra golfers fit on the roster.
3:44 p.m. -- There are reports that the PGA Tour is close to releasing a revised schedule. Meanwhile, LPGA commssioner Mike Whanis also working hard behind the scenes to reconfigure the women's schedule.
1:55 p.m. -- In Jacksonville, golf remains open, despite the new statewide, stay-at-home order.
12:10 p.m. -- In Texas, cities and counties make their own policies and San Antonio is the latest to suspend golf courses, effective Friday night.
10:19 a.m. -- Golf season in Wisconsin is normally ramping up this time of year. Instead it's on hold, and this local feature story takes a deeper dive into how one course is coping with a new reality.
9:45 a.m. -- The college golf season is over, and Golfweek has Pepperdine as the top-ranked team in the nation.
8:22 a.m. -- A revised PGA Tour schedule is reportedly in the final stages of approval, but it may all hang on the R&A, and its decision to either postpone or cancel the British Open, according to ESPN.
8:00 a.m. -- The Masters has of courses been postponed, but on the eve of what would've been Masters week, you can still take a peek inside the club. (Spoiler: it looks immaculate.)