Live Golf News Updates for April 18 & 19
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for April 18 and 19. (All times Eastern)
Sunday, April 19
7:02 p.m. -- The 2020 PGA Tour schedule looks much different than it did at the outset. Here are 10 takeaways from the revised version.
5:57 p.m. -- PGA Tour veteran Brian Harman is passing the time in the great outdoors.
5:26 p.m. -- Maine golf courses hope is to open by May 1.
3:38 p.m. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announces marinas and many golf courses can re-open while observing certain restrictions.
3:09 p.m. -- Another season gone too soon: Ole Miss on their SEC title defense that never was.
1:46 p.m. -- Illinois Governor Pritzker undecided on whether to reopen state parks, golf courses as weather warms up.
1:34 p.m. -- Longmont, Colorado considers reopening city golf courses during coronavirus pandemic.
1:25 p.m. -- Course owners allowed to open for play under new guidelines in Genesee County, Michigan.
1:12 p.m. -- Lexington, Kentucky update: the city's five golf courses will be reopening on Wednesday, April 22, with social distancing requirements in place.
1:01 p.m. -- From Thursday, Jack Nicklaus joins the Clubs HELP initiative spreading across the country where courses can support hospitals and healthcare workers in their communities.
Despite clubs being closed nationwide, members can still open their hearts to support hospitals and healthcare workers in the communities where they live & play. Visit https://t.co/yD7QO6sNUI and see how you can thank those putting their lives on the line to save ours! @ClubsHELP pic.twitter.com/r9b3pX3SyE— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 17, 2020
11:04 a.m. -- Golf courses are now open in Minnesota.
10:17 a.m. -- Former PGA Tour pro voices his opposition to the Tour's proposed schedule. "Unless the world is safe, I don't see how sport can be safe."
9:38 a.m. -- World number three, Brooks Koepka shares his thoughts on playing without fans.
9:12 a.m. -- Utah Golf Association Officials are determined to hold state amateur.
8:30 a.m. -- In Florida, golfers are leading the outcry to re-open the state’s golf courses and beaches.
8:20 a.m. -- Although golf courses are still considered non-essential businesses under NY PAUSE orders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified on Saturday that private golf courses in the Empire State may allow play.
8:16 a.m. -- For now, golf courses in Illinois remain closed. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says that while his administration is weighing whether to re-open state parks and other outdoor recreation areas including its golf courses, he continues to emphasize patience amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
8:11 a.m. -- Golf courses have been in a gray area since New York State shut down non-essential businesses in March. This New York Post article reports New York golf courses can reopen for play with coronavirus restrictions.
Saturday, April 18
8:33 p.m. -- It's not "new news" but one other scheduling note among the pro tours: the LPGA remains committed to resuming play June 19-21 at the NW Artkansas Championship, which would be one week after the PGA Tour restarts with the Colonial in Fort Worth.
6:16 p.m. -- Golf re-opened today in Minnesota, and you can count Rocco Mediate among those who were happy to be back.
5:27 p.m. -- CNN takes a deeper dive into the PGA Tour's annoucement to re-open with empty grandstands in June at the Colonial. Near the end of the piece, there is this point, and a quote from commissioner Jay Monahan:
But the absence of golf is not something that just effects the players and fans.
"There are over 3,000 charities that benefit from PGA Tour golf over the course of the year. So we have an enormous impact market-to-market, week-to-week, a lot of health care related charities and organizations," Monahan explained.
4:44 p.m. -- Quick update from the European tour. On Friday it canceled two events, the BMW International Open and the Open de France, and postponed the Scottish Open, which was slated for July 9. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European tour has yet to announce a return date.
3:55 p.m. -- With the PGA Tour set to play a shortened season, it remains unclear how it will affect Korn Ferry Tour pros who would normally be eligible for promotion to the big leagues at season's end, reports Golfweek.
1:14 p.m. -- There's a lot of uncertainty in the sports world today, but at least we now know this: Tiger Woods' gum of choice is orange-flavored Trident.
10:11 a.m. -- The World Golf Hall of Fame will welcome Marion Hollins to the class of 2021. She is credited with designing the famed, oceanside 16th hole at Cypress Point, and assisting Alister MacKenzie in the designs of Pasatiempo and Augusta National. Hollins, who died in 1944 at the age of 51, will join Tiger Woods in the class of 2021.
9:12 a.m. -- Via Golf.com, Cobblestone GC, outside Atlanta, has created one of more creative flagstick contraptions to promote social distancing.
8:08 a.m. -- In Toledo, Ohio, near the Michigan border, the mayor has allowed golf courses to open with one catch: they must turn away all customers from Michigan, where golf is currently suspended.
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