Live Golf News Updates for April 25-26
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for April 25 & 26. (All times Eastern)
Sunday, April 26
11:59 p.m. -- More on Tony Romo, Viktor Hovland and potentially Jordan Spieth reportedly teaming up to raise relief funds for caddies.
6:39 p.m. -- Golf Digest reports that college golf coaches fears have been eased with NCAA's denial of blanket waiver request. Had it been passed, schools would have had the green light to begin cutting non-revenue sports.
4:48 p.m. -- Former Purdue golfer, Tom Oliver is now on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tom Oliver lives about three miles from Merion Golf Club but hasn’t played it.— Golfweek (@golfweek) April 26, 2020
The former member of @PurdueMensGolf is a chief resident and academic hospitalist outside Philadelphia, and he's one of many on the front line of the coronavirus fight. https://t.co/gJK5qmX28Q
3:22 p.m. -- Tour pros set to compete in 54-hole event this week to raise funds for COVID-19 reilef.
1:00 p.m. -- Golf courses, considered lifeblood to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, forced to furlough hundreds due to coronavirus.
10:17 a.m. -- Northern Cal junior golfers showcase their skills indoors.
9:43 a.m. -- Golf courses in Long Island state parks preparing to open tomorrow.
8:20 a.m. -- In Green Bay, the golf courses are reportedly “packed” as public and private layouts in Wisconsin opened for business on Friday.
8:16 a.m. -- New Jersey’s Gov. Phil Murphy says his state remains “at war” with COVID-19 as its state parks and golf courses to remain closed.
8:12 a.m. -- Michigan is now allowing golf courses, marinas and landscaping businesses to open with strict social distancing.
8:10 a.m. -- In California, Santa Barbara’s golf courses are now allowed to reopen with restrictions.
8:05 a.m. -- In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, this article discusses the addition of a new cultural phenomena produced by the pandemic: renegade golfers.
Saturday, April 25
7:10 p.m. -- As parks begin to reopen in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy is not prepared to open courses for play just yet.
5:54 p.m. -- Included in Napa County's loosened restrictions is the reopening of golf courses.
4:53 p.m. -- With The Masters being played in November, players might be tempted to break one of Augusta's most notable rules.
4:16 p.m. -- Under revised orders from Governor Tony Evers, courses across Wisconsin have begun to reopen.
3:34 p.m. -- According to a Chicago Tribune report, courses in Illinois will reopen on May 1 with several restrictions inclusing no carts and twosomes only.
2:58 p.m. -- Florida Governor's comments on The Match: Champions for Charity elicits mixed responses.
2:05 p.m. -- Golf Digest has posted a Q & A on the risks and benefits of playing golf in the coronavirus era. Infectious disease experts cite golf as one of the "safest sports," and answer questions about wearing masks, shaking hands and more.
1:11 p.m. -- It's not official, but it seems the Medalist in Hobe Sound, Fla., may be tapped this Memorial Day weekend to host the match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson (who are teaming with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady).
12:18 p.m. -- Iowa kept its golf courses open during the pandemic, and players from out of state, especially Illinois and Minnesota, came pouring in to tee it up, according to this Golfweek report.
10:10 a.m. -- For those catching up on yesterday's news, the USGA cancelled this summer's U.S. Junior Amatuer and U.S. Girls' Junior. “Our primary focus when making determinations around championships continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone involved,” John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA, said in a news release. “While we are incredibly disappointed to have to make the decision to cancel our two junior championships, we know it is the right one.”
9:08 a.m. -- According to reports, nearly half of all U.S. courses are currently suspended. And the New York Times reports that closed courses have caused desperate golfers to take matters into their own hands -- by sneaking onto the courses.
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