Live Golf News Updates for May 4
Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Monday, May 4. (All times Eastern)
8:37 p.m. -- Observing social distancing, courses in Fresno can reopen announced Mayor Lee Brand.
7:10 p.m. -- Junior golfers are stepping to the plate to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts.
6:22 p.m. -- Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations meets with Governor Baker's reopening advisory board to lobby for golf's return in the Baystate. The presentaton is being "taken into consideration."
5:45 p.m. -- Wachuset Country Club's owner plans to defy Massachusetts state order and open her two courses.
4:10 p.m. -- JT and Rickie went old school over the weekend.
3:20 p.m. -- Bandon Dunes and Pebble Beach among the most notable courses that have reopened.
2:30 p.m. -- More on the DJ, Rory vs. Rickie, Matthew Wolff match.
We’re in this together. @McIlroyRory, @DJohnsonPGA, @RickieFowler and @matthew_wolff5 are headlining TaylorMade #DrivingRelief, a charity skins match to raise money for organizations leading the COVID-19 relief efforts. Learn more: https://t.co/zCYsY6oCWx pic.twitter.com/njOE5TxkYb— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) May 4, 2020
1:30 p.m. -- Golfweek: The Korn Ferry Tour has announced five fall events that will be part of a one-time combined, wraparound 2020-21 season.
1:15 p.m. -- Rory McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, joins the TODAY show to talk about TaylorMade Driving Relief, a charity golf match with $3 million going to support COVID-19 relief efforts that will air May 17 on NBC.
1:00 p.m. -- Massachusetts golf courses remain closed. “We have six months to make a living, and we just lost two of them,” co-owner of Bungay Brook Golf Club, Emlie Gareau, said.
9:34 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline a $3 million charity match for COVID-19 relief that will mark the first live golf on television since the pandemic shut down sports worldwide. The May 17 match will be played at Seminole Golf Club in South Florida and be the first golf event at Seminole shown on television.
9:26 a.m. -- Golfweek: Michigan ER nurse gets ace in just third time on course. Kelly Spitz is an emergency room nurse and a frontline hero during these challenging times. “I always kind of believed in karma, so maybe this is part of that, some good among all the tough times we see at the hospital every day,” Spitz said.
9:08 a.m. -- Three golf clubs in Ireland have now closed permanently due to COVID-19. Killorglin Golf Club, Castleisland Golf Club and Castle Barna Golf Club have all shut down.
9:04 a.m. -- Some Alberta golf courses open, but things look different thanks to COVID-19. Courses are under strict regulations from Alberta's chief medical officer of health.
8:55 a.m. -- Golf Digest: 7 players who were having underappreciated PGA TOUR seasons before the coronavirus.
8:42 a.m. -- Michelle Wie West talks returning to golf following childbirth amid COVID-19. "I didn't see myself being pregnant during a pandemic".
8:33 a.m. -- Kane County, Illinois golfers are hitting the links again after golf courses were able to reopen on May 1 with strict new safety guidelines. "It's good news and probably even better news for everyone that's kind of been cooped up a bit," said Ron Skubisz, golf course manager and PGA golf pro for the Pottawatomie Golf Course.
8:29 a.m. -- You may not have to wear a mask while playing golf in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but officials would like it if you did.
8:21 a.m. -- There was no shortage of smiles at busy golf courses across Maine over the weekend after Gov. Janet Mills last week approved the opening of courses. Courses were allowed to open last Friday with a lengthy list of restrictions designed to keep golfers and employees safe.
8:10 a.m. -- On a spectacularly sunny Saturday, golf returned to the Philly region amid the coronavirus. "It was like Christmas morning."
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