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Live Golf News Updates for May 14

Here we will post the latest COVID-19 golf news and updates for Thursday, May 14. (All times Eastern)

11:59 p.m. -- PGA Tour Champions will combine 2020 and 2021 schedules.

7:11 p.m. -- Golf Digest: Massachusetts was the last state to bring back golf. Getting to that point was an uphill battle.

6:02 p.m. -- Zach Smith tops the field at the Outlaw Tour's Scottsdale Open.

5:17 p.m. -- 2K Sports will unveil a new PGA Tour video game series in August with Justin Thomas gracing the cover.

4:35 p.m. -- Korean LPGA Championship opens with COVID-19 restirctions in place. Without fans in attendance, players had to make adjustments right down to their celebrations.

4:00 p.m -- Observing state guidelines, courses in Buffalo reopen for play.

3:50 p.m. -- A hype video from Tiger and he calls a victory for he and Peyton.

3:15 p.m. -- The University of Akron announced a new round of cuts involving the elimination of three intercollegiate sports on Thursday. Men’s cross country, men’s golf and women’s tennis are all being discontinued effective at the end of this academic year.

3:00 p.m. -- As New Orleans moves into Phase I of reopening this weekend, the eased coronavirus restrictions allow some city park facilities to also reopen. Storyland, the Botanical Garden and City Putt Mini Golf are among the facilities reopening soon.

2:30 p.m. -- Jackson County, Kansas government buildings, parks, golf courses set to reopen after COVID-19 shutdown. Jackson County Parks + Rec facilities, including the registration office, golf course, marinas and historic sites, will reopen on Saturday in accordance with retail gathering guidelines.

2:00 p.m. -- Winston Trails club owner in Florida creates safe way for two to ride in golf carts. The Golf Safer Protection Shield is a flexible, wind-resistant, waterproof partition that can be installed in a golf cart so two people can ride together and converse without fear of infecting one another if they are asymptomatic and cough or sneeze.

1:30 p.m. -- English golfer Ed Sandison resumed playing in spectacular style with his first hole-in-one with his very first shot after lockdown restrictions were lifted. The amateur player made his perfect return at Styal Golf Club in Cheshire on its 176-yard par-three opening hole.

1:00 p.m. -- New York Times: A Caddie’s Most Important Measure of Distance? Now It’s Six Feet. Professional golf is making plans to resume play even as coronavirus concerns linger, leaving players and caddies to figure out how close is close enough for a consultation.

9:05 a.m. -- Golf Digest: Staggered starts, differing viewpoints make golf course re-openings in the United Kingdom tricky.

9:00 a.m. -- GOLF.com: Can a long layoff actually benefit your golf game? Here are 6 ways to make it happen.

8:54 a.m. -- While it was a challenge financially for many of the courses in Southern Minnesota, most of the courses saw plenty of golfers once they opened and a majority of the courses were in excellent shape. A brief writeup on how area golf courses are doing.

8:49 a.m. -- Golfweek: PGA Tour restart: Seven takeaways from plan to bring golf back.

8:43 a.m. -- The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network has canceled the Youth Education Scholarship Golf Tournament in Colorado for the first time in over 30 years of the event.

8:38 a.m. -- Matt Wallace reveals concerns over new coronavirus guidelines on the PGA TOUR. "When I saw that, that put me off straight away," Wallace told Sky Sports News. "I thought 'wow, I hope I don't test positive because I know there are some people who have the coronavirus but don't show symptoms.”

8:32 a.m. -- Birdsong and the rattle of the ball dropping into the cup — accompanied by camera shutters — were the only sounds to be heard as professional women’s golf entered the post-coronavirus era on a closed South Korean course Thursday. Spectators were barred from the Lakewood Country Club as the KLPGA Championship got under way in Yangju, northeast of Seoul, with a host of social distancing measures in place to guard against infection.

8:27 a.m. -- Dates for the 56th annual Lilac City Invitational in Spokane, Washington have been pushed back in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The golf tournament at the Fairways Golf Course has been rescheduled from June 4 - 7 to July 31 - Aug. 2.

8:21 a.m. -- Golf tournaments across Hudson Valley in New York this spring and summer will be adapting to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Coordinators of Dutchess County golf tournaments are eyeing adjustments in the interest of safety, with some taking a wait-and-see approach to scheduling longtime events.

8:16 a.m. -- Community Golf Course in Dayton will reopen this Friday after being closed since early April due to COVID-19 concerns. Golf carts will be limited to one person and tee-time intervals have been increased.

8:10 a.m. -- BBC: Golf tees off again in England as clubs open after coronavirus restrictions ease. Players still have to follow social distancing guidelines as tee-off times are staggered and clubhouses and shops remain closed.

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