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Tour pros will need to be patient in return | Adam Scott skeptical of restart plan | Annoying on-course behaviors

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By Ben Alberstadt 

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May 21, 2020

Good Thursday morning, golf fans. If you missed my shameless plug yesterday: I joined Johnny Wunder on the Gear Dive podcast earlier this week. Listen at your own peril. 
 
 
1. Patience, please

That's the quality PGA Tour pros will need in a large quantity at the restart, according to Players Advisory Council member Charlie Hoffman, who spoke with Steve DiMeglio...
  • "But the days of jumping into the courtesy vehicle and getting to the course in eight minutes and then start working out 12 minutes later are gone, Hoffman said. Players will have to develop new routines to deal with the new safety measures."
  • "For instance, upon arrival to the course, players will undergo a thermal test and take part in a questionnaire. A hot breakfast won't be at the ready as soon as players walk into player dining. The range and practice putting green will have social distancing rules that could lead to a waiting game."
  • "We're going to have to figure it out," Hoffman said. "Time management is going to be important. The first few weeks I'm sure there will be a lot of waiting around. It's going to be new for everybody."
  • "We have to be patient. But once the gun goes off, once we get inside the ropes, our instincts will come back and the competition will be amazing."
  • "Hoffman's biggest reservations as the restart nears are in travel, living arrangements and eating. The plan includes a charter plane to take players and caddies to the next tournament on the schedule and a designated hotel for all at each site. Room service is highly recommended. The plan is basically a beefed-up version of shelter-at-home guidelines."

2. Like Tommy Fleetwood, playing the Tour right now isn't worth it for Lee Westwood

Golf Channel's Will Gray..."the Englishman is one of what the Tour estimates to be 25 players currently living outside the U.S., and in speaking with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis he shared that the current quarantine restrictions surrounding international travel will likely preclude him from playing either tournament."
  • "Right now I won't be playing them, not with having to leave here two weeks before, quarantine, then play the two tournaments, then come back here and quarantine again," Westwood said. "It's six weeks for two tournaments, and to me that's just not worth it. And it's not worth taking the risk if everybody thinks that those kind of precautions have got to be in place. I don't feel like golf's a priority if it's that severe."

3. No caddies?

Golf Channel report..."Caddies will be optional when the LPGA makes its scheduled restart in late July."
  • "GolfChannel.com has learned that as part of the tour's new safety protocols for returning amid the coronavirus pandemic, players will be allowed to carry their own bags for the rest of the 2020 season, if they so choose."
  • "The tour informed its members this is a temporary option designed to protect players who don't have regular tour caddies, who may feel a heightened risk working with unfamiliar local caddies."
  • "Still, the news didn't land well among LPGA caddies eager to return when the tour makes its scheduled restart this summer."
Full piece. 

4. Merging seasons

Golf Channel's Randall Mell..."The LPGA will merge its 2020 and '21 seasons for the purposes of eligibility and priority rankings, but will keep those two seasons separate in its historical and official record."
  • "That was the news from the LPGA commissioner's office Wednesday, as was the announcement that the Meijer Classic is being canceled with the tour continuing to adjust to life amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • "The Symetra Tour will also adopt the same plans with the merger of its 2020 and '21 seasons for eligibility purposes."
  • "That means Q-School and Q-Series won't be staged this year, with no route that way to next year's LPGA player ranks. However, Symetra Tour players competing this year will continue to have a route to the 2021 LPGA season, with the possibility up to five promotions will be allowed, depending on how many Symetra Tour events are played this year."

5. Scott skeptical of Tour coronavirus plan? 

Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard relays Scott's remarks, which were originally made to the Australian AP..."They are being fairly thorough, but my initial reaction was I was surprised it wasn't tighter than it is," Scott said. "What concerns me is dialogue that [the Tour] is hopeful of returning one- or two-hour test [results]. You'd want that in place before competing."
  • "Scott also said he has concerns with the circuit's plan to only administer RT PCR Nasal Swab/Saliva tests to players, caddies and certain Tour and tournament officials but would only screen others on site at tournaments with questionnaires and thermal readings."
  • "An asymptomatic person could operate within a tournament," he said. "If they're not showing symptoms, and I somehow picked it up inside the course, and I'm disqualified, I'm now self-isolating [in that city] for two weeks. I'd be annoyed if that happened."

6. The most annoying things golfers do on the course 

Cracking work by Golf.com's Luke Kerr-Dineen to compile a list of annoying on-course behaviors...

A few of the 34 he assembled..."Saying "get left" when the ball is clearly slicing...
  • "This is my pet peeve. Understand ball flight, people! If a ball is carving out to the right, there's no chance of it getting left, so don't pretend like there is."
  • "Not picking up on bad holes...Have some awareness. If it's taking you eight shots to get to the green, don't slow the whole group down and make them watch all that. Pick up your ball, sit this one out, and move on."
  • "Taking many practice swings ... only to top the ball 10 feet...Don't be that guy. If you're going to have a long pre-shot routine, you better hit it good."
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