1. PGA Tour Exploring Events With No Fans, Sources Say — Golf Digest
2. Rory McIlroy Is Psyched for a November Masters — Golf Digest
3. Emotional Tiger Recalls Family Celebration After Masters Win — Golf.com
4. Chip Shots: Furyk’s charity donates $100k to buy PPEs; McDowell one of four to make final Masters field; Doug Sanders, colorful 20-time winner, dies at 86; Tour caddie’s beef jerky startup feeds hungry kids; Tour pro Michael Thompson adopts baby daughter amid virus lockdown.
1. PGA Tour’s Memo Tells Players to Prepare for Events Without Fans: The PGA Tour continues to explore variables for a return to competition, including playing early events without fans, multiple sources tell Golf Digest. In a memo sent to players last Thursday, the Tour said that it’s still targeting a return at the Charles Schwab Challenge starting May 21 at Colonial Country Club, but that it is evaluating options to “preserve the maximum number of events we can while giving us more time as the crisis evolves.” One of those options includes the possibility of playing tournaments without galleries. Sources said the Tour remains in discussions with sponsors about that prospect, with one stating that the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit — expected to fill the void left by the U.S. Open — will hold a spectator-less event. Read More . . .
2. Rory McIlroy Sounds All Psyched Up for a November Masters: Like many of us, Rory McIlroy spent time last week watching Masters Rewinds to fill the void for missing the real thing. He takes solace in the fact that there is a 2020 Masters on the horizon, rescheduled for Nov. 12-15. While a fall Masters will have a look and feel distinct from anything we’ve seen at Augusta National, that contrast is something McIlroy believes he might benefit from. "It’s going to be a different Masters," said McIlroy during a Nike Golf Instagram Live feed on Sunday, “and personally, selfishly, maybe that’s what I need to get the [green] jacket.” The 30-year-old four-time major winner needs a Masters title to complete the career Grand Slam.
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3. Choked-up Tiger Recalls His Family Celebration After Masters Win: If you spent Sunday afternoon rewatching the 2019 Masters, you got to see Tiger Woods join Jim Nantz from his home in Jupiter, Florida, via video. He talked through some of the round’s biggest turning points: bogeys on 4 and 5, the madness that happened at 12, his near-ace at 16, and more. That was all interesting, because it was Tiger Woods talking on camera about one of the greatest sporting events of all time. But it wasn’t until the post-round sit-down with Nantz that Woods’ insight truly shone through. As the footage rolled of Woods celebrating with his family, Tiger got choked up explaining what he’d been feeling and what he told them. “My emotion just came flooding out,” he says. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Donation of $100,000 from Jim FurykFoundation goes for PPEs; Last four players, including Graeme McDowell, complete Masters 2020 field; Flashy dresser and 20-time PGA Tour winner Doug Sanders dies; Support from tour players helps caddie Jeff King’s jerky company address childhood hunger; Amid virus lockdown, tour player Michael Thompson adopts baby daughter.
David Gould is a journalist, editor and author with 30 years’ experience in categories such as golf, travel, luxury goods and corporate communications. Gould is a contract employee of NBC Sports/GOLF Channel, providing communications support for several business units there. He is also Editorial Advisor and an outside director of OpenRounds, Inc., a vendor to private golf clubs. He has served as Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure Golfmagazine and Chief Editor of LINKS Magazine. Gould has contributed 100-plus articles to leading sports publications on golf-related topics. He is the author of “Q School Confidential” (St. Martins Press, 1999) a history of PGA Tour qualifying, “The Golfers Code (Triumph Books, 2004) and “Real Golf: 120 Tips for Better Golf and Lower Scores” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002). To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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