1. Skins Game at Seminole for DJ, Rory, Rickie, and Matthew Wolff — Golf Channel
2. LPGA Tour Releases Adjusted 2020 Schedule, Will Restart in July — Golf.com
3. Talk of PGA Tour Absorbing the European Tour Heats Up — Bleacher Report
4. Chip Shots: Titleist auction includes golf on Nantz’s backyard hole; Running “destroyed” Tiger’s body, he says; Opening day for PGA Championship host site; Michael Jordan addresses golf gambling rumors; Golf newbie working COVID-19 front line records an ace.
1. Skins for Charity: McIlroy-DJ vs. Rickie Fowler-Matthew Wolff: The PGA Tour is still more than a month away from restarting its schedule but Tour-caliber golf will return on May 17 with the TaylorMade Driving Relief, a two-man team event to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts. Rory McIlroy will partner with Dustin Johnson to play Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a team skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. The event will be aired live from 2-6 p.m. (ET) on NBC, Golf Channel, NBCSN, and Sky Sports, and will be streamed for free on several internet outlets. Officials intend to follow CDC social distancing guidelines and will utilize appropriate testing measures to help protect the health and safety of the golfers, production crew, and others on site. No fans will be allowed to at-tend. Read More . . .
2. LPGA Tour Announces July Restart, New Schedule for 2020 Season: With various sections of the country scheduling a reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, the LPGA has targeted mid-July as the return date for its 2020 season. The first tournament of a revised schedule will be the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in central Michigan, held July 15-18. The season’s first major, the Evian Championship, is set to take place Aug. 6-9 in France, coincidentally the same weekend as the rescheduled PGA Championship in San Francisco. Much of the LPGA and PGA Tour schedules remain pending, and that much was made clear by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. The LPGA announcement included the shuffling of a number of events that were originally scheduled for June. The season will run into mid-December, about three weeks later than normal. Read More . . .
3. Would PGA Tour Takeover of the European Tour Be a Good Thing?: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and European Tour COO Keith Waters say reports that the American tour wants to take over its European counterpart are incorrect, according to The New York Times. However, while the reports in two British newspapers — The Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph — may have been denied by the leaders of both tours, there appear to be significant reasons why both tours would want to partner up in the years to come. It seems that the reports have some validity, but the timing of the British newspapers' reporting appears to have upset Finchem and Waters. A merger between the two tours would appear to have significant financial benefit to both sides. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Auction includes Pebble Beach golf on Jim Nantz’s backyard hole; Tiger Woods says running too many miles “destroyed” his body; Opening day for TPC Harding Park,PGA Championship host site; Michael Jordan addresses golf gambling rumors in a new documentary; In her third-ever round of golf, ER nurse on coronavirus front lines records an ace.
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). Read David Gould's Reports — More Here.
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