1. Brooks Koepka Predicts Tourneys Will Be ‘So Weird’ Without Fans — Golf Channel
2. PGA Tour Commissioner Stresses Safety, Testing, for June Restart — Golfweek
3. Florida Governor Adds Support for Woods-Mickelson Match — Golf Channel
4. Chip Shots: Sergio Garcia has new baby son; Former tour commissioner Finchem earns Hall of Fame nod; Justin Thomas recounts home run derby contest with Tiger; Euro Tour’s big changes likely to include smaller purses; Tony Finau joins project to produce 5 million masks.
1. Koepka Says ‘Weird’ No-Fan Tourneys Will Mean More Lost Balls: PGA Tour events without fans? Brooks Koepka is, well, not a fan. The PGA Tour announced it is targeting a June 11 restart at Colonial, the first of four events scheduled to be played with no fans in attendance. A day earlier, Koepka went on Pardon My Takeand was asked about playing without galleries. “It’s going to be awful without fans, it’s going to be so weird.” He also predicted some higher scores. Without fans, there’s no need for grandstands and there are also fewer eyeballs to search for wayward shots. “Every once in a while, we just hit some foul balls and the fans kind of help you find it,” Koepka said. “I mean, guys are going to lose balls because of that.”Read More . . .
2. Commissioner Monahan Stresses Safety, Testing, When Play Resumes: Commissioner Jay Monahan said Friday that one thing is critical for the PGA Tour to resume play in mid-June: testing for the coronavirus. “We need to have widespread, large-scale testing across our country. We are going to need to test players, caddies, and other constituents before we return,” Monahan said on NBC Sports Networks Lunch Time Live, hosted by Mike Tirico. “We feel confident based on the advice we are getting from medical experts that we will be in that position.” Monahan and his team have been in daily contact with the USGA, the PGA of America, and the R&A, as well as the PGA Tour’s player advisory council, to work on a way forward. Read More . . .
3. Florida Gov. DeSantis Says Bring on Woods-Mickelson Match: Add Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to the list of people hoping to watch Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson end the current competition hiatus with a televised exhibition match. The two men faced off for $9 million in Las Vegas in 2018, and earlier this month a report noted that they were in talks to reprise their match, potentially before the PGA Tour resumes competition. The report noted that the exhibition could involve a team element, potentially with NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and was penciled in for an unnamed Florida course. DeSantis said the country and his state are eager for fresh competition, and a Tiger-Phil matchup could be achieved within current guidelines. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Sergio Garcia and his wife welcome theirfirst son; Former tour commissioner Tim Finchem earns Hall of Fame nod; Justin Thomas recounts home run derby contest with Tiger; European Tour looking at big changes, including smaller purses; ProjectProtect to produce 5 million face masks is aided by tour pro Tony Finau.
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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