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Play (Golf) Ball! June 8 Return Date For PGA Tour

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. (Sam Greenwood/ Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 17 April 2020 06:22 PM

The PGA Tour reportedly aims to be the first major sport to return to action following the coronavirus outbreak — though there won’t be any spectators in the stands.

In an interview with CNBC, PGA Tour’s commissioner Jay Monahan said he hopes there’ll be a return to the links for the June 8 Charles Schwab Challenge.

It was a tough call.

“We’ve had over 10 conference calls, some lasting two hours, as we’ve thought about our resumption,” Monahan told the news outlet.

The discussions have included Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman and about a dozen other players who sit on the Tour’s policy boards, CNBC reported. 

“Our players are eager to return, excited to inspire this country, but also know that in announcing the schedule, we are going to do so in a safe and responsible way,” he said. 

Being an outdoor sport played on hundreds of acres of land, golf is more conducive to social distancing than many other professional sports. The Tour said the first four tournaments will be spectator free and they will then make decisions on future tournaments based on the advice of federal, state and local governments.

Monahan, a member of President Donald Trump’s economic advisory panel advising the federal government on how to reopen the country and jump start the economy, said Trump recognizes the important role of sports in America.

“To be able to share that with the administration, to hear from other leaders and other sports about how we’re thinking of returning, and then getting access to resources to help us connect to these challenges is very, very helpful,” he said.

“I think it was really important as a sport to come together to present a schedule that we knew our fans would love that would help our sport re-emerge,” he added.

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