Coronavirus and golf: fans, tournaments and prospects

Be friendly or discreet?

What could be nicer than moving from one hole to the next, spreading your arms out to the sides and greeting the fans on the left and right? Not during the outbreak of the coronavirus, which is spreading all over the world, but miraculously bypasses Russia.

Rickie Fowler, one of the most popular golfers among the fans, used to have regular contact with golfers, but over the years he has done so less and less.

“From time to time I began to get sick. I don’t want to say that this is directly related to manual contact with other people, but now I very rarely shake hands with someone. Sometimes I can greet someone with a fist. When you regularly hold out your hand to someone, you increase the risk of catching something. At some point I realized this, and now I understand it even better, ”Fowler said.

Billy Horschel takes the opposite point of view. He believes that contact with the fans is an integral part of golf.

“This is no longer golf, this is no longer the sport we are used to. I just hope that those people whom I shake hands with know their condition, and if they are sick, they simply will not come to the field, ”said Horshel.

In the English Premier League, handshaking before the start of matches was previously canceled, and in the NBA, players are asked not to pick up objects from fans that can be signed.

PGA Championship is due to take place in San Francisco as planned

What about the upcoming golf tournaments?

In the European Tour, some of the events have already been canceled, but in the PGA, so far, everything is on schedule. True, there is a possibility that some tournaments may pass without spectators.

“Now there are rumors that spectators may not be allowed on the Masters. Players have been talking about this for a couple of days now. It is simply impossible to imagine the Masters without golf enthusiasts, ”added Horshel.

It was also rumored that the PGA Championship, which was to take place in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park, would be moved to another city. PGA tour commissioner Jay Monahan has denied the rumors.

“PGA of America executives are planning to host the PGA Championship in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park. As for the stage of the WGC in Austin, which is to take place in two weeks, we expect the tournament to take place. Another thing is that the situation is changing so quickly that sometimes new information appears every day or every hour. But at the moment we have plans to host the tournament in Austin, ”said Monahan.