Today (Thursday, April 16) the Professional Golf Association has announced that they will amend the 2019-2020 season as well as the Fall portion of its 2020-2021, I can finally breathe again.
Golf is scheduled to be back-in-action around the date of June 11. The PGA will be holding the Charles Schwab Challenge in Forth Worth, Texas. If all goes as planned, Colonial Country Club will host the professional tournament between the dates of June 11-June 14. That is roughly a three-month gap from the day that the PGA decided to cease operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, stopping play after Round 1 of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass back in March.
“The health and safety of all associated with the PGA Tour and our global community continues to be our number one priority,” said commissioner Jay Monahan. “Our hope is to play a role — responsibly — in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love.”
The PGA’s plan to return in mid-June is honestly a big step when considering most other sports and the current circumstances we are all facing. Golf is a non-contact sport, making it much easier to resume play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
So what does this mean for other sports? Is there any chance that other organizations will fall in the footsteps of the PGA? I think that it will still be some time until we see other sports start playing again, given that most other sports involve high levels of contact with other players and when there is a highly contagious disease shocking the world, it might not be the best idea to create a plan of resuming play for at least another few months.
We’ve still got some time to kill, but seeing that commissioner Monahan has created a plan to get sports back is truly reassuring during these trying times.
2019-2020 PGA Tour Schedule (revised)
June 11-14: Charles Schwab Challenge
June 18-21: RBC Heritage
June 25-28: Travelers Championship
July 2-5: Rocket Mortgage Classic
July 9-12: John Deere Classic
July 16-19: The Memorial Tournament
July 23-26: 3M Open
July 29-August 2: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
July 29-August 2: Barracuda Championship
August 6-9: PGA Championship
August 13-16: Wyndham Championship
August 20-23: The Northern Trust
August 27-30: BMW Championship
September 4-7: Tour Championship