PGA Tour Releases Comprehensive Health & Safety Plan for June Return
The PGA Tour has released its 37-page Health and Safety Plan outlining how events will be managed when tournament play resumes on June 11 at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.
According to Golf Digest, who obtained the report, the plan will be released to players and tour officials in the coming days.
The PGA Tour’s return is set for June 11-14 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Precautions Taken for Players
The heart of the PGA’s plan is based on testing, lots of testing.
According to Golf Digest, testing will consist of many layers an storages, starting with pre-travel lab screening before competitors and caddies leave home for a tournament.
When players and caddies arrive in the city of the tournament, they will then go through four methods of screening, including a questionnaire; temperature reading; an RT PCR nasal swab or saliva test; and an igM/IgG serum antibody test.
Players will then have to fill out a daily questionnaire and undergo a temperature screening.
According to Golf Digest, players can practice and plan on-site while waiting for test results, but will have no access to course facilities.
If a player tests positive during the week, they will be immediately isolated and must quarantine for 14 days.
That player will also not be allowed to travel and will be ineligible to compete.
If a player tests positive during a tournament, they will be forced to withdraw and receive a last place check, including if a player had made the cut.
During rounds, players will be able to remove and replace clubs, take the golf ball out of the hole, and caddies will be allowed to rake bunkers and tend flagsticks.
The PGA Tour will also provide a chartered flight from each tournament site to the next.
In addition to players and caddies being tested, PGA Tour staff (including rules and scoring officials); media officials; security and player relations, select ShotLink staff; select tournament staff, player and caddie services; and starters, clubhouse staff and independent trainers, will also be subject to testing.
Family, agents or managers will not be allowed on site, while coaches and interpreters will be, but must follow social distancing guidelines.
Lastly, the tour plans to allow a limited number of media at events with work spaces spread out.
All interviews will take place outside in a “flash area” with no more than three “pool” reporters.