After three months of turmoil because of Covid-19, the PGA Tour will be fought again with the Charles Schwab Challenge – kicking off today 11/6, at the Colonial Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
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In the last days of January 2020, golfers and fans entered the festival atmosphere with Waste Management Phoenix Open event at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. The audience also shouted at the stars’ blows with the volume that could be compared to thundering in hole 16, par3 of the stadium’s designed stadium. This is the 16th event of the PGA Tour 2019-2020.
Until then, the season has passed with many bright points. Tiger Woods won the Zozo Championship in October to co-own a record 82 PGA Tour titles with the legendary Sam Snead. Rory McIlroy won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in early November and is about to return to number one in the world. And Justin Thomas was crowned twice, with the CJ Cup in Korea a week before Woods and the Sentry Tournament of Champions for champions at the beginning of the year.
However, after international media reported on the COVID-19 disease situation in the world. And on the night of March 12, the states began to apply blockade orders or “home detention”. People at the PGA Tour know the importance of turning golf as the last sport to hold up. However, they could not step forward. “This is the biggest event of our year. But although we felt that we had a safe environment and prepared everything properly, we could neither continue nor have the right to continue”, Monahan said in a statement. press conference canceled the morning 13/3.
Then, the PGA Tour stopped the season indefinitely LPGA Tour, the arenas of Asia, Europe, Latin America, etc. in turn froze. All dominoes have fallen. Monahan and the staff picked up what was left of the old schedule to prepare for a reconstruction that they could not know when to start. All just know “to be patient”.
After The Players, three adjacent events are crossed out on the list. The shocking news for golfers came when Masters did not follow the custom in April but was postponed indefinitely. Next, the PGA Tour removed four more stages from the schedule. By the time the American Professional Golf Association (PGAA) announced the suspension of the PGA Tour Championship, it is considered that the peak golf is closed until at least mid-May.
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Once the most important events have settled down, the PGA Tour continues its own roadmap with a plan to return to “Safety and Health”.
Less than two weeks after the general text, the PGA Tour announced a rematch with a starting point of the Charles Schwab Challenge. Thus, the old plan from the beginning of the year to the end of the season of 34 tournaments became a shortened version after canceling 10 events and reallocating the time to organize the series of other competitions.
Over the next 13 weeks, the PGA Tour will have 14 stages, including three FedEx Cup play-off events including the Northern Trust, the BMW Championship, and the Tour Championship for three consecutive weeks from August 20 Korean Golfer Im Sungjae – nicknamed “Iron Man” – is leading the race with $15 million for the champions.
Tonight 11/6, the golfers will go to the Colonial Stadium to compete in the Cup. With the participation of 15 people in the top 20 in the world, the Charles Schwab Challenge has reached the peak of its overall competitiveness since its inception in 1946. Although still broadcast live, the event has no field audience. Some stars accept to wear a microphone during competition.
For the PGA Tour members, this is a strange time for changing the way of travel, accommodation, social activities, etc. They will continue to get used to the new scene in the next four tournaments. It is a fact that must be accepted when the PGA Tour enters a “new normal” state in a confident and optimistic mood.