Adam Scott, Lee Westwood skeptical of PGA's coronavirus restart plan

Adam Scott, Lee Westwood skeptical of PGA's coronavirus restart plan







As comprehensive as the PGA Tour’s plan to return to tournament play is, a plan that almost all players have expressed comfort with, that’s not the case with everyone.

Adam Scott, in an interview with Evin Priest from the Australian Associated Press, said he has no plans to come back and play anytime soon because he is not comfortable with the tour’s plan.

Scott, ranked No. 6 in the world rankings, said he’ll watch from home in Australia for the first six weeks after the tour resumes on June 11 at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

“They are being fairly thorough, but my initial reaction was I was surprised it wasn’t tighter than it is,” Scott said. “What concerns me is dialogue that [the tour] is hopeful of returning one- or two-hour test [results]. You’d want that in place before competing [rather than a one- or two-day test result]. The other [concern] is it seems an asymptomatic person could operate within a tournament.

“If they’re not showing symptoms and I somehow picked it up inside the course and I’m disqualified, I’m now self-isolating [in that city] for two weeks. I’d be annoyed if that happened. I thought you’d start quite tight and loosen those protocols to normal if appropriate.”

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Lee Westwood and Adam ScottEPA, Getty

Scott said he is most likely to return for the World Golf Championships event in Memphis, beginning July 30, for his return. That would be his only warm-up for the rescheduled PGA Championship in San Francisco in early August, the first major of a revised 2020 schedule

“I’m definitely going to sit out and see how the first few weeks of the PGA Tour pan out and if things are progressing well, playing Memphis the week before the PGA is a thought,” Scott said. “I would have to think about staying in the United States through the U.S. Open [starting Sept. 17 at New York’s Winged Foot course]. It’s going to turn into like a nine-week trip to do that, maybe more.”

Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood, two golfers who are based in England, also have said they don’t plan to return soon because of quarantine rules that are in place for overseas travelers.

Westwood, the 31st-ranked player in the world, who has qualified to play the first two tournaments on the schedule, the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas and the RBC Heritage in South Carolina, told the Golf Channel he’s not going to play for awhile.

“Right now, I won’t be playing them — not with having to leave here two weeks before, quarantine, then play the two tournaments, then come back here and quarantine again,’’ he said. “It’s six weeks for two tournaments. To me, that’s just not worth it, and it’s just not worth taking the risk and everyone thinks those kind of precautions have to be in place, I don’t think golf is a priority if it’s that severe.”

Fleetwood has expressed similar issues as Westwood.

Westwood will likely miss the PGA Championship because he is hosting the British Masters the week prior, which would make it impossible for him to quarantine in the U.S. in time for the week at Harding Park.

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