Eddie Pepperell planning to skip PGA Championship, hold focus in Europe
Ought to the PGA Championship be performed as scheduled in early August, do not count on Eddie Pepperell to be within the star-studded discipline at TPC Harding Park.
Pepperell has been ready out the hiatus sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic in his native England, and he doesn’t at present have standing on the PGA Tour. However he is ranked No. 65 on the planet, a standing that might doubtless qualify him comfortably to make his fourth PGA Championship look in August. However when talking to Sky Sports activities, Pepperell shared that he has no plans to cope with the journey points and quarantine restrictions required to play within the 12 months’s first main.
As a substitute, he intends to focus his efforts in Europe on the heels of a Golf Digest report that European Tour officers are “getting ready” to renew competitors with a run of 4 straight occasions within the U.Okay. starting in late July.
BY Will Grey
— Might 21, 2020 at 9:33 AM
The European Tour is reportedly contemplating a return to competitors that would come with 4 straight occasions within the U.Okay.
“Even when the principles have been to vary, and if the rumors from the European Tour are true, and there is perhaps some golf to be performed within the U.Okay. in July and August in a run, I’ll prioritize that forward of 1 main championship in San Francisco,” Pepperell stated.
The 29-year-old gained twice on the European Tour in 2018 and reached as excessive as 32nd on the planet that very same 12 months. He has missed the reduce in two of his three prior PGA appearances, in any other case ending T-59 at Bellerive in 2018.
Pepperell additionally implied that the PGA Tour’s return to competitors, starting June 11-14, is perhaps untimely given the continuing coronavirus considerations. Whereas PGA Tour members this season will retain eligibility into 2021, he believes the choice to conclude the 2020 season in September and reshuffle rankings accordingly may affect decisions made by gamers as to after they’ll tee it up.
“They’re most likely going to be pressured to play, however I do not assume you may adhere to the principles 100 %. So if we’ll go forward with this, we have now to acknowledge there are going to be some infractions. This may occasionally put the gamers in a clumsy place,” Pepperell stated. “Is it value it? I suppose many individuals would say that it’s. My private opinion is I might somewhat wait till we will get again nearer to some sort of normality after which come again than to pressure it to occur, however that does not imply I believe it is unsuitable.”