How the LPGA plans to deal with its return to play, from Ohio to Europe
So what occurs if an LPGA participant or caddie checks constructive at a match and is compelled to quarantine whereas on the highway?
The problem shall be extra daunting than what PGA Tour execs face.
No less than 15 instances extra daunting.
That’s the monetary equation girls will face in the event that they get sick with COVID-19 when the LPGA makes its scheduled restart in Ohio in three weeks.
The PGA Tour awards members who take a look at constructive whereas following protocols as much as $75,000.
LPGA gamers had been knowledgeable in a digital gamers’ assembly Wednesday that they’ll obtain $5,000 in the event that they take a look at constructive at a match website whereas adhering to tour protocols.
They’ll get $2,500 in the event that they take a look at constructive at house following correct procedures.
LPGA caddies will get the identical.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan and tour operations officer Heather Daly-Donofrio led Wednesday’s assembly. They laid out plans to steer the tour by the coronavirus pandemic in a restart that features an early European swing.
Whereas the early return of followers could show to be a problem in Ohio, gamers discovered Wednesday that there’s additionally a brewing difficulty over pro-ams.
Mell explains how LPGA plans to deal with return to play
Extra on that later.
After returning for the Drive On Championship July 31-Aug. 2 after which the Marathon Traditional the next week, the tour is scheduled to journey to Scotland for back-to-back occasions, the Aberdeen Commonplace Investments Women Scottish Open and the AIG Ladies’s British Open.
There are every kind of challenges for the ladies going abroad, even with Scotland set to ratify the UK’s overseas athlete quarantine exemption, which can enable Individuals and gamers from different overseas nations to keep away from the 14-day quarantine required upon arriving.
That exemption doesn’t embody mother and father or brokers.
That’s a problem for younger gamers accustomed to touring with their mother and father, a reasonably frequent apply within the LPGA ranks.
The Ladies’s British Open is making a “bio safe zone” at Royal Troon, permitting solely gamers, caddies and different important personnel contained in the zone, which restricts motion to the course and designated lodge.
No mother and father shall be allowed in that bubble, both.
It raises questions on who will and gained’t be exhibiting up when the primary main championship of the ladies’s season is scheduled to be performed.
There’s additionally nonetheless some uncertainty over whether or not the Marathon Traditional will go off as deliberate, with choices to be made about followers and pro-ams.
BY Will Grey
— July 6, 2020 at 11:24 AM
After initially planning for as much as 8,000 followers per day, the PGA Tour introduced that no followers shall be current at subsequent week’s Memorial Match.
The occasion is scheduled to be the primary within the restart to permit followers, however earlier this week the Memorial introduced it wouldn’t be permitting followers at its PGA Tour occasion in Ohio, scheduled two weeks earlier than the restart.
It raises questions on how protected opening gates to the LPGA shall be.
Judd Silverman informed GolfChannel.com final month that staging the Marathon Traditional didn’t make sense financially with out followers, saying the group nature of the occasion, together with its company leisure and pro-ams, was very important to its success.
Apparently, pro-ams are as very important as followers.
The Marathon Traditional is scheduled to characteristic 5 pro-ams.
The LPGA, in line with one of many digital attendees of the gamers assembly, is pushing again, in an effort to scale back the pro-ams, and to restrict participant publicity to the virus. The LPGA knowledgeable gamers that it’s a troublesome dialogue for Marathon, as a result of the pro-ams increase a lot cash for the occasion. They’re probably the distinction between the Traditional creating wealth or dropping cash.
Listed here are different key factors addressed in Wednesday’s conferences:
• Testing protocols start with gamers and caddies taking at-home saliva checks seven days earlier than their scheduled arrival at a match website. In the event that they’re unfavorable for COVID-19, they’re free to journey. As soon as on the match website, on Monday or Tuesday, they’ll bear a nasal swab take a look at. They are going to be allowed to make use of the grounds, however not the clubhouse, whereas awaiting outcomes. With a unfavorable outcome, they’ll acquire entry to the clubhouse. Each day after that, they’ll bear thermal screening, with an on-site or on-call physician out there, ought to a participant present signs.
• The LPGA is exploring whether or not to arrange a constitution flight to take gamers and caddies from Toledo to Scotland, with a return to the USA for the Walmart NW Arkansas occasion in Rogers, Arkansas. The tour despatched out a survey to gauge curiosity, with socially distanced seating priced at $1,200 a technique for coach, $2,500 for an improve. Whan informed gamers a call could possibly be made anytime between Friday and Monday.