After criticizing ‘reactive’ response, Lucas Glover says Tour’s achieved ‘hell of a job’
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Making an attempt to land a joke whereas additionally making a salient level is amongst life’s most difficult balancing acts however on March 13, 2020, with the PGA Tour perched unknowingly on the sting of a pandemic abyss Lucas Glover pulled it off.
“Remainder of sports activities and media: why don’t they drug check the [PGA Tour], Tour: OK, we higher begin doing that too. Remainder of sports activities and media: suppose we higher cease and keep away from crowds. Tour: maintain our beers it’s [The Players] week!” Glover tweeted earlier than teeing off for the primary spherical of final 12 months’s Gamers.
Lower than 24 hours later the Tour had canceled its flagship occasion and was bracing for a shutdown that might final three months. Neither Glover nor anybody else may have predicted how rapidly COVID-19 would alter on a regular basis life, however he was curious.
“[The tweet] was simply humor. I used to be simply making an attempt to be humorous. Everyone else was doing one thing and in customary trend we had been being reactive as an alternative of proactive,” Glover mentioned Monday at TPC Sawgrass. “I used to be simply making an attempt to be humorous and see if we may get some solutions.”
On reflection, the questions that Glover needed answered had been the identical being requested by many, together with C.T. Pan who withdrew from the occasion a day earlier to “shield” him and his spouse from the coronavirus.
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“My query was, if it was every other week would we now have already canceled?” Glover mentioned. “We’d already had somebody make a bodily stance with [C.T. Pan]; if it’s not secure to be in public why would I am going play golf? I don’t suppose they’d have tried to cram it in if it wasn’t this week.”
The NBA, tennis and numerous school convention basketball tournaments had already been halted and the notion because the Tour continued to cling to, the notion that golf, performed in an open discipline, was pandemic proof, wasn’t holding as much as scrutiny. And as Glover identified, “notion is actuality.”
Not lengthy after Glover accomplished his spherical, the Tour determined to proceed taking part in The Gamers on Friday however with out followers. Late that very same night time the circuit lastly pulled the plug on the occasion and any foreseeable tournaments.
The Tour would stay in limbo till June and solely just lately welcomed again a major variety of followers. Following a 12 months of uncertainty, officers and gamers have a greater understanding of find out how to play amid a pandemic.
“The one proactive factor we’ve achieved is to get again began earlier than anybody else they usually did a hell of a job,” Glover mentioned. “If I’m going to be crucial, I additionally need to level out a job nicely achieved they usually’ve achieved an unbelievable job. We as gamers haven’t suffered one bit from this. However, on the time, it appeared very reactive.”