PGA Players Advisory Committee backs June 11th return

by | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 comments

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Bernie McGuire

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The PGA Tour Players Advisory Committee is understood yesterday (Tuesday) to have backed a PGA recommendation to return to competition on June 11 for the rescheduled Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

It was thought the Texas event on the famed Colonial course would take place at the end of next month from May 21-24 as it presently appears on the schedule, but given on-going fears over COVID-19, the Tour will announce shortly a move to the second week of June, with the possibility the event will be played without spectators.

The Committee, in a telephone conference call, is understood to have agreed to reschedule the following:

The Charles Schwab Challenge, due to be played from May 21-24, will still become the first Tour event since the cancellation of the Players Championship in moving to June 11-14 and will take the place of the cancelled RBC Canadian Open.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic to switch from May 28-31 to July 2-5.

The Memorial will move from June 4-7 to July 16-19, in the same week now vacant with the cancellation of of the 149th Open Championship

Bizarrely, the PGA Tour still continues to show the 2020 RBC Canadian Open will take place as scheduled from June 11-14 but we already reported a fortnight ago that Rory McIlroy’s defence of his RBC Canadian Open title will not take place after the Toronto Mayor John Tory announced all city-sponsored events and permits had been cancelled through to the end of June.

The RBC Canadian Open is backed by Toronto City so why it remains on the Tour schedule remains a mystery.

The Players Advisory Committee meeting was also made aware the week of June 18-21 remains free and with words “Potential PGA Tour tournament” appearing on the 2019/20 wraparound schedule.

If the Tour does go back to work mid-June, that date could be very sought after.

Those on the Committee include:

Ryan Armour
Paul Casey
David Hearn
Harry Higgs
Charley Hoffman
Billy Horschel
Zach Johnson
Russell Knox
Anirban Lahiri
Peter Malnati
Rory McIlroy
Ryan Palmer
Jon Rahm
Kevin Streelman
Justin Thomas
Harold Varner III

 

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