Column: Anniversary marks progress of pandemic, not the end
The PGA Tour went for most of nine months without fans and a year later is just now starting to get them back. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The backdrop was a navy blue board filled with 33 logos of The Players Championship. The tour has played 36 out of the 39 weeks since it returned, stopping only because of holidays, not an outbreak. Players received a text late at night after the first round saying that The Players Championship was canceled and there would be no tournaments for at least a month (it turned into three months). AdMonahan remembers missing the opening tee shot for the first time since he joined the PGA Tour as executive director of The Players Championship.
The Masters Postponed Not Canceled
The annual road to the Masters took a major detour Friday but not a dead end, like other tournaments when Augusta National said the Masters would be postponed because of increasing risks with the new coronavirus. It was expected, but no less jarring, even as the Masters joined other big sporting events that were suspended (NBA), delayed (Major League Baseball) or canceled (NCAA basketball tournament). He left before the Masters was postponed, which was just as well. I think theres bigger problems in the world right now than whether we play the Masters or not, Jon Rahm said. Kevin Na said the tour shutting down and the Masters not being played the first full week in April had not sunk in.detroit.cbslocal.com