In March South Africa’s Victor Lange became the first PGA Tour player to test positive for coronavirus. Having made a solid recovery, he now calls for great alertness and responsibility when players return to the course in the near future.
The PGA Tour looks set to restart its new revised season at the Charles Scwhwab Challenge next month, but with strict health measures in place to avoid the further spreading of Covid-19.
It is a proposal that Lange, who spent his quarantine period in his parents’ home in South Africa, welcomes but he also implores players to take the necessary responsibility of keeping themselves safe.
‘Everyone wants golf to return, and we’re all going to have to work together to make that possible,’ Lange told Golf.com.
‘That doesn’t mean the Tour itself; it means the players as well. We’re all going to have to agree that things aren’t the way they were, and if we want to move forward, we’re going to have to make some health changes.’
Lange, who competes on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, made his last appearance at the Estrella del Mar Open in Mexico, a mere two weeks before he tested Covid-19 positive.
The 26-year-old, though, is eager to get back on the course, despite the risk of competing on a tour that requires a lot of travelling between North and South America.
‘The game could look a little differently than it used to. I think it is going to be challenging, but I think it’s doable to get past all these things and make it happen,’ he added.
‘If it is open, travelling to South American countries, you’re just going to have to use extreme caution. This is something we’re pretty much going to have to go through and live through. Unless they come up with a vaccine and completely flatten the curve and kill off infections, this is something we’re just going to have to become accustomed to.’
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