Australia’s Adam Scott has raised his concerns about the PGA Tour’s revised schedule, with the tournament restarting at the Charles Schwab Challenge next month.
The 2013 Masters champion told AAP that he will not play in the first six weeks of the tour’s new restart plan as he is not convinced by the safety and health measures to be put in place.
‘They are being fairly thorough, but my initial reaction was I was surprised it wasn’t tighter than it is. What concerns me, is dialogue that [the Tour] is hopeful of returning one or two-hour test [results]. You’d want that in place before competing,’ said Scott.
After more than two months off the course, the PGA Tour is adamant to see its restart get under way on 11 June without spectators initially, while regular testing will also be done on everyone involved.
‘The other [concern] is it seems an asymptomatic person could operate within a tournament. If they’re not showing symptons and I somehow picked it up inside the course and I’m disqualified I’m now self-isolating [in that city] for two weeks. I’d be annoyed if that happened. I thought you’d start quite tight and loosen those protocols to normal if appropriate,’ he added.
The 39-year-old is therefore planning to make his return to the USA at the World Golf Championships in Memphis, scheduled for the end of July.
It will, however, only provide him with one event to find his groove again with the PGA Championship due the following week.
‘I would have to think about staying in the United States through the US Open [starting 17 September at New York’s Winged Foot course]. It’s going to turn into like a nine-week trip to do that, maybe more,’ Scott concluded.