Golf in the UK

Pro Ryan Palmer: PGA Tour golf could resume in May after being suspended due to coronavirus

According to seasoned pro Ryan Palmer, PGA Tour golf could resume in the middle of May after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Like most other sports, professional golf has been suspended amid the world health crisis with tournaments canceled or postponed.

The first two major events of the year, including the Masters and PGA Championship, were postponed while all PGA Tour events until May 21 were canceled.

Now there are doubts over the US Open in June after Winged Foot, the host club of the event, was forced shut by New York’s government.

There have been more than 104,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States with more than 1,700 deaths.

Globally, more than 600,000 cases have been reported with about 29,000 deaths.

However, Palmer, a member of the venue for that tournament, thinks that the Charles Schwab Classic, the next scheduled event on the PGA Tour, is not out of the question.

Palmer said: “I would bet that they are anticipating playing Colonial.”

Tournament director Michael Tothe said: “When you start thinking about the charities we are supporting, the committee chairs, the sponsors, the fans, the volunteers, the hotels, you will get really excited.

“But at the same time, it is a time in our life that we are going through real tough time. We are ready for what comes down the line.”

The golf calendar has been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the Olympic tournament scheduled for July was the latest event to be scrapped.

The Open Championship is still set to take place before the FedEx Cup play-offs in August, from July 16-19 as scheduled.

The Ryder Cup is also planned to take place from September 25-27 in Wisconsin.

The Masters in April and PGA Championship in May were both postponed in order to battle the pandemic with the whole world.

Both of them are rescheduled for the autumn.