At least one person is pushing back against the knuckleheads people in charge ... excerpt:
Rick Young, president of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, penned a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford on April 19 that called for a reversal of the controversial decision.
“Across North America, at this moment, Ontario is the only province, state or territory not allowing the sport to be played,” Young wrote. “This despite more than 26 million recorded rounds by approximately 1.8 million of your constituents with next to zero reports of COVID-19 transmission last season or this season.”
Golf is safe. Golf is naturally aligned to physical distancing. Golf has a clear set of well established, very safe protocols. Golf has important health benefits – the studies are clear about golf – it is good for your heart, it relieves stress, and it can improve your mental health. And many recent articles from doctors across the province indicate that the science is clear … outdoor transmission is extremely rare.
Help explain this to me ... Japan was able to bring in 120 golfers for the Olympics, but they won't be able to bring in 43 LPGAers for the limited field, no-cut Toto Japan Classic? Same question for Korea ... the BMW is a limited field with a limited number of LPGAers ... they can't handle that? BTW, in case anyone forgot, there were limited field LPGA events played in Singapore and Thailand earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Australia has taken the lead in the Asia-Pac germaphobic race to the bottom of de-humanization and insanity ... shooting dogs in animal shelters as an anti-Covid measure.
It's time for the ex-jock Salmon Steak to earn her keep and at least match Whan by bringing back the Lake Oconee event ... and that's just the beginning if China and Taiwan won't be reliable tour partners anymore.
Covid-19 is trying to accomplish what Jan Stephenson and Larry the Looper could never do: Turn the clock back 40 years ... play every week, drive from one event to another, and almost never leave the USA. It used to be like that:
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia has cancelled its men's and women's Open tournaments in a hammer blow for the struggling domestic game as COVID-19 and travel restrictions continue to bite.
The women's Australian Open, a stop on the elite LPGA Tour, had been scheduled for February in Adelaide.
Australia's borders are effectively shut and unlikely to open to non-residents until 2022, while the two-week isolation is putting off the nation's top players from coming home from the U.S. and European tours to support the domestic game.
"Southern" swing, maybe, haha. Yes, I'm very sad I won't be able to see the KLPGA stars here in Singapore! ...was cancelled last year too. And yes, who knows...this Ladies Asian Tour thing seems nebulous.
I looked up this week's Zozo Championship on the PGA Tour, which was moved out of Japan and to Sherwood CC in CA in 2020. I assumed this event was still in the U.S., but lo and behold, they moved it back to its proper home in Chiba this week. Meanwhile, the LPGA lost Toto-Japan for the second year in a row. The only practical solution in 2022 is for the LPGA to schedule BMW and Toto in consecutive weeks and tell the rest of Asia/OZ/NZ to stay under your beds.
I discovered this morning that the last few weeks for Ryo Ishikawa have really sucked. First, he bombed out of Stage 2 Korn Ferry qualifying Oct. 19-22 in Murrieta, CA. He shot -4 over four rounds, but the cut was -9 ... yikes, it is tough out there ... so, he couldn't even make it to the final qualifying stage in November. With apparently no future in the stinking U.S. minor leagues, he made the necessary (and unfortunate) decision of returning to his home country.
I assumed the mandatory 14-day quarantine period (which is b.s.) for Ryo and his coach (who was also in Murrieta) was supposed to be in some roach motel room, but no, a golf course in Chiba was designated as a "waiting" place ... in other words, a golf course that is used by other people. Between the English articles and the Google mushed articles, it's a bit confusing. Bottom line, Ryo got careless and was photographed with the wrong people at the wrong time.
First, he resigned as Vice Chairman of the Japan Golf Tour Players Association and the Japan Golf Tour Organization:
The European DP World Tour season opener for 2022, the Joburg Open, has been impacted by the identification of a new and potentially more potent strain of the virus in South Africa. Led by the UK, many countries are implementing a ban on direct flights from South Africa and many of her neighbors, prompting many players to withdraw from the event and high tail it out of the country. Even some of the broadcast technicians have been making a run for the airport. Staying on would mean limited options for leaving afterwards and a lengthy quarantine on returning to Europe.
This event and the 2 following it are co sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour. The joint announcement made today stated that next week's South African Open would now be exclusively a Sunshine Tour event while the Alfred Dunhill Championship the following week will be canceled.
The World Health Organization has decided to designate the strain, known as B.1.1.529, as a variant of concern and give it the name Omicron.