This announcement, while disheartening, was not unexpected given the fast moving developments over the past 24 hours. We now have the NBA, the NHL and MLS suspending their seasons, the NCAA cancelling ALL of their winter and spring championships, MLB scrubbing the rest of spring training and delaying the start of the season 2 weeks and the PGA Tour holding the next few events without a gallery. This was the scene at a supermarket I stopped into today:
I dropped by Aldi after work and the refrigerated sections for dinner meats, poultry and fish were cleaned out. I bought some lunch food and went over to nearby Stop & Shop, where some of the shelves were partially bare ... bought canned soups and beans on sale. Both places looked busy. I was in a rush and didn't look at the shelves for hand sanitizers. However, I found a small unused bottle at home, but it has an expiration date on the bottom, April 2016. Do you think that matters? I don't mind taking expired Tylenols or allergy pills if I really have to.
Notoneword at the USGA website regarding its championships ... the first USWO qualifier is April 21 in Kent, WA ... about 10 miles south of Seattle.
I'll say this... the LPGA used to have an event in Palm Springs area in September. The Samsung Invitation ( literally across the street from Se Ri's house, she would drive her golf cart there )
If they could successfully transplant the The Dinah to the Fall. That could be a blessing in disguise.
Sure, I remember the Samsung ... I believe that's where Sophie G. received a favorable ruling around 2003, maybe due to fear since her boyfriend was Ty Votaw.
Totally agree about moving ANA to the fall ... it's been dying slowly in April and the ANWA is the final nail in the coffin. The LPGA has three open weeks in Sept/Oct, so why not use them? Plus, they'd have a fourth week open if they dumped the Shanghai event (Oct 15-18).
The above site was posted on GolfWrx and I agree that it's a really good tracker - shows what's happening by country (the Diamond Princess cruise ship has a separate entry) and gets updated almost as much as an online leaderboard.
On Friday the 13th, Korea had more recoveries than new cases for the first time:
A bit of good news: they closed the final two emergency clinics in Wuhan yesterday. These were the overflow clinics set up to handle the massive number of corona virus patients. I think at one point there were over 20 of them in the city? Anyways, they can handle the number of patients in the ordinary hospitals now.
The USGA has been carefully monitoring all information available regarding the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and remains focused on the health and safety of the USGA community, including our staff, players, officials, volunteers and spectators. We have established an internal task force and are communicating on a regular basis with our peers in the golf community and the broader sports world as information on this evolving issue continues to be shared. Our leadership continues to follow current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization and will remain vigilant in working with local and state authorities to monitor the virus and its implications for the entire USGA community.
Our championship season begins in late April and runs through September, with the U.S. Open being played in June, and as of today, we have not made any decisions to alter this schedule. We are committed to being proactive in updating our constituents regarding any changes and will provide more information as it becomes available. We will take action in the event there are direct impacts to our people or our championships, including our qualifiers.
With Winged Foot being so close to New Rochelle, I don't see how they could possibly hold the USO there this year.
Aigoo, I went into ShopRite around 3:30 PM today ... what a zoo. But, I gotta be prepared and picked up more canned food. Fortunately, I bought a 20-pack of t.p. late last year, since the shelves for that and paper towels were EMPTY.
Updated USGA Statement on 2020 Championship Cancelations March 17, 2020 | Liberty Corner, N.J. Given the recent CDC guidance and the evolving dynamics of the Coronavirus pandemic, the USGA announced today that it has canceled its first two 2020 championships, the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, originally scheduled for April 25-29 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., and the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, originally scheduled for May 23-27 at Philadelphia (Pa.) Cricket Club. These championships will not be rescheduled in 2020. In addition, the USGA has canceled local (first stage) qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open and qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Women's Open in their current forms, and in conjunction with our Allied Golf Association (AGA) partners and International Federations, will look to redesign qualifying going forward as events unfold. We will continue to hold the dates for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club (June 4-7) and the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club (June 18-21). At this time, it is premature to speculate what might occur with other 2020 USGA championships. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and regulations from the CDC, WHO and other federal, state and local authorities to do what is in the best interests of our community. We appreciate everyone's understanding and support during these unprecedented times.
I'm not sure it's even worth redesigning the qualifier rounds ... they could arbitrarily decide the pro/amateur ratio for the USO and USWO and select the top players using the pro tour money lists and world ranking lists. Do you want to expose the USGA volunteers to large gatherings that aren't absolutely necessary? Have you seen how OLD they are?!