The Japan Golf Association cancelled the April 15 "dreamer" stage for its various championships. However, the next stage on June 10 is still on schedule ... does that mean that the various pro tours in Japan might restart on June 10? We can only hope. Unfortunately, the NY Post has a story on the virus hitting Tokyo's red light district ... that's just great.
An update from one of America's hot spots: Except for trips about once every three days to my parents' house to handle their ShopRite runs, I'm furloughed in my bunker. About 40% of the positive cases are in the four counties across from the Hudson River. There's a chance of Ocean County down south blowing up soon, since the cops have had to bust up numerous LARGE gatherings in the Orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood ... apparently these knuckleheads think they are immune ... yeah, right. On top of that, some of the people arrested were from Brooklyn ... that's just beautiful, look what's happening in NYC.
Warm weather on Monday and Tuesday means golf shots in the park ... at this rate I might get good at the game.
The JLPGA announced they will be taking the players' temperatures every day of tournaments, including pro-am and practice rounds. Anyone at 37.5C (99.5F) or higher will be sent back to the hotel; if it remains that high for a second day, you're out of the tournament. If you have a high temp during any of the championship rounds, you'll be kicked out. Players who are from "Level 3" covid 19 countries must be in Japan 14 days in advance or else they can't play.
Nice to see the KPMG LPGA still on the sked for late June. I was looking forward to Shibuno, but will it be worth her time coming to the U.S. if she has to isolate herself after returning to Japan?
Not surprised at all that they are postponing and NOT cancelling the ShopRite/Acer ... no way would they give up on two days of pro-ams. I have no idea how this course will play in early August.
The Symetra Tour won't go back into action until the Island Resort Championship in Michigan on June 19-21 ... we hope. There are two open weeks from that week thru the end of the Symetra season in early October, so they have a little slack for more delays, if necessary.
The ruling class in NYC and Albany is two years ahead of schedule:
"New York City in the year 2022: Nothing runs anymore. Nothing works, but the people are the same, and the people will do anything to get what they need."
The JLPGA's Fujisankei event (April 24-26) was cancelled. PM Shinzo Abe will issue a new Declaration of Emergency on Tuesday for one month for Tokyo and the six prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka.
The Men's US Open is now penciled in for the weekend of the 17-20 September at Winged Foot, while The Masters is eyeing the 12th to 15th of November. Annika also announced that the mixed event on the ET/LET she is co hosting with Henrik Stenson will now debut next year instead of 2020. The PGA Championship in SF is now slated for 6-9 August.
All this presumes of course that the tours can restart in mid June. Keep watching this space...
The 2020 Curtis Cup has been postponed to 2021 and will be at the same golf course in Wales.
The USGA plans to reschedule the USWO qualifiers.
The latest dispatch from The Bunker:
There have been employees at 24 ShopRite locations that have tested positive... but not at the ones I go to. Nevertheless, I think I'll go to Weis for my parents' next food run. I don't like their prices (ditto for Stop & Shop), but maybe I should see if they're stocking their shelves better. Oh yeah, love these people who are dropping used gloves on the parking lot at ShopRite. I don't use gloves, but I'm wearing a P95 mask when shopping and using hand sanitizer when I get back to the car.
As of Sunday, they still hadn't cut the grass at the park. I was lucky to finish with 19 shag balls out of 20. I'll drop by Wednesday PM ... I think Wednesday was the usual day for grass cutting there when the world was normal.
We are buried in taxes here, but at least the NJ Unemployment Insurance system is working smooth as silk so far. I had no problem opening a claim online on Sunday AM and it was approved overnight, as promised. Meanwhile, a NY Post editorial said the NY UI system has been a total cluster****. Time for Hamlet-on-the-Hudson Junior to tear himself away from cameras and fix this.
The JLPGA cancelled its Panasonic event (May 1-3). Next on the potential chopping block is the Salonpas major (May 7-10) ... however, they now have two open weeks in early August with the Olympics being ash canned ... just move it to August.
I can forget about working on my golf game for while ... Murphy just closed all the state and county parks.
I watched the SBS Golf Library - Jeon In Ji and it made me again realize how amazing In Gee's 2015 season was! A friend asked me about In Gee's Ping Rhapsody Ad. I had the pic of her in the box but no video file. Short story, the YouTube Url in the 2015 KLPGA Primer was disabled.. Eventually found more stuff in Feb 2015 Pix.. Thanks HF!
Thanks a lot for putting this visual back in my head. The way the girls of T-ara break out of their boxes in the video will be all of us when this crisis is over and we finally emerge from our own boxes:
Realizing that physical distancing isn't enough, Boston mayor Marty Walsh has announced a recommended curfew in the city for all except essential workers from 9pm-6am. The parking lots around state beaches are closed but the beaches themselves are still open - provided you can walk to them and maintain physical distancing along your stroll. Since there were still metered parking spots along the streets in South Boston near the popular beaches there the city used construction barrels to block those off as well. Massachusetts is technically under a stay-at-home ADVISORY, so no one is being cited for being out although some restaurants along the beaches in Revere and Salisbury that had remained open for takeout and delivery were ordered to suspend takeout when the queues at some became unmanageable with only lip service paid to physical distancing. This was especially problematic in Revere because a large assisted living facility where several infections have been reported is in close proximity to the busy seaside strip.
Three out of the four major sports that would all normally be up and running (no word from the fourth, MLS, as yet) have begun floating contingency plans for playing games behind closed doors once it's safe to do so. MLB would plunk everybody down in and around Phoenix with the various spring training complexes hosting games in addition to the Diamondbacks' home stadium, although how they'll cope with the region's notoriously torrid summer heat hasn't been addressed. The NBA is thinking of concluding their season in Las Vegas while the NHL is giving serious consideration to...wait for it...Grand Forks, North Dakota. Given that we haven't even reached the apex of the curve yet, all of this is purely conjecture at this point.