PGA Tour Implements New ‘Bubble’ Policy to Cut Down Coronavirus Threat
The PGA Tour, which is one of the few sporting events actually in action in the US, has moved to decrease the threat of the coronavirus by instituting a new policy to drive down the risk of COVID-19 to those taking part.
There were seven withdrawals due to coronavirus at the Travelers Championship this last weekend and this has led to new guidelines which will prohibit players from being in the area while waiting for a first test result.
The ruling, and existing testing guidelines, cover players, caddies, physios and staff, will need a negative rest before being permitted on the grounds.
The PGA Tour released an official statement on the matter;
“Over the past three weeks as part of its Return to Golf, the Tour has been committed to learning from an operational standpoint and adjusting protocols in place in order to mitigate risk and promote the health and safety of all involved, including players, caddies, staff and volunteers,”
Prior to this new ruling players and others were allowed to be onsite while awaiting results but this has clearly caused some issues and the PGA has therefore wisely elected to tighten access to the bubble.
From a sports betting perspective the PGA offers golf fans the opportunity to place a bet or two, while the likes of the NBA and others are still some way off getting back into action.
With that in mind this may well be the right time to make the most of the most competitive PGA golf odds with the next big event in the calendar coming in the form of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which takes place at the Detroit Golf Club.
The biggest names taking part include Webb Simpson, current fifth in the world rankings, Patrick Reed and former Masters champion Bubba Watson.