US Government assists overseas players to return to the PGA Tour

Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Adam Scott have already said that they won’t be re-joining the PGA Tour when it resumes tournament play on June 11.

But on Friday the US Homeland Security Department issued an order making it easier for professional athletes competing in the United States from overseas countries to enter the country. This includes members of the PGA and LPGA Tours (as well as ATP and WTA tennis professionals, Major League baseball and NBA and WNBA basketball). Also included are essential staff and families, although I had heard that families were not to be present at PGA Tour events.

This means that these athletes residing in other countries are exempt from normal entry restrictions but still have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival (and 14 days on arrival back to the UK for British players intending to compete such as Matthew Fitzpatrick).

The acting Head of Homeland Security said “Professional sports events provide much needed economic benefits, national unity and pride. Americans need their sports. It’s time to re open the economy and get professional athletes back to work, The PGA Tour, which resumes on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Cup, has 25 members living outside the US. The LPGA will resume on June 23 with the Marathon Classic.

The PGA Tour will be offering a chartered 737 to transport players on Monday from one tour stop to the next for $600 a seat. The Tour are strongly encouraging players to take advantage of this. There will be no middle seat in each row, passengers will wear face coverings and must test negative at a test taken before boarding.

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