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Anniversary Marks Progress of Pandemic, Not the End

The setting was a naval force blue board loaded up with 33 logos of The Players Championship. Sitting close to PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan was the gold prize as he talked about rejecting the visit’s head occasion a year ago and how golf endured the COVID-19 pandemic.

At any rate, there wasn’t a “Job well done” standard.

It’s enticing to believe that way. Monahan referenced the expression “promising end to current circumstances” on three events during his newsgathering Tuesday, which normally is to a greater degree a “Condition of the Tour.” This was a condition of the pandemic.

The news felt generally good.

The visit has played 36 out of the 39 weeks since it returned, halting simply because of occasions, not a flare-up. It never had multiple players test positive for the Covid at any one competition.

Recollections are still straight from a year ago. Players got a book late around evening time after the first round saying that The Players Championship was dropped and there would be no competitions for at any rate a month (it transformed into a quarter of a year). Bernd Wiesberger got the last flight home to Austria. Kevin Na found a banana in one of the pockets of his golf pack, which in any case would not have been found for quite a long time.

Monahan missed the initial tee went interestingly since he joined the PGA Tour as chief head of The Players Championship. He had been in a meeting room at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse with the remainder of the leader staff for a gathering that kept going over 12 hours and finished with the choice to quit playing.

“I will be there on Thursday. I anticipate it,” he said. “Simply pleased, above all, to be back here a year later — glad for our players, glad for every one of the caddies, everyone that has endeavored to get us back to this point on schedule. What’s more, truly, to do as such in a truly rousing manner.

“I think this is a significant week for us each and every year,” he said, “however especially so this year.”

He will not be the just one watching. The Players Championship is permitting 20% of limit with regards to onlookers, which will be some place shy of 10,000 individuals (nobody knows precisely what “limit” signifies on a green). The tickets sold out one hour after they went discounted a month ago.…


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