PGA Tour ‘monitoring other leagues’ after MLB virus outbreak

Officials for the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour are closely monitoring developments in other professional sports leagues after Major League Baseball was forced to postpone two games Monday.

“We are monitoring other leagues resuming or beginning their seasons,” the PGA Tour told Field Level Media on Monday.

Baseball began its delayed season on Thursday but by the end of the opening weekend, as many as 16 in the Marlins’ traveling party, including players and staff, reportedly tested positive. The Marlins remained in Philadelphia on Sunday night instead of taking their scheduled flight back to Florida, and Monday’s game was postponed.

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The Philadelphia Phillies, after playing the Marlins over the weekend, postponed their Monday game against the New York Yankees.

The PGA is scheduled to be in Memphis this week for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The delayed LPGA Tour season is set to resume in Toledo, Ohio, with the Drive On Championship beginning Friday.

“We don’t have any planned changes at this time regarding testing or other protocols,” the PGA Tour told Field Level Media.

LPGA set to return to play

The LPGA will mirror many of the PGA protocols, and partnered with an official sponsor for masks (Cambia Health Solutions) and travel coordination (Global Rescue).

“We’re excited about getting back and playing,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. “We’ve waited long enough. We’ve got plenty of athletes that are itching to compete. I know we probably have athletes, too, that aren’t itching as much to compete and I’ve encouraged them all to do whatever they feel is right to themselves.”

The last LPGA event completed was the Australian Open in February.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)