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PGA Tour gauging interest in potential replacement feeder tour

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Could the PGA Tour be creating a temporary feeder tour? That’s the plan, according to an email that was sent by the Tour to members of its international tours – the Mackenzie Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour China – gauging interest in a potential U.S.-based replacement tour that would help make up for playing opportunities lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed idea, per the email, which was obtained by GolfChannel.com, calls for approximately six 54-hole tournaments, each with 36-hole cuts, to be played from August to mid-October. The goal is for two to three consecutive tournaments to be
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Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree to play Charles Schwab Challenge

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When the PGA Tour returns to action later this month at Colonial, there won't just be professionals competing. Georgia Tech senior Andy Ogletree, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, will make his Tour debut June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge, playing on a sponsor exemption. "I've been dreaming of playing the PGA Tour since I was 5 years old," Ogletree told WTOK, the ABC affiliate in Ogletree's native Little Rock, Mississippi. "That's been my goal and to see a goal achieved and start setting some new goals is really cool for me. Obviously, it's not going to be what I thought my
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Mackenzie Tour cancels remainder of season amid coronavirus pandemic

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Just as many other professional sports leagues are planning for or gearing up for a return to play, the Mackenzie Tour is shutting down for the remainder of the season. Border restrictions, mandatory quarantines for those who enter Canada and gathering restrictions in all provinces because of the coronavirus pandemic were just a few reasons that led the tour to cancel its season.  “With growing uncertainty surrounding the border and the 14-day quarantine regulations, among other factors, we’ve weighed all of our options and concluded that it is not feasible to play this summer,” Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard said
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Tony Jacklin calls Sergio Garcia biggest underachiever in golf

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Sergio Garcia has won 25 times in the U.S. and Europe, including 10 PGA Tour titles highlighted by the 2017 Masters. But in the eye of Hall-of-Famer Tony Jacklin, that haul pales in comparison to what might have been. Jacklin won two majors during his playing career, the 1969 Open and 1970 U.S. Open, and captained the European Ryder Cup team four times in the 1980s. Speaking to Golfweek, the Englishman picked Garcia when asked to name the biggest underachiever in golf he had ever seen. "He's been one of the best players on the planet for the last 20
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With no Q-Series, Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey joins list of women’s seniors returning to school

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Two months ago, Olivia Mehaffey and her Arizona State team had just stepped off the ferry at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu when their phones started buzzing. The NCAA had canceled the rest of the season and effectively ended the career of Mehaffey, the Sun Devils’ lone senior. “We’re at Pearl Harbor, so it was already somber to begin with, but when we got the news, we all just stood there, huddled, and just broke down in tears,” Arizona State coach Missy Farr-Kaye said. “It was so devastating, especially for Liv. But as I told her then, ‘I
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PGA Tour details charter-flight policy and costs in memo to players

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One of the cornerstones of the PGA Tour’s plan to return to competition next month will be the chartered flights from one tournament to the next for players and caddies. On Friday, the circuit unveiled its guidelines for those flights. In a memo sent to players, the Tour stressed that the “use by players and caddies is strongly encouraged,” and that players will be required to take a COVID-19 saliva test prior to boarding the flight. The tests will be given following the third round for PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour players, and “only players who test negative for the
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Eddie Pepperell planning to skip PGA Championship, keep focus in Europe

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Should the PGA Championship be played as scheduled in early August, don't expect Eddie Pepperell to be in the star-studded field at TPC Harding Park. Pepperell has been waiting out the hiatus sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic in his native England, and he does not currently have status on the PGA Tour. But he's ranked No. 65 in the world, a standing that would likely qualify him comfortably to make his fourth PGA Championship appearance in August. But when speaking to Sky Sports, Pepperell shared that he has no plans to deal with the travel issues and quarantine restrictions required to
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