Adam Scott returned to his home in Australia after the PGA Tour canceled because of the Players Championship coronavirus pandemic. And although the tour is planned to restart next month, he hopes to stay away a little longer.
Scott, who won the Invitational Event earlier this year, told the Australian Associated Press that he planned to be absent from the first seven tournaments, not comfortable enough with the guidelines proposed last week by the tour.
“They were being quite thorough, but my initial reaction was that I was surprised it wasn’t tighter than that,” Scott said in an interview with AAP. “What concerns me is that dialogue [the tour] hoping to return an hour or two test [results]. You want it to be in place before competing. “
“Another [concern] whether asymptomatic people can operate in a tournament. If they show no symptoms and somehow I take it in the course and I am disqualified, I am now in exile [in that city] for two weeks. I will be annoyed if that happens.
“I think you will start very tight and loosen the protocols to normal if necessary.”
The PGA tour last week announced detailed plans to get back in action The Challenge of Charles Schwab, with the first of at least four spectator-free tournaments.
Among the specifics are the testing guidelines which include self-test before leaving for the tournament, COVID-19 test – possibly at a designated hotel – and then daily screenings and thermal readings. This will take place every week, and around 400 COVID-19 tests will be given.
But the tour official acknowledged that the testing system they were originally going to use would not return results for 24 to 48 hours, hoping to get a quick test when the process improved.
Scott said he would return at the end of July at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which is the week before the PGA Championship rescheduled in San Francisco.
He will then stay in the country through the US Open scheduled for September and possibly the Masters in November. Scott also has a home in the Bahamas.
“I will definitely sit and watch how the first few weeks of the PGA Tour go well and if everything goes well, playing Memphis [WGC] the week before the PGA is thought, “he said.” I have to think about living in the United States through the US Open [which begins Sept. 17]. This will turn out to be like a nine-week trip to do that, maybe more. “