Tiger Woods to defend Augusta Masters title behind closed doors as organisers decide against spectators
The Masters had already been pushed back from its traditional April slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now take place from 12-15 November.
With Morikawa, Wolff, Hovland, Champ, Im, and Nieman staking their claim, golf's old guard is set to be challenged for supremacy in days to come.
Morikawa had four birdies, including two in his first four holes as he got off to a hot start. But it was his eagle at 16 that separated him from the tight pack at the top of the leaderboard.
Li Haotong was bogey-free and posted an 8-under 132, giving him a two-shot lead over a large group that included Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending champion.
Jason Day finished his bogey-free round of 5-under 65 with an approach to 6 feet for birdie on No. 9, the toughest hole on the course at 518 yards.
The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the PGA Championship to move from May to August also led to this being the first major championship without spectators.
The decision means Tiger Woods, who is one win shy of a record-breaking 83 PGA Tour victories, will go into the year’s first major having played just one event since the PGA Tour returned in June.
Woods, who last competed on the PGA Tour in mid-February at the Genesis Invitational where he finished last among players who made the cut, showed a bit of promise but plenty of rust on a layout where he had won five times.
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Nicklaus shared the news when the Memorial was coming out of a weather delay in the final round.
Competing in a PGA Tour event for the first time in five months, Woods has looked both good and bad with a second-round four-over 76 on Friday sandwiched between 71s.
DeChambeau has everyone talking, whether it's his super-sized physique, how hard he swings the driver, how far he is hitting the golf ball or his beliefs — which can sound like boasts — that he's changing the way the game is played.
When Woods steps onto the first tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday for his first competitive round in five months, the only sound is likely to be chirping birds, with the PGA Tour having banned spectators for all events this season.
By the time Tiger Woods tees up next Thursday at Muirfield Village, the PGA Tour in its re-birth will be five events old. Yet, the excitement that one simple tweet from the 15-time Major winner generated, was amazing.
Woods last competed on the PGA Tour in mid-February when he laboured through a final-round 77 at the Genesis Invitational where he finished last among players who made the cut.
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Tiger Woods and the fans will be missing when golf returns this week after a three-month hiatus due to the novel coronavirus but the Charles Schwab Challenge will otherwise get the full major treatment with a strong field on display.
Tiger Woods to not compete in Charles Schwab Challenge, name not in field for PGA Tour's return next week
The 15-times major champion did not commit to the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club by the 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) deadline, and thus will not be part of a stacked field headlined by the top five golfers in the world.
Tiger Woods said on Monday he has always respected US law enforcement but that their use of force on George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man who died while in police custody, clearly crossed a line.
According to Turner Sports, the charity match which raised more than $20 million for COVID-19 relief, was the most-watched golf telecast in the history of cable television.