Rory McIlroy suggests he may not return to Europe to play amid fears of Covid-19

Rory McIlroy suggests he may not return to Europe to play amid fears of Covid-19

The Northern Irishwoman competes this week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational of Tennessee and will play at the PGA U.S. Championship next week and at the U.S. Open in September.

But when asked about the possibility of returning to Europe for golf tournaments, McIlroy doubted he said he could avoid traveling to reduce his exposure.
“I honestly don’t know if I see myself going back to Europe this year,” the world number 2 dit. “I do not know.

“I don’t know if I want to travel, I don’t know if I want to be exposed to more things and more people. So I don’t know, I have no idea and I’m taking it one week. Per week.

“I’m planning my schedule until the U.S. Open, which is obviously a couple of weeks after the Tour Championship, and I honestly have no idea what I’ll do after that.”

Lee Westwood and Eddie Pepperell, fellow professionals, decided not to travel to San Francisco for the PGA Championship next week, with Westwood saying not yet “feeling comfortable.” And McIlroy was in full support of his decisions.

“I understand his difficult situation,” McIlroy said. “I was just saying I don’t know if I would travel in the fall and go play at some of these other events in Europe, but if it was a major championship, it would probably be different and I would probably go over it and play it

“But that doesn’t mean that what Lee and Eddie do isn’t right, that they feel safer and feel that their time is better spent at home and not exposing themselves to more people and not having a chance to put- get sick or make someone sick.otherwise ill.

“So I fully understand where they come from, but if it was an open championship and I had a chance to get past myself to play, I would probably take a risk and go play.”

Playing without fans

Following the announcement that the August U.S. PGA Championship will be held without fans, the US Open remains the same.

In collaboration with the state of New York, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced In a press release Wednesday, the 120th championship, which is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, will take place without spectators.

“After months of consultation and stage planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to drive the championship safely for all involved,” he said. Mike Davis, director general of the USGA.

“We miss the enthusiasm of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them back to the US open futures.”

The tournament was originally scheduled for June 18-21, but was postponed to April.

“I am pleased to welcome USGA to the U.S. Open Championship at the Winged Foot Golf Club this September,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

“While the tournament will look different this year with no fans and improved safety protocols, this event is a welcome sight for sports fans across the country and will help restore a sense of normalcy as we rebuild. better than before “.

Forced to retire

As the LPGA Tour resumes competitive action with the Drive On Championship at Inverness Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio, a player, Gaby Lopez, has been forced to retire after a positive test from Covid- 19.

The 26-year-old announced that after the Covid-19 testing process on the tour, she had tested positive and is now beginning her 10-day isolation. Lopez is the first LPGA player to put a positive on the Covid-19.

She he said Fans on Twitter who “are feeling good and have only very mild symptoms.”
Lopez hits his shot in the 15th hole during the first round of the Gainbridge LPGA.
“I was very excited to play in the Tour again after this long break and, while I’m disappointed that I’ll have to wait a little longer, I’m glad I was able to try and make sure I didn’t. another person at risk “, López, who is from Mexico, dit in a statement.

“I’m isolating myself and will follow all CDC and LPGA guidelines to compete again on the Tour safely. I feel good and look forward to playing in the Tour again.”

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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