PGA Tour players traveling to the British Open next month will undergo stricter protocols and procedures than they had seen in months.
According to a “Reader Information Update” posted this week and obtained by Bob Harig of ESPN, the Open Championship at Royal St.George in Sandwich, England, will operate under “close government supervision”.
Players will not be allowed to share accommodations and will be required to undergo COVID-19 tests even if they have been vaccinated. They will also not be allowed to visit restaurants, pubs or grocery stores, which are allowed at PGA Tour events in the United States.
“All accredited players, caddies and members of the player support team, including family members, will be subject to strict‘ internal bubble ’restrictions for the duration of their time at the Championship and must not do not mingle with members of the public in restaurants, supermarkets or other public areas, “the update said.” No one outside the group of accommodation companions is allowed to visit others in self-catering accommodation / private. This would be seen as a violation of the COVID-19 protocols and could lead to withdrawal from the Championship. “
Players can also be expelled from the tournament if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
An anonymous player said recently Golf Week that he thought of not participating in the British Open because of the strict protocols.
“I’m going because it’s the British Open. But I definitely thought I wouldn’t go,” he said. “I can’t believe with the numerous examples of successful runs, safety tournaments and majors out there that can’t understand a situation better.”
While players and their team members are subject to strict protocols, the tournament is allowed. allow 32,000 fans per day, which is the largest number of spectators allowed at any golf event since the beginning of the pandemic.