Rory McIlroy hints that he might not return to Europe to play amid Covid-19 fears

The Northern Irishman is competing in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee this week and will play at the US PGA Championship next week and the US Open in September.

But, when asked about the possibility of returning to Europe for golf tournaments, McIlroy cast doubt, saying he could avoid travel to reduce exposure.
“Honestly, I don’t know if I see myself going back to Europe this year,” said the world No.2. “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 kind of take the week by week.

“I’ve planned my schedule until the US Open, which is obviously a few weeks after the Tour Championship, and I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do after that.”

Lee Westwood and Eddie Pepperell have decided not to travel to San Francisco for the PGA Championship next week, with Westwood saying he still doesn’t feel comfortable. And McIlroy fully supported their decisions.

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

“But that doesn’t mean that what Lee and Eddie are doing isn’t right, that they feel more secure and that they feel their time is better spent at home and not exposing themselves to more. people and not have the chance to get sick or to have someone else.

“So I fully understand where they are coming from, but if it was an Open Championship and I had the chance to go and play, I would probably take the risk and go play.”

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McIlroy lines up a putt on the seventh green in the second round of the Memorial Tournament.

Play without fans

Following the news that the US PGA Championship in August will be going without fans, the US Open is doing the same.

In partnership with New York State, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced in a press release Wednesday that the 120th Championship, which is scheduled for September 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, will take place without spectators.

“After months of consultation and scenario planning with local and national health officials, we jointly decided that hosting the US Open without spectators would provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all players. parties involved, ”said Mike Davis, CEO of USGA.

“We will regret the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them back to future US Open.”

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

“I am pleased to host the USGA for the US Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in September,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

“And while the tournament will be different this year without fans and improved security 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.” .

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Forced to withdraw

As the LPGA Tour resumes competitive action with the Drive On Championship at Inverness Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio, one player, Gaby Lopez, was forced to retire after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 26-year-old announced that following the tour’s Covid-19 testing process, she had tested positive and was now beginning her 10-day isolation. Lopez is the first LPGA reader to test positive for Covid-19.

She Told fans on Twitter that she “feels fine and has only very mild symptoms.”
Lopez hits his tee shot at the 15th hole in the first round of the LPGA from Gainbridge.
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“I was very excited to come back to play on the Tour after this long break and although I am disappointed to have to wait a little longer, I am happy that I was able to get tested and to make sure I didn’t. . put anyone else at risk, ”Lopez, who is from Mexico, said in a statement.

“I am self-isolating and will follow all CDC and LPGA guidelines to return to competition on the Tour safely. I feel great and look forward to being able to return to play on the Tour.”

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.


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