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‘Mike Probert talks Golf – Covid 19 Update

Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Golf Courses and Covid-19 – Update

Since the 11th May 2020 many local courses have re-opened to the golfing public but all operating under the umbrella of the covid-19 safety protocol instructions and of course travel for golf or any other reason is restricted to the province in which we live.

Also announced during the last week it is now a mandatory instruction to wear masks in public places and these included the reception areas of golf courses but not for conducting the sport itself.

Having played under the umbrella of the covid-19 safety protocol for a few weeks it is clear that by far the biggest single factor is buggies with single occupancy because most of the local resident golfers are retired and now find it difficult to walk 18 holes and this problem will only get worse as the temperatures rise during the summer months.

A number of the  courses have responded by reducing the prices for single occupancy buggies and are allowing a buggy to carry two sets of clubs so at least the walker is not pulling or pushing a trolley for 18 holes BUT the feedback from potential clients is that this in many cases still makes golf too expensive for them.

Until the air bridge is commences which allows tourist flights between European countries the courses will be heavily reliant on the local resident golfer and so the courses need to be further pro-active in this issue and may need to consider fitting screen partitions within the buggy space to allow the use of shared buggies.

Below is an update on the situation at local golf courses:

Alicante Province

Alenda, Bonalba, Campoamor, Don Cayo, El Plantio, Font del Llop, La Galiana, La Marquesa, Lo Romero, Puig Campana, Vistabella and Villamartin are open but Alicante, La Finca, Las Ramblas and Villaitana will remain closed.

Murcia Province

Altorreal, El Valle, Hacienda Del Alamo, La Serena, La Manga North, Lorca, Mar Menor, New Sierra Golf and Saurines are open but Alhama, La Manga South & West, La Torre and Hacienda Riquelme will remain closed.

Roda will re-open on 27/05/20.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us:

The deals shown in the table are some of the best POST COVID-19 PRICES currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €52 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €30)
Altorreal €55 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €25)
Bonalba €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €28)
Campoamor €49 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €29)
Don Cayo (Altea) €46 Green Fee + single buggy or pull trolley or elec. trolley
El Plantio €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €5)
El Valle €59 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Font Del Llop €59 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €10)
Hacienda Del Alamo €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
La Galiana €100 Golf, Buggy,3 Golf Balls,20 tees, water & practise balls
La Manga North €75 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €27)
La Marquesa €42 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
La Sella €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €35)
La Serena €47 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Las Colinas €77 Green Fee (9am to 2pm – single occupancy buggy €45)
Las Pinaillas €40 Green Fee (including single occupancy buggy)
Lorca €34 Green Fee (8.30am to 10.30am)
Lo Romero €50 Green Fee (shared buggy allowed €36)
Mar Menor €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
New Sierra Golf €36 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Puig Campana €49 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €26)
Roda €45 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Saurines €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
Villamartin €55 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €30)
Vistabella €53 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €10)

*Most courses may allow shared buggies for couples that have self-isolated in the same accommodation and as for more details for these.

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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How To Prepare Yourself To Train For Playing Golf

Many expert golfers didn’t acquire their skills in one night. In particular, pro golfers buy and use the right gear and practice frequently. That way, these players can be at the top of their game for each casual or official match. Here are the four tips to help you prepare for playing golf:

Buy a Golf Bag

Perhaps you may already have a set of golf clubs and you’re thinking about buying a golf bag to bring all your golf gear with you. 

It’s safe to say that any person who plays golf regularly knows the importance of the ideal golf bag. However, the market sells various shapes, sizes, and designs of golf bags. When shopping for an excellent golf bag, consider essential factors like:

  • The number of pockets to hold necessities, such as golf balls, tees, and towels.
  • A comfortable golf bag strap. 
  • The existence of golf bag legs to act as a stand when you’re not carrying it. 

You can go through the internet to help you choose the right golf bag for your specific needs. Sites like CherryWoodGolfClub.com has lists that can help you choose the best golf bag according to your preferences. 

Find a Golf Mentor

Both beginners and veteran golfers may need help in improving their game. A golf mentor or a coach is an expert that also acts as policy enforcers, role models, cheerleaders, and friends to other golfers. These golf experts also know how to improve your skills. Here are the traits to look for in a mentor or a coach :

  • Has a sincere desire to spend time and effort to enhance your skills in the sport.
  • Good active listening and communicating skills.
  • Has the ability to see issues while seizing opportunities to give solutions.
  • Knows how to respect other people.
  • Empathetic
  • Flexible

Your chosen golf coach can make a significant improvement in how you play golf, especially if you’re planning to join tournaments. Invest in hiring an established coach, and you should see yourself hitting the ball more frequently than usual instead of making it fly out of bounds. 

Stay Fit

Many people make the mistake of seeing golf as a casual, low-impact sport. Although some sports require significant muscle movements, golf doesn’t require participants to run, jump, or sprint. However, proper health and fitness still play vital roles in helping golfers prepare for each game. 

Stay fit by incorporating exercise to your daily routine to help you maintain proper golfing form. Some activities that you need to integrate to your regular workout routine include:

  • Stretching

Stretching helps improve flexibility for golfers. A flexible golfer has a reduced risk of getting injured when doing swings. If a golfer has limited flexibility, chances are their upper body is rid of and it will be difficult to swing the club. 

  • Core Exercises

Maintaining core stability and strength will improve a golfer’s swinging performance. Try to incorporate exercises like planking and bent knee presses to help improve core strength. 

  • Cardiovascular Exercises

Golf requires a lot of walking, especially if you don’t plan on buying or renting a golf cart. Walking across nine or 18-hole courses can take a toll on your body, particularly if you get winded from walking to the first hole. 

Include cardiovascular exercises like jogging, running, or High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to ensure you don’t get out of breath from walking long distances. 

Also, remember to warm up five to ten minutes before each golf game. Warming up will “awaken” the muscles and joints, thereby reducing injuries and improving your cardiovascular endurance as you golf. 

Practice Your Swing

You don’t need to go to a nearby golf course every day to practice your swings. All you need is a relatively ample space in your place to practice your golf swings. 

Start practicing by:

  • Optimizing Golf Techniques

Check your position in front of a mirror and then perform a stable swing five times in a row. If you can achieve swinging five times without an error, you can proceed to the next phase. 

  • Perfecting the Impact

Practice the experience of feeling the impact by draping a towel over your club and hitting some balls. Start in a set-up position, then make the backswing by pressing forward against the cloth. You should find that the more force you generate, the more your body needs to rotate. 

  • Master the Basics

Advanced techniques are nothing if you don’t master the basics. Ensure that your grip, posture, and alignment are good. Follow proper golfing posture, and you reduce the risk of falling into lousy swinging habits.

Remember to buy the right golf bag, hire a professional mentor, stay fit, and practice how you swing your club to prepare to play for golf matches. Let these tips help you become a better golfer, regardless of your current skill level. 

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A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME!

  • Quote: ‘Use of sanitiser, avoiding handshakes and players forbidden to touch opponent’s balls with hands’

By Andrew Atkinson

Golf and tennis are back – but not in full swing – as golf courses re-open amid the coronavirus lockdown since mid-March, in both Spain and the UK.

In Spain golfing is returning, within players’ relevant health areas stipulated by the Government, meaning if you are a member of a club, but not within that club’s health area, you are not allowed to play.

Lo Romero, Vistabella, Villamartin, La Marquesa, Font del Llop, Real Club de Golf Campoamor, Las Colinas and La Finca Golf are amongst courses reopening, under the relevant health and safety guidelines.

In the UK steps were put in place for tennis returning on May 13 – initialing your own balls before going on court, being one legislation.

The use of hand sanitiser, avoiding of handshakes and players forbidden to touch opponent’s balls with their hands is another legislation.

It is deemed to use your racket or foot, to flick the ball back to the other side of the net.

Rules changes made by the LTA, British tennis’s governing body.

The LTA has contacted almost 10,000 clubs, coaches and venues, updating advice on how to resume safely, amid COVID-19.

“We are pleased that the adjustment of lockdown restrictions mean that people can get back on court and enjoy playing tennis again,” said LTA chief executive, Scott Lloyd.

England Golf says it is very confident that the vast majority of their 1,800 courses would be open on May 13.

In Spain with the movement and travelling restrictions in place – Phase 1 – has lead to many golf courses remaining out of bounds.

Rojales resident David Winder, proprietor of Torregolf.eu told The Leader: “After careful consideration we at Torregolf.eu The Full Monte have decided that, due to the restraints on playing golf, where we can play and the COVID-19 situation, will regretfully not be playing, as a group this side of June, mid-June, or later.

“It has not been easy to make this decision but I/we consider the health issue for us all at this time is more important,  than having to deal with all these issues to play this wonderful game of golf.

“We will review the situation again at the end of May.”

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Mike Probert talks golf – Golf Courses and Covid-19

‘Mike Probert talks Golf – (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round-up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Golf Courses and Covid-19

Last week we reported that following discussions between the Spanish Golf Federation, Golf Directors Association and the Spanish Government that golf courses could re-open as from the 11th May 2020 subject to special restrictions under the umbrella of a security protocol and travel only allowed within the province that the players live.

During the last week a number of local courses have opened under the above safety protocols but there was an additional restriction because as some golf courses are in areas still in phase 0, players can only now travel and play golf courses in their own health authority and this has caused some confusion.

Vistabella in particular is right on the border of two health authorities and many players have been reluctant to travel there because of possible fines from the police but having spoken with the course management yesterday it appears that players from both the Orihuela and Torrevieja health authorities are allowed to travel there to play and the management team there will shortly issue and instruction to confirm this.

Below is an update on the situation at local golf courses:

Alicante Province

Don Cayo and Puig Campana are open.

Bonalba and El Plantio are ready to open when in phase 1 but Alicante will remain closed while they conduct extensive re-construction of the greens

Font Del Llop could open on the 18th May 2020.

Campoamor,La Marquesa,Las Colinas,Lo Romero,Vistabella and Villamartin are all open but La Finca and Las Ramblas will remain closed.

Murcia Province

El Valle,Hacienda Del Alamo,Mar Menor and Saurines are open but Alhama, La Torre and Hacienda Riquelme will remain closed.

Lorca will re-open from 19th May 2020 and La Serena from 20th May 2020.

Roda could open on the 18th May 2020.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us:

The deals shown in the table are some of the best POST COVID-19 PRICES currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €64 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
Altorreal €55 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
Bonalba €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €28)
Campoamor €65 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €29)
Don Cayo (Altea) €46 Green Fee + single buggy or pull trolley or elec. trolley
El Plantio €60 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
El Valle €59 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Font Del Llop €59 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
Hacienda Del Alamo €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
La Manga Courses €75 Green Fee (course temporarily closed
La Marquesa €42 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
La Sella €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €35)
La Serena €47 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Las Colinas €68 Green Fee (9am to 2pm – single occupancy buggy €30)
Lorca €34 Green Fee (8.30am to 10.30am)
Lo Romero €50 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €36)
Mar Menor €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
New Sierra Golf €36 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
Puig Campana €49 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy = €26)
Roda €60 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
Saurines €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
Villamartin €55 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €38)
Villaitana Poniente €67 Green Fee (course temporarily closed)
Vistabella €53 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €30)

*Most courses may allow shared buggies for couples that have self-isolated in the same accommodation and as for more details for these.

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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Golfers back on course on the Orihuela Costa

As reported on last Monday’s Leader, golf courses in the area are once again open to the public.

Orihuela City Council has reported that 4 of the 5 golf courses located on the Orihuela Costa have reopened their facilities within the framework of “Phase 1” of the process of de-escalation with the agreement reached between the Secretary of State for Tourism and the different Autonomous Communities.

All of the courses must have material protection resources recommended by the health authorities in order to prevent the spread of the virus (masks, gloves, protective glasses or face masks) and limit their services to those that they can offer within the rules allowed in phase One.

The Spanish Golf Federation, Golf Directors Association and other key members of the golf industry have been in contact with the Spanish Government and have been issued to clubs regarding necessary protocols.

The standard security protocol is as follows:

1)            Golfers can only travel to and play golf courses in the province in which they live.

2)            Respect the measures in place at the course.

3)            Make reservation through an agent or on-line.

4)            Payment to be made on-line.

5)            Buggies will be single occupancy (some courses may allow spouses to share a buggy if the couple co-habit and have isolated together).

6)            If you use your own trolley disinfect it before and after the game.

7)            Arrive at the course ready to play as changing rooms will be closed.

8)            Don’t congregate in groups at the course.

9)            No hugs, high fives, kisses and handshakes.

10)          Maintain social distancing during the game

11)          Play will be permitted in four balls.

12)          Go direct to the tee 5 minutes before your start time.

13)          Play ready golf and keep your place on the courses as groups can’t be called through.

14)          Don’t touch fountains, benches, toilets and ball cleaners around the course.

15)          No rakes will be available but use feet to leave the bunker in the best condition for those following.

16)          Don’t touch the flag which must remain in the hole and allow gimmies within a standard putter grip length.

17)          Holes will be fitted with a device to stop the ball falling to the bottom of the hole.

18)          Don’t clean your clubs at the course.

19)          It is highly recommended that you go straight from the golf course to your car and then home.

It is recommended that golfers print off the above list and refer to it regularly as they are playing their round.

The golf courses to reopen locally are: Real Club de Golf Campoamor, Villamartín, Las Colinas, Vistabella.

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf  (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Putting – Great Expectations

During the lock down resulting from the Corona Virus (Covid 19) many golfers have had a lot of time to think about their golf and their abilities.

Having studied amateur golfers of all standards for in excess of 45 years i can concluded that most try to play shots to a standard above their general level of ability.

This is no more evident than on the putting green where because they see tournament professionals holing MILES of putts they expect to constantly hole SIMPLE 10 footers.

Let me put some perspective on this if i can because over a 72 hole tournament (according to tour statistics) the average tour professional will only hole 4 putts of 10 feet or more and even the very best will only hole 8 such putts.

Based on this why should amateurs get discouraged at missing SIMPLE 10 foot putts because there is no such thing.

If amateurs were to concentrate more on the pace of their putts rather than the line or holing them they would reduce the number of three putts and this would save them more shots than holing the occasional tram liner

Corona Virus Update

The President of Spain has announced a 4 step plan to return Spain to a NEW normality by hopefully the end of June 2020 depending on the progress of the Covid-19 virus.

As yet no announcement has been made in respect of opening golf courses and we await any official information but many local golf courses are HOPING to open in mid to late May 2020 against as yet unknown guidelines and as soon as anything is announced we will keep you informed.

Until the next time stay safe and healthy.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us:

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €158 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €146 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €136 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €120 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €146 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €138 Two Players and Buggy
GNK Golf Courses €150 Two Players and Buggy (El Valle,Riquelme & La Torre)
La Finca €190 Two Players and Buggy
La Manga West €75 Single Green Fee
La Marquesa €60 Single Green Fee
La Serena €52 Single Green Fee
Las Colinas €108 Single Green Fee
Las Ramblas €135 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €174 Two Players and Buggy (non-prime times)
New Sierra Golf €82 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €150 Two Players and Buggy
UGolf Courses €153 Two Players and Buggy (Mar Menor & Hac.Del Alamo)
Villamartin €158 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €67 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €130 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP

I DECIDED NOT TO SHOW a picture of a glorious golf course this time, you’re depressed enough.  Instead this is Augusta National before Bobby Jones and Dr. Alister McKenzie got to work on it.   A talent for design combined with unlimited dollars can work wonders.

Founded in 1932 on the 365-acre site of a former nursery called Fruitland.  Augusta National Golf Club  has hosted the Masters Tournament since 1934.  This April the 300 members had it’s perfect greens and fairways all to themselves, until last week when the course was pronounced closed until further notice.

It always closes from May to October anyway so the members can’t complain.  The chap who can complain will be the owner of the TBones restaurant in Augusta village.  He’s had to cancel his usual Masters Week order for 6,000 pounds of steak!

THE CHARITIES WHO BENEFIT from the The PGA Tour will lose out this year A record $204.3 million was raised in 2019 to bring the all-time total to $3.05 billion.  The Players Championship alone generated $9.25 million in 2019, most of which benefited local children’s charities.

Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies on more than 100,000 volunteers annually, and most of  it’s tournaments are structured as non-profit organizations donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charity.  Beneficiaries include hospitals and shelters; youth programmes; and groups that support the military and their families.

Re-scheduled events:The US Open, previously scheduled for 18-21 June at Winged Foot in New York, now 14-20 September.

The Open, due to be played at Royal St George’s from 16-19 July, will now be played in 2021 on the same course,  with the 150th Open to be played at St Andrews in 2022.

The  PGA Championship, scheduled for 14-17 May at Harding Park will now be played 6-9 August.

The Ryder Cup potentially still scheduled for 25-27 September at Whistling Straights, Wisconsin, though not sure how the players are going to qualify.

Augusta National has posted 9-15 November as the revised date for the 2020 Masters Tournament.  However the Augusta National Women’s Amateur has been cancelled.  I should sue for discrimination, girls.

The PGA Tour has outlined plans to financially assist players and caddies, including an advanced-payment based on projected FedExCup earnings.  What a relief for Woods, Mickelson et al.  However, Keith Pelley, European Tour CEO,  told his players that the European Tour is “simply not in a position to do that.”

Pelley also warned that because of the impact of Coronavirus  “The 2021 European Tour schedule  and infrastructure of tournaments could look radically different.  Many of the things you have become accustomed to, such as top-class players’ lounges or courtesy car services will probably assume a different appearance, if indeed they are present at all.”

Possible schedule:  Open played on Municipal Course, Southampton,  Scottish Open played on Bellahouston Pitch and Putt course, Glasgow.  Buses laid on for players from the nearest Travelodge.  Presentation dinner held at McDonalds.  Prizes: Amazon vouchers.

One thing is certain, trying to cram all the rescheduled events into this year and 2021 is going to give both tour organisers a prodigious headache.  Not to mention the Olympics.  I said not to mention the Olympics.

THE 2020 BBC SPORTS AWARDS may not be held this year.  Just as well, they don’t often reflect the actual achievements of Britain’s top sportsmen and women.  If they did Rory McIlroy would have won in 2014 after winning the US Open and PGA Tournament as well as being on the victorious Ryder Cup Team.  He was awarded an MBE, which must have thrilled him.  Still, better than poor Henrik Stenson; in Sweden’s 2017 top sports awards Henrik was voted 2nd to a  horse!

Here’s to Happy Golfing in the not-too-distant future.  Look out for end-of-lockdown special offers.

Contact Mick for re-gripping and repairs.  638 859 475.

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QUALIFYING FOR OLYMPIC GOLF IS EXTENDED TO ACCOUNT FOR 1-YEAR DELAY OF TOKYO2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

The International Golf Federation and International Olympic Committee have announced an adjustment to the qualifying system for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games to accommodate the new dates of competition in 2021.

In light of the one-year delay, athletes now will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through a period ending on 21 June 2021 for the men and 28 June 2021 for the women. The field for both men and women will consist of 60 players.

The OGR is based on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for men and the Women’s World Golf Rankings (WWGR). On March 20, the Governing Boards of the OWGR and WWGR determined the rankings would be suspended due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. An announcement about the resumption of each respective ranking will be made in due course.

The IGF’s announcement of the revision followed the IOC’s decision to postpone the Olympic Games and its subsequent release of the revised principles for Olympic qualification on 2 April 2020 that included the relaxation of the maximum two-year period and amendments to the qualification deadlines.

The IGF revised the dates within the current qualification system to reflect these new dates and submitted the revised version to the IOC Qualification taskforce for approval.

“Having received from the IOC confirmation of the dates for when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held and the qualification principles, the fairest and most equitable way to determine the qualifying athletes was to align the previous qualification system with these new dates,” said Antony Scanlon, IGF Executive Director. “We are pleased that the IOC swiftly approved these changes to provide clarity on this important area.

The IGF will continue to work closely with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 to address the other areas that the postponement of the Games affects our sport and our athletes, to develop the necessary plans to resolve these. We remain fully committed to providing safe and fair golf competitions and a memorable experience for our athletes when these Olympic Games are held in 2021.”

The OGR is calculated as follows: Each tournament earns a strength-of-field rating which determines how many ranking points will be awarded to top finishers.  Points are awarded to players based on their finish positions in each event, with performances in stronger-field events earning more points in accordance with a points distribution table approved by the IGF.

With the revision, ranking points for each player accumulate over a multi-year rolling period with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period weighted at 100 percent of their original value. After the initial 13-week period, points are devalued by 1.1 percent for each of the next 91 weeks (during which the ranking was not suspended) before they drop entirely off the player’s record.

Each player is then ranked according to his/her average number of points, which is determined by dividing the total number of ranking points she/he has earned by the number of tournaments in which she/he has played during that period. There is a minimum divisor of 35 events for the Women’s OGR while for the Men’s OGR, there is a minimum divisor of 40 events and a maximum divisor of 52 events.

In the event of ties at any of the 60 starting positions, the ties will be broken by the following criteria, in order:

  • Total Official World Golf Ranking points earned in the most recent 52-week period, ending with the Olympic Golf Ranking as of Monday 21 June 2021 for the men and Monday 28 June 2021 for the women.
  • Total Official World Golf Ranking points earned in the most recent 13-week period, ending with the Olympic Golf Ranking as of Monday 21 June 2021 for the men and Monday 28 June 2021 for the women.

The top-15 players at the end of the qualifying period will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.

The host country will be guaranteed a spot, as will each of the five continental regions.

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PGA Tour confirm June return for tournament golf

By Andrew Atkinson Chief sports editor

The PGA Tour has announced plans for tournament golf to return in June – with the first four events of the season’s resumption – behind closed doors.

The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Texas has been confirmed as the first tournament, scheduled during June 11-14.

The Memorial, scheduled for mid-June, has now been switched to July 16-19, which was originally occupied by The 149th Open, prior to it being cancelled for by the R&A.

The WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational will now go ahead, four weeks later than scheduled, in the final week of July.

Followed by TPC Harding Park in San Francisco staging the first Major of the year, the PGA Championship.

The 2020-21 season will begin after the Tour Championship concludes in September.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “The health and safety of all associated with the PGA Tour and our global community continues to be our number one priority.

“Our hope is to play a role, responsibly, in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love.

“It is another positive step for our fans and players as we look toward the future, but as we’ve stressed on several occasions, we will resume competition, only when – working closely with our tournaments, partners and communities – it is considered safe to do so, under the guidance of the leading public health authorities.”

The RBC Heritage, postponed from April, has been re-scheduled for mid-June, the week that should have been for the US Open.

The RBC Canadian Open and The Barbasol Championship – scheduled for June and July – have been cancelled.

The Tour also confirmed that the fields for the Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage and the Memorial Tournament have been increased to 144 players, to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Tour members.

The four tournaments on the modified schedule would not be open to spectators.

The Tour plans to resume play, with the first four events closed to the general public.

It will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of local and state authorities, in order to determine the most appropriate on-site access in each market.

The Tour will continue to review available COVID-19-related protocols, that could be implemented at PGA Tour events, to ensure the health and well-being for all involved.

Safeway Open organisers confirmed that their tournament 2020-21 season will commence on September 10, three days after the Tour Championship is set to conclude a 36-event 2019-20 campaign in Atlanta.

PGA Tour chief tournaments and competitions officer, Andy Pazder, said: “This portion of our 2020-21 schedule is possible, only because of the many partners who have worked tirelessly to grow their events and impact the lives of those in need in their respective communities, and our players, who have embraced the expanded fall schedule in recent years.

“We’d like to express our appreciation to the leadership of the Safeway Open, Houston Open and Mayakoba Golf Classic – which will conclude our calendar year schedule in Riviera Maya, Mexico – for their flexibility, which allowed for the US Open and Masters Tournament to be played in the fall.

“The accommodations will help the global golf community maximise the 2020 calendar, which will be incredibly impactful for our fans and put us in a strong position heading into 2021.”

Both the horseracing and football authorities in Britain are amongst sports events awaiting approval from the government, as to whether fixtures can return – behind closed doors – in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Rory McIlroy hopes the ‘new dynamics’ of the Masters could led to a career Grand Slam

There is no doubt that the US Masters, which should have been played over the Easter weekend but which is now rescheduled for 9-15 November, will have a very different feel to it on a long course that is going to play much longer, in the much cooler Augusta temperatures and on far slower greens because of the additional moisture.

According to RORY McILROY, the Northern Irishman believes that it could also aid his bid to complete the career Grand Slam. He needs just the US Masters to complete his set of Major Championships and he is hoping that he can gain the Green Jacket with victory at Augusta in September.

McIlroy did not add to his Major count in 2019. However, he ended his season by sealing the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour following success in the Tour Championship at East Lake.

The Northern Irishman has shown some good form around Augusta so it is a course he is very comfortable with.

It is the only major that he is yet to win and as a result of the rescheduled date he thinks that the new dynamics could possibly inspire a maiden Augusta victory.

Of course it is not only the Masters that has been affected by the coronavirus lockdown. On March 12, the tour’s main event, The Players Championship, was cancelled mid tournament. A number of other upcoming tournaments also bit the dust as the global pandemic had serious implications in golf, seriously affecting the calendars on both the European Tour and PGA Tour.

Eleven European Tour events were called off in addition to the Open being cancelled, while the other three majors have all been rescheduled for the second half of the year.

Social media can be a wonderful thing as the likes of Rory McIlroy are now able to get much closer to their supporters and to the golfing public. Such outlets can also enable many more live interviews and interactions and as the celebs are able to deal with approaches at times of their own choosing we can also get much more candid interviews and quotes.

Speaking to Michelle Wie on an Instagram with Nike Golf, McIlroy was able to share just why he feels the Masters is so special, saying: ‘The Masters means so much. Obviously it’s the last major for me to win but, putting that aside, it is such a unique place, so many great memories already. Any time you get to play at Augusta is a lot of fun.

‘November is going to be different, very cold, the course could play very long. It plays long already but it can play very long. The greens may not be as fast depending on the moisture.

‘I think it will be a different feel, it’s at the back end of the year. Two of the majors have already been played, hopefully the Ryder Cup’s already been played. People will be in their routine and in the flow a little bit more.

‘I always feel there’s this bit of anticipation going into Augusta, the first big event of the year. There’s all this hype.

‘I don’t think it will feel like that this year, it will feel different but it’s something I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be a different Masters this year but personally, maybe selfishly, that’s what I need to get the jacket.’

Michelle Wie, who at the age of 10, became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship, also asked McIlroy about the Ryder Cup, which will be held at Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin, 22-27 Sept.

‘You’re not just playing for yourself, you’re playing for your team-mates, you’re playing for your country, you’re playing for a lot of different people,’ McIlroy said.

‘The Ryder Cup is the biggest and most intense atmosphere you can play under. If you can handle it, you can handle being in contention at the majors.’

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