ATTENTION, READERS in the 28 EUROPEAN VAT COUNTRIES: Because of the new VAT law, you probably can't order books direct from my site now. But that's okay -- just go to my Smashwords author page.
You can order PDFs (as well as all the other ebook formats) from there.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The New UK Swing Starts

This week's Betfred British Masters is definitely worth mentioning because it kicks off the new "UK Swing" of the European Tour.

Betfred British Masters host Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood is hosting for the second time at this event, which is the first of six straight weeks of golf in the UK in the new age of COVID-19 concerns. Westwood has characterized the health measures the Tour is taking at the Close House course at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England as "military-style," and says he is happy with them and believes that most players are going to cooperate.

Personally, I can't stress enough how important this is. A very real part of the reason that we don't have this virus under some sort of control yet is because people still aren't taking this seriously. And the longer that people delay in taking the necessary precautions, the longer we're all going to be stuck dealing with this. Even when a vaccine becomes available, a certain amount of "procedure" will be required in order for it to be effective.

And for sports like golf, setting up a "bubble" like this -- where players can minimize their travel and exposure to potentially new sources of infection -- is one very important step in eradicating this virus.

Anyway, GC will be carrying this event starting at 6:30am ET Thursday for a two-hour window. That coverage will expand over the weekend. But as far as I can tell right now, we won't get coverage of all six events here in the USA (although SkySports plans to carry them all), probably because some will be alternate events to WGC and major events. So you'll want to catch this one while you can.

[UPDATE: One of these days I'll learn not to trust GC's listings. The tournament started this morning -- Wednesday -- with a 2.5 hour window, then picked up again after Morning Drive. Sorry for the wrong info!]

1 comment: