Houston – The PGA Tour does not have a 72-hole stroke play event this week, and includes several weekend college football games. Marquee matchup between Michigan and Ohio State, Canceled or postponed due to coronoviruses, deploying the world’s best female golfers to fill the TV viewing space.
This weekend, the LPGA United States Women’s Open, its most lucrative major tournament, Pushed back six months from its original date by the epidemicApproved some common obstacles that one can oversee women’s golf in America on stage. It is in the headlines, it is in many ways consistent with Aria Jutanugaran.
Jutanugaran, a former world number 1 from Thailand, generates tremendous clubhead speed and, when she comes on a roll, can produce birdies in bunches. But 25-year-old Jutanugaran tested positive for coronovirus before an LPGA event in Florida last month. In her final practice round this week, she did not look like the same player who was crowned Open Champion in 2018 or even the same who tied for sixth during an LPGA stop in Georgia in late October Was.
Playing her older sister Moria, 26, in a group of nine on the Sarussi Creek course, Jugnargan continued to lag behind others in what she described as the effects of the virus.
“Every time I play I walk very slowly because my heart rate is so high. But I still have to deal with it. “
A month after her diagnosis, she continues to struggle with fatigue and headaches. The barbecue for which Texas is famous, a staple in sportsmen’s food, is largely lost on him because he has not regained his sense of smell or taste.
“It’s tough because I know my body is not 100 percent yet,” Jutanugaran said. “I just have to deal with it and do my best, and make sure that I take good care of my body.”
They are playing in a Christmas-themed bubble.
Pointsetia centerpieces at the Nus 1 and 10 T snack tables do not fool players. They are fully aware that Christmas is not here yet.
Number 11 player Lizzie Thompson said, “In the last two weeks, this week or two, I was at home, I was fine. ‘” I’m not going to take a chance of a positive test in the two most important weeks of the year . “
Nevertheless, it is 2020. So despite the best built bubble, stuff happens. On Wednesday, the United States Golf Association announced Andrea Lee, Who tested negative for coronovirus before the volunteers of the America Classic outside Dallas and spent the last week in the LPGA bubble, tested positive for the virus upon reaching Houston and withdrew from the Open.
Jutanugaran breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after passing the pre-event coronavirus test. Despite being in a special group with two other former champions, Inby Park and So Yeon Ryu, Jutanugaran said he had little hope.
While returning to the competition after quarantine, she finished 62nd. Moriah, who tested positive at the same time as her sister, also made her competitive comeback at Volunteers of America Classic and finished 16th.
“Last week when I went 18 holes I freaked out because I was so tired,” Aria Jutanugaran said.
All is not necessarily lost. last month, Dustin Johnson wins the rescheduled Masters One month after testing positive for coronovirus in a pretour tournament trial. Like Jutanugaran, he parted for at least 10 days and returned for the final tuneup program.
Intending to watch Johnson’s final round, Masters Sunday, Jugnargan said, he turned on the TV. But he was having fever and his head was beating hard. “I slept for four hours, I woke up and it was over,” he said.
There will be two courses to get the whole area before dark.
The challenge for Jutanugaran and the rest of the Open competitors is mixed, as this year, for the first time, the tournament is being played on two courses to accommodate the full 156-woman field in winter daylight.
Cypress Creek, where three of the four rounds will be contested, is long, with massive greens. The second course, Jacobbit, where each contender will play one of the first two days, is a tight layout, with contouring around small green complexes. Both require the versatility of a Formula One driver to play well which can also be competitive in NASCAR.
Two-time major winner Stacey Lewis, who is a member of the Champions Club, knows both courses well. “I think in everyone’s head you say, ‘We are going to play Saroo thrice, my focus is on the path which is more than one.” “And then you have a bad day at Jacobbit and you’re not even playing the next two. I know people have asked me and I have said to them, ‘Pay attention to the Jacobit’.
There is a lot of money this weekend and on the next line.
The players are in full focus in the next two weeks. Both winners at the US Women’s Open in Florida and next week’s finals offer a check for at least $ 1 million. The US Open will pay $ 5.5 million and the purse for the Tour Championship will be the fifth highest in women’s sports this year at $ 3 million, a slope that only makes this stretch comparable between mid-August to September with two other big The companies – the Women’s British Open and Anne Prerna – fought.
“To be honest, it sounds weird because I’m playing around Christmas Day in December, so this is the first time,” said Jin Young Ko, World No. 1 of Women. “But the course is tough and then everyone looks nervous, so it’s fun.”
happiness? Daniel kang, Who has won twice since the July tour, is this week with her boyfriend, Maverick McNeely, who plays on the PGA Tour. McNealy is one of several male players, including lead winners Jason Day and Bryson DeChambe, who have pledged their support behind LPG this week, posting messages on social media with the hashtag #Womenworthwatching. DeChambeau’s regular caddy, Tim Tucker, is moonlighting on the bag for Lexie Thompson this week.
When asked about the best advice he has ever received from McNally, one-time major winner, Kang said, “Just relax. This is the US Open. Everyone is stressed out. “