The Charles Schwab Challenge gets underway on Thursday, marking the return of the PGA Tour which was halted 13 weeks ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. The action is now ready to resume with world No 1 Rory McIlroy leading out a high-quality field.
However, the Charles Schwab event at Colonial will be unlike any PGA Tour event seen previously.
To ensure the safety of players, caddies, staff and the community, strict protocols have been put into place.
As one might expect, many of the safety measures revolve around testing, disinfecting and social distancing.
PGA Tour Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations, Tyler Dennis, told reporters last month: “It’s really a layered approach that we’ve taken, and the heart of it is social distancing.”
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Upon arrival at an event, everyone will be observed for symptoms and have their temperature checked, while also filling out a medical questionnaire.
If players and caddies are cleared, they’ll head to the designated coronavirus testing area.
There they will receive a nasal swab and will be granted access to practice areas and the course but will not be permitted to use the dining room and locker room until their test results come back negative.
Players and caddies will receive their results via email and through an app.
Those that tested negative will receive a wristband or lanyard and will have access to previously restricted areas.