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PGA Tour’s handling of positive coronavirus tests shows sports are going to be tricky

On Wednesday morning I woke up, looked at the hideous place called Twitter, and saw that PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was flying to Hartford, Connecticut to hold a press conference after two caddies and a player tested positive before Thursday’s start of the Travelers Championship.

That was it, I thought. Golf is going to be over again for who knows how long, which was going to stink because I really love watching golf. It had all the feelings of that week back in March where golf was scrapped after the first round of The Players’ Championship and the rest of the sports world pressed pause.

But then Monahan spoke and said the event will go on as planned and the Tour will tighten things up even more and proceed with even more caution.

That was a relief but it also made me think that the return of sports is going to be a hectic one, where things can take very quick turns and the fear of things being shut down again will hang along with us as we proceed.

In other words, I have no idea what’s going to happen in the next two, three or four months when a tom of big-time sports are supposed to be either playing huge games (NBA/NHL/MLB) or another (the NFL) is getting ready to start a new season in the fall.

The PGA Tour is doing it’s best to keep everyone safe – which is the most important thing – while keeping business going with events. It has conducted 2,757 tests, seven of which have been positive. That all seems pretty good for such a large group that has played in three states in three weeks.

Monahan’s words on what the Tour has been trying to do and will continue to try to do is something we’ll likely hear from other sports moving forward:

“It’s a low number, and it’s a low number on a percentage basis. But every number hurts. As we look at where we are now, I think we all need to remind ourselves that we’re learning to live with this virus, and we all need to learn to live with this virus — as individuals, as family members and certainly within our businesses.

“It’s pretty clear that this virus isn’t going anywhere.”

Yeah, if anything the virus is getting worse as numbers climb in many states and the amount of cases in the country hit a record high for a day on Wednesday. That’s not great at all.

We all want sports to return. We want to watch playoff games in the summer and see MLB play out its wild 60-game season. We then want football in the fall and things to feel normal again.

It’s going to be a very bumpy road, though, and the PGA Tour is showing us just that only three weeks into its return.

So yeah, buckle up. Things are going to remain unpredictable.

And where a mask. It’s not hard.

Wednesday’s biggest winner: Not the Texas Rangers’ new stadium.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Rangers will have a new $1.1 billion home stadium and man does it look ugly from the outside. The inside is really nice, but the roof and whatnot are hideous. Fans had fun ripping them for it.

Quick hits: Zeke on his coronavirus experience… Bears in Clinton-Dix’s driveway… Astros’ owner worried about money.

– Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott spoke Wednesday about his experience with the coronavirus, which he tested positive for recently. He said he’s feeling better but still hasn’t been able to workout.

– Zeke’s teammate, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, had a hilarious reaction to seeing two bears on his driveway.

– Astros owner Jim Crane is worried about money. Poor. Him.

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