New cases of Covid on the PGA Tour and the European Golf Tour.
Will Gordon, Covid-19
Will Gordon and Brice Garnett will be forced to miss the Valspar Championship, a tournament of the top American men’s circuit scheduled from April 29 to May 2 in Palm Harbor, Florida. They will be replaced on the pitch by John Michael Spaun and Tim Wilkinson. Also on the European Tour the Dutch Will Besseling will not be able to play the Tenerife Open because he was positive after the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.
The Gran Canaria Lopesan Open golf course goes to Garrick Higgo who in Las Palmas (Spain) celebrates his second career title on the European Tour. The 21-year-old South African – for him also two titles on the Sunshine Tour – with a partial bogey free final (with five birdies and an eagle) closed in 63 (-7) out of a total of 255 (65 64 63 63, -25) shots, he repelled the assaults of Maximilian Kieffer, once again runner up with 258 (-22). Already last week the German, protagonist today of the best score of the day (62, -8), had closed the Austrian Open in second place.
Touch the Top 10 Guido Migliozzi. The Italian best player from Vicenza settled in 15th place with 265 (70 64 62 69, -15), without being able to repeat the performance offered in the “moving day” and paying dearly for an undertone first round. Nino Bertasio from Brescia did not go beyond 38 / a square (268, -12), with Francesco Laporta from Puglia only 62 / o (272, -8). Nice finish for the Dane Jeff Winther, 3 / o with 259 (-21), and for the English Sam Horsfield, 4 / o with 261 (-19). Fifth place for the Danish Thorbjorn Olesen (262, -18), in the lead halfway through the race, and the Scotsman Connor Syme. In the first of three consecutive events in the Canary Islands, the 21-year-old Higgo from Johannesburg is one of the best talents of the European Tour.
It’s called the “Player Impact Program” and is the PGA Tour’s answer to the Premier Golf League (PGL) which, from 2022, aims to propose a new green circuit between pharaonic prize pools and big ambitions. The top American men’s circuit has created a project aimed at premiere the stars that bring benefits to golf and to the organization including the involvement of fans and sponsors.
On the pot 40 million dollars distributed among 10 players, 8 of which will go to the champion who will have brought more results beyond the field. The chosen ones will be determined based on their “impact score”, a spokesperson for the PGA Tour tells Golfweek. With the US organization that has already distributed to players the metrics by which they will be ranked. “Their popularity in google searches” and through social networks will also be fundamental. The PGA Tour will use an algorithm to determine the final scores and to benefit, among others, could be champions, needless to say, like Tiger Woods. But also Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler, a phenomenon of popularity but in great crisis of results on the field.