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PGA Tour Pros That Tested Positive for COVID19

Since it is inevitable, I am going to document the PGA Tour Pros that test positive for COVID19, the date they tested positive and the tournament(s) they will have to sit out. The first tournament after the shelter in place was the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Dallas, Texas on June 11th-14th, 2020. The PGA Tour plans to use 1 million COVID19 test kits to finish the season. In April 2020, Commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan said:

We need to have widespread, large-scale testing across our country. We’re going to need to be able to test players, caddies and other constituents before we return, but we need to do so in a way that’s not going to take away from the critical need that we’re currently facing, and we feel confident, based on the advice that we’re getting from medical experts, that we’ll be in that position.”

Back to golf.

Beginning at the Traveler’s Championship, PGA Tour Pros will wear WHOOP bands to detect Coronavirus.

Charles Schwab Challenge – June 11th-14th, 2020 

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

RBC Heritage – June 18th-21st, 2020 

  • Nick Watney (1) – Tested positive on Friday, June 19th, 2020

Travelers Championship – June 25th-28th, 2020

  • Cameron Champ (2) – Tested positive on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
  • Ken Comboy, Graeme McDowell’s caddie, Tested positive on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2020 = McDowell WD
  • Ricky Elliott, Brooks Keopka’s caddie, Tested positive on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2020 – Keopka WD
  • Denny McCarthy (3) – Tested positive on Friday, June 26th, 2020

Rocket Mortgage Classic – July 2nd-5th, 2020

  • Dylan Fritelli (4) – Tested positive on Sunday, June 28th, 2020
  • Harris English (5) – Tested positive on Monday, June 29th, 2020
  • Chad Campbell (6) – Tested positive on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Workday Charity Open – July 9th-12th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

the Memorial Tournament – July 16th-19th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

3M Open – July 23rd-26th, 2020

  • Grayson Murray (7) – Tested positive on Monday, July 20th, 2020

Barracuda Championship – July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

  • Brendon Grace (8) – Tested positive on Saturday, August 1st, 2020

WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational – July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

PGA Championship – August 6th-9th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Wyndham Championship – August 13th-16th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

The Northern Trust – August 20th-23rd, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

BMW Championship – August 27th-30th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

TOUR Championship – September 4th-7th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Safeway Open – September 10th-13th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

U.S. Open – September 17th-20th, 2020

  • Scottie Scheffler (9) – Tested positive on Sunday, September 13th, 2020
  • Sam Horsfield (10) – Tested positive on Monday, September 14th, 2020

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship – September 24th-27th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Sanderson Farms Championship – October 1st-4th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – October 8th-11th, 2020

  • Tony Finau (11) – Tested positive on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek – October 15th-18th, 2020

  • Dustin Johnson (12) – Tested positive on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Zozo Championship – October 22nd-25th, 2020

  • Adam Scott (13) – Tested positive on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Vivint Houston Open – November 5th-8th, 2020

  • Harry Higgs (14) – Tested positive on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Masters – November 12th-15th, 2020

  • Joaquin Neimann (15) – Tested positive on Friday, November 6th, 2020
  • Sergio Garcia (16) – Tested positive on Monday, November 9th, 2020

Dan Hicks, NBC Golf Commentator, Winged Foot Member and Handicap

If you have been watching the coverage of the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot on NBC you have likely heard the expert analysis by NBC Commentator Dan Hicks. Why is he so knowledgeable about the famous A.W. Tillinghast golf course? Well, he is a member of Winged Foot and carries a 7.8 handicap at the course. Prior to the U.S. Open Hicks posted an 82 and a couple of 85’s on his home course.

Another nugget of information is Dan Hicks is married to ESPN sports journalist Hannah Storm.

Matthew Wolff’s Left Foot and Backswing

Matthew Wolff’s golf swing is something to marvel at. While George Gankas gets a lot of credit for Wolff’s power, it is important to remember that young Matthew Wolff is an extremely talented player and does many things in his backswing that amateurs should never try. The thing most amateurs will notice is Matthew lifts up his left foot and goes back extremely outside and across the line. To learn more about generating power in your golf swing contact Patrick Kelley Golf.

So, why shouldn’t amateurs do this?

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Why Are PGA Tour Pros Touching Their Right Elbow Before Putting?

During the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoff golf fans have noticed Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Joaquin Neimann are touching their right elbow when setting up for a putt. Why are they doing this?

The biggest problem with Pro level putting is the right elbow “pulls” back which causes the hands and arms to take over through impact. This is also true with the full swing with amateur golfers. Read more about pulling with the right elbow on the full swing here.

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Joaquin Niemann Shoulder & Head Dip on Driver Swing

If you are watching the 2020 BMW Championship, you are seeing the extremely rotational and flexible swing of Joaquin Neimann. Joaquin is only 21 years old and has some of the strongest core muscles on the entire PGA Tour. While all PGA Tour players get their distance from their core, Joaquin Niemann takes it to a whole new level. Here is what it looks like:

Look at Joaquin right after impact:

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Scottie Scheffler Footwork on Driver Swing

If you’ve watched PGA Tour golf in August 2020 you have seen Scottie Scheffler jumping all over the place with his driver swing. He dropped a 59 on the scorecard at the second round of the Northern Trust and was in the final pairing in the last round of the PGA Championship. The thing most people notice are his very active feet with his driver swing. Here is what his footwork looks like on his driver or 3 wood swing:

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Do I Pull With My Right Elbow and/or Arm on the Backswing?

The golf backswing. This is something I have worked almost two years on perfecting and there are still bits and pieces that I need to clean up. The main hurdle I have is to not use my right arm and right elbow to get to the top of the swing. There are millions of amateur golfers that start the backswing by pulling with the right arm or right elbow. They think it is “starting a lawnmower”. In fact, I have been on tee boxes in which someone will emulate the pulling of the pull cord on a lawn mower to get more power in the golf swing. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is not how you generate power in the golf swing.

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Golf Courses and Country Clubs that Received PPP Loans in NC

Below are the golf courses and country clubs that received PPP loan money in North Carolina:

Grandfather Golf and Country Club – $1-2 Million – 240 jobs retained

Mountain Top Golf & Lake Club – $1-2 Million – 135 jobs retained

Bald Head Island Club – $1-2 Million – 97 jobs retained

North Ridge Country Club – $1-2 Million – 180 jobs retained

The Peninsula Club – $1-2 Million – 160 jobs retained

The Country Club of North Carolina – $1-2 Million – 209 jobs retained

Trillium Links & Village – $350,000 – 1 million – 54 jobs retained

Champion Hills Club – $350,000 – 1 Million – 20 jobs retained

Timberlake Golf Club – $150,000-300,000 – 58 jobs retained

Ballantyne Country Club – $350,000 – 1 Million

Country Club of Greenville – $350,000 – 1 Million – 22 jobs retained

Lake Toxaway Country Club – $350,000 – 1 Million – 28 jobs retained

Northstone Country Club – $350,000 – 1 Million – 108 jobs retained

River Run Golf & Country Club – $350,000 – 1 Million – 97 jobs retained

Governors Club – $350,000 – 1 Million –

Ocean Ridge Plantation Golf – $350,000 – 1 Million

The Club at Balsam Mountain – $150,000-$350,000 – 40 jobs retained

Old Edwards Club – $150,000-$350,000 – 59 jobs retained

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort – $150,000-350,000 – 45 jobs retained

Bryan Park Golf – $150,000-350,000 – 55 jobs retained

Crow Creek Golf Group – $150,000-350,000 – 50 jobs retained

Innsbrook Golf & Marina – $150,000-350,000 – 31 jobs retained

Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation – $150,000-350,000 – 39 jobs retained

Talamore Golf and Travel – $150,000-350,000 – 8 jobs retained

The Pearl Golf Course  – $150,000-350,000 – 31 jobs retained

Bentwinds Golf & Country Club – $150,000-300,000 – 48 jobs retained

Morehead City Country Club – $150,000-350,000 – 25 jobs retained

Pinewood Country Club – $150,000-350,000 – 44 jobs retained

Walnut Creek Country Club – $150,000-350,000 – 47 jobs retained

Wilson Country Club – $150,000-350,000 – 42 jobs retained


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