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The time is right to return to golf

Dave Seanor might want to tap the brakes, but the PGA Tour has mapped out the proper route back for the pro game, reader writes

Dave Seanor thinks the PGA Tour is moving too quickly in restarting, but he, like many, seems to be too worried about the actual effects of the coronavirus when it comes to younger populations, such as with PGA Tour players and caddies (“Smokescreen clears, so PGA Tour players rush back to work,” June 4).

The data are clear, and I don't have to be an expert to be able to say this: If you are not older, overweight and have some sort of underlying condition, the chances of dying from the coronavirus, or even having a complication, are extremely remote.

In addition to my work with the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation, I also work in Savannah, Ga., at a golf course, behind the counter and on the lesson tee. Here and at other area courses, people have been playing in droves for weeks, so we have real-world experience and not just theoretical conjecture when it comes to playing golf during the pandemic. Not one of our many members has come down with this virus, and to the best of my knowledge, neither has anyone else who has played our course as a direct or even indirect result of playing.

The PGA Tour undoubtedly has done its homework, consulting with some of the foremost experts in the medical field. I trust that Tour officials know what they are doing. It's time to play.

Mark Harman
Ridgeland, S.C.
(Harman is the national course director for the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation.)

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