Englishman skips next 2 events – the WGC in Memphis, where he is a former champion, and the PGA – because of his concern about COVID-19 in America
Skipped: This week’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational and next week’s PGA Championship, by England’s Lee Westwood, who cited his concern with coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. While hosting the European Tour’s Betfred British Masters at Close House Golf Club in England, Westwood said Saturday that he would not head to America for two of the restarted season’s biggest events on the PGA Tour. “I’m still more concerned that America doesn’t take it [COVID-19] as seriously as the rest of the world," he said. "It still seems to be one of the hot spots for outbreaks. I can control me not getting the virus and take all the measures I can, but somebody might pass it on. I don’t really want to get ill with it, and I’m slightly asthmatic. Right now, there are too many what-ifs.” Westwood, 47, won the 2010 St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., site of this week’s WGC event. He has not fared as well in the PGA Championship, which will be played Aug. 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, with only two top-10 results in 21 appearances. Westwood, who has won 25 titles on the European Tour, is No. 34 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He finished 70th, which was last among those who made the cut, at the British Masters.
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