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Charley Hoffman said PGA Tour's plan doesn't 'have all the answers'

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.) — By Garry Smits The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)

May 20-- One of the players involved in plotting the PGA Tour's resumption said on Wednesday that even though the outline of the plans to return to competitive golf covered 37 pages, there may still be stumbling blocks.

"They're plans ... they're not set in stone and we're not acting like we have all the answers," said Charley Hoffman, the chairman of the 16-member Player Advisory Council, which advises Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and the Policy Board. "It's very comprehensive and detailed but I wouldn't say it's the end-all by any means."

That said, Hoffman said the Tour has prepared as well as it could for the restart June 11-14 at the Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Korn Ferry Challenge at the TPC Sawgrass Dye's Valley.

"The players are ready to go back and we have a great plan in place," Hoffman said during a Zoom video conference with the media.

The Tour will test around 400 players, caddies and staff each week for the coronavirus and conduct a rigid competition in which all parties must observe social distancing, submit to a daily temperature check and a questionnaire on their contacts and movements that might have resulted in exposure.

Players also will have to give up various amenities such as on-site dining, dry cleaning and in some cases courtesy cars, and cannot bring their families to the golf course.

The Tour is chartering planes and providing hotel accommodations to keep the players and caddies clustered as much as possible to avoid exposure.

Players who test positive for the virus must withdraw from the tournament and can't return unless they show no symptoms for at least 10 days or have two negative test results at least 24 hours apart.

Hoffman said a player's daily life on the PGA Tour will change dramatically for the foreseeable future.

"What we used to do and how easy, how fluid we had it is not going to be that way any more," he said. "We can't just jump in a courtesy car and be at the course in eight minutes. We'll just have to figure it out."

That said, Hoffman expects the competition to be good, despite the fact that the last time players were on a golf course in the heat of battle was 70 days ago during the first round of The Players Championship at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

"I think everyone will be mentally sharp, not worn down by a long season," he said. "I expect really good things from the golf and competition side. Once that gun goes off it will be fun to get the juices going."

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