The PGA Tour Just Gave Us All a Little Hope

 The PGA Tour Just Gave Us All a Little Hope

If you cannot sell winning or success to your fans, the next best thing you can sell them is hope. The PGA Tour is now dealing in the currency of hope, something we need in America as much as we have ever needed anything.

People are still getting sick, and people are still dying in hospitals while surrounded not by loved ones holding their hands but by heroic and masked strangers keeping a necessary distance. The families of the victims do not care about the resumption of sports, or the resumption of anything else, while they grieve over everything the coronavirus has stolen from them.

I lived with COVID-19 last month as my stricken wife fought to regain her health at home, and as my sister was locked in a life-and-death struggle inside a critical care unit before rallying toward a full recovery. I can assure you that the rescheduling of the Charles Schwab Challenge did not make my list of top 500 concerns at the time.

But when the PGA Tour announced Thursday morning that professional golf will return -- sans the fans -- at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 11-14, to be followed by a weekly run of tour events through Thanksgiving (with at least the first four to be staged without galleries), I felt something I hadn't felt for so long. It felt pretty good, too. It felt as if a devastated sports community was finally punching back at an invisible and ruthless enemy with a bulletin that hopefully touched people who don't even follow golf, people who couldn't name a single player outside of Tiger Woods.

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Director of Golf Leo Simonetta with a Springtime update on The Wigwam.