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European Tour: Quiros wins in Qatar

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Big hitting and a high quality short game by Spain’s Alvaro Quiros took the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, leaving South African Loius Oosthuizen to come second for the second time in as many weeks. Four rounds in the 60’s saw Quiros take his third European Tour victory.

Round one saw the lead tied between Henrik Stenson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Andrew Coltart. The experience was a welcome one for Englishman Coltart who spent a few years in the wilderness after taking part in the Ryder Cup in 1999. Round two saw Oosthuizen take a three shot lead at 12 under from Coltart and Quiros but it was a 64 on Saturday that saw Quiros reel in the deficit and go on to stretch out his own 3 shot lead.

While the course at the Doha Golf Club is a respectable 7388 yards, the wide open fairways and minimal hazards would always mean that it would always favor the bigger hitters. The final pairing of Quiros and Oosthuizen was possibly the best example of this as both were booming the ball well over 300 yards with Quiros threatening the 350 yard marker on occasions.

Quiros and Oosthuizen exchange the lead with nerves getting the better of both players and they were joined for a time by Stenson but Quiros then took control,  coming home in 32. Quiros is one of the longest hitters on the European Tour and averaged 314.8 yards at this event  but achieving 84.7% of greens in regulation and only taking 28.5 putts per round made him impossible to catch.

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PGA Tour to provide financial assistance to players and caddies during Coronavirus pandemic

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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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GolfWRX AUA (Ask Us Anything): TaylorMade fitters are answering YOUR questions!

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With the downtime, #teamtaylormade are ready to talk golf!

Go to the link below to ask any TM specific questions you may have. TaylorMade fitters from across the US will be diving in the forums to answer questions, talk golf and get you dialed. Take this opportunity to go TM crazy.

Team TaylorMade fitters that will be participating:

  • Chris Clegg, Georgia
  • John Junkin, Pennsylvania
  • Lewis Schnauble, Maryland
  • John Tabor, Michigan
  • Freddy Villarta, California
  • Matt Zerishnek, Pennsylvania
  • James Albright, Arizona

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Report: 2020 U.S. Open to be rescheduled due to Coronavirus pandemic

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This year’s U.S. Open will not go ahead as planned in June and will be rescheduled for a later date, according to a report from the New York Post.

Per the report, the plan is for the tournament to be played “later in the summer”, with the location of the event remaining at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would be closing its doors indefinitely. The news came after New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order telling non-essential businesses to suspend trading immediately due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The New York area currently has 37,200 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Thursday 26 March.

Both The Masters and the PGA Championship have already been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic with plans in place to play both majors at a later date.

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