Dallas sports fans are thirsty for action and if recent reports can be trusted, the PGA may let DFW lead the way by bringing the Charles Schwab Challenge Colonial back first.
Dallas sports fans rejoice! They are coming back! It seems professional sports are coming back to the Dallas Fort Worth area. According to reports, the PGA is going to resume action in June.
The Charles Schwab Challenge, originally scheduled for May 21-24, will be moved back to June 11-14. The tournament will not be business as usual but rather will be structured to handle the current climate brought on by COVID-19.
While no official statement has been made regarding live spectators, it’s assumed they will not be allowed in the early portions of the PGA season.
What this shows is that one of the most prestigious and tradition-rich sports in the world is willing to adapt for the pandemic. Theoretically, it should be able to lead the way for other professional leagues to make fundamental changes to their games in order to produce consumable competition.
Having the first live event televised from the Colonial in Fort Worth means good things for the Metroplex. Local advertisers, vendors, and citizens all stand to financially benefit from this. For a sports-starved world, the event is sure to bring viewers who wouldn’t otherwise be interested in a PGA event.
Personal note: I’m so thirsty for sports, I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s action from the popped corn competition on SNL. So yeah, it’s safe to say I’ll be making mojitos and watching the Colonial with the fam.
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What remains to be seen is how much support staff will be involved and what role caddies will play. It makes sense that the most socially distanced sport is the first one to make moves. There is no physical contact between players, nor is there a shared ball to be handled. Perhaps it will be a “gateway” sport that will lead other professional organizations down the path to competition. Just like all other aspects of life these days they will need to adapt to the ever changing circumstances of COVID-19. But it’s nice to see some return to normalcy as long as it remains socially responsible.
What sport will be next is anyone’s guess. It makes sense other non-team/ individual sports will lead they way back. Bowling and Tennis have the lowest number of obstacles to overcome, while MLB, NBA, and NFL have much to do before a plan can be put in place.
Right now, it appears sports are on their way back, and Dallas sports (Fort Worth) are leading the way with the Colonial.