Agronomy comes into the world of sports as major golf tournaments get switched to different times of the year by the Covid-19 virus.
The Masters was not played in Georgia last weekend, but it has been switched to November 12-15. This will be the first time the event has ever been played in the fall and there are a few experts talking about how the course will hold up if there is a hot summer.
From what they tell us, and who is to argue, Augusta National is a winter club that normally closes at the end of May. It has Bermuda grass fairways and rough, but because of the hot Georgia summers, it is overseeded with rye grass every fall.
The fall weather usually is wetter than in the spring and that makes the course play longer, but it can also make the greens somewhat slower.
If this plan to play the Masters in November is followed next year with a reversal to the usual April date, it will be the first time that one of the four major championships is played back-to-back.
Apparently, the Royal and Ancient Club committee that runs the British Open decided that the Royal St. George GC in Kent is not going to be ready for play this year.
“We have explored every option for playing, but this year it is not possible,” said the CEO of the R & A, Martin Slumbers.
The British Open is canceled and will not be played until July of 2021. That pushes back the 150th anniversary of the Open to 2022, when it will be held at the home of golf, St. Andrews in Scotland.
The PGA Championship is normally the last of the majors to be played each year. This year it will be the first, if the Harding Park course in San Francisco can handle the heat.
It is tentatively scheduled for August 6-9, which would put it just one week before the start of the Ryder Cup.
The U.S. Open has been moved to September 17-20 and will be played at the famed Winged Foot golf course.
All of these changes should make for a very unpredictable year for pro golfers, but why not, it has been quite unpredictable in so many other ways.
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Not sure why Connecticut golf courses are still open while all of the other New England states have closed theirs, but it leads to an interesting question.
How does a golfer get a hole in one if the cup is raised out of the ground? Someone was reported as making an ace on a local course recently, and it seems rather questionable.
If the golfer stands on the tee of a Par 3, maybe 175 yards away, can he see his ball actually strike the plastic cup that is representing where the hole should be.
It is certainly not like the thrill of walking on a green, looking into the hole and seeing your ball nestled there for a one.
Instead, he walks on the green and sees his ball lying anywhere from two to 20 feet away from the flag.
I suppose that can be called a hole in one, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite the same.