HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – A week and a half into the PGA Tour’s return to competition, players seemed to be settling into what some have called “our new normal,” complete with regular COVID-19 tests, social-distancing requirements and the relative confinement of life inside a manufactured “bubble.”
Simply playing golf can bring its own sense of normalcy but for players who are all creatures of habit, life in the post-quarantine world has required some adjustments.
Exactly what changes have resonated the most, depends on the player:
• The absence of fans has been the most-talked-about difference since the Tour returned from a 91-day hiatus, and those who found themselves in quiet contention last week certainly felt the difference.
“It was definitely interesting to be out there and not have the fans and the energy,” Rickie Fowler said. “You’re still playing against the best players in the world, but not having