Every smile in 2020 is precious and golf has provided a lot – GOLF Sports

Covering golf at all levels and all tours in 2020 was different from what our writers experienced. Until the end of the year, our staff and network partners look back on what stands out forever from the COVID season, a season in which every aspect of the game we love is affected by the global epidemic. Read the entire series here..

It wasn’t the year we wanted. It wasn’t the year we needed.

But in golf, 2020 was a year that rocked the world but didn’t break the game. Things were certainly different, and in a sense things may not be the same for some time. But the game went on, and it’s great to incorporate in the New Year.

The game continued in two of the most important parts: professional games and recreational games. Both were affected and suspended for a short period of time, but over the years both returned and prospered.

Professional matches have shown the world of other sports where you can play the event very safely by returning before other sports return, or in the case of baseball, before they start. Sure, the fans had to stay home, and that was a real loss this year. The tournament has been canceled or postponed, but many events have returned later this year.

Two majors, the men’s tour and the women’s tour, have been canceled this year. However, three other men’s majors and four women’s majors were played, including Rancho Mirage’s ANA Inspiration. It was a major-worthy finish, with Mirim Lee chipping three times in the final round, beating Brooke Henderson and Nelly Corda in the playoffs.

Dustin Johnson has solidified his position as the number one player in men’s golf with a runaway victory at the Masters in November. Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau won the PGA Championship and the US Open for the first time in major leagues, respectively, and DeChambeau discussed with us. At least for a short period of time, it’s a distance that will replace the discussion about masks and restaurants.

On the LPGA side, Kim Sei-young became a star, and this year’s player, Jin Young-ko, who is the best player in the world, won the money title with just four starts, and ANA inspiration was held in September. It was another version of the Desert LPGA Major, but it was a legitimate event without an audience.

The game is pandemic and prosperous

In terms of recreation, it turns out that what could have been a year of disaster was a banner year that surprised almost everyone. In the past, more than 50% of golf courses in the country were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as courses and golf organizations scrambled to find ways to open and keep the course safe.

Then something strange happened.

The number of golf rounds played in that country has begun to increase. Every month, that number far exceeded that of 2019. In some months, the increase in rounds played was double digits. In some areas of the county, it increased by more than 20% year-on-year. People who were told not to go home or to attractions like movies and theme parks seemed to discover or rediscover golf. The game was also determined to be safe for participants due to the introduction of a strong protocol. What the Golf Association couldn’t do for 10 years, that is, increasing the number of people on the course, was a pandemic.

As the year begins, it is natural to think about the sadness and hardships that the world is facing. But there was success. Maybe playing a golf tournament or playing on your favorite municipal course isn’t as expensive as getting the COVID-19 vaccine to the world. But every smile in 2020 is worth something, and golf has provided more than some of those smiles.

No, it wasn’t the year we wanted. And that was certainly not the year we needed. But in the end, 2020 was a good year for golf. It’s not a great year, but it’s a good one. And even if you want 2021 to be much better, we should be happy about it.

Larry Bohannan is a golf writer in Palm Springs (California) Desert Sun, part of the USA Today Network. He can be contacted at Follow him on Facebook or Twitter at @Larry_Bohannan.

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Every smile in 2020 is precious and golf has provided a lot Every smile in 2020 is precious and golf has provided a lot

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