Lee Westwood not playing on PGA Tour: "It's not worth it"

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				Lee Westwood and Adam Scott			EPA Getty

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Westwood is also facing further scheduling issues later this summer.

Global travelers coming into the US are subject to a 14-day quarantine, which means those wanting to play in the Colonial will likely have to arrive in the U.S.by Monday.

Under the current guidelines, players will have to quarantine for two weeks before being cleared to participate, which would mean that Westwood would need to arrive on Monday in order to even be eligible for the first event, ESPN reported. Upon returning to their home country, the players would be subject to another two-week quarantine.

"Right now, I won't be playing them", Westwood said in an interview with the Golf Channel. "To me, that's just not worth it, and it's just not worth taking the risk and everyone thinks those kind of precautions have to be in place, I don't think golf is a priority if it's that severe".

PGA Tour officials announced that golfers based outside the USA will face a 14-day quarantine period before they are able to compete on the Tour.

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When it does, however, Adam Scott doesn't plan to be there.

Another worldwide player who won't be playing in this year's Colonial is Australian Adam Scott.

Scott said he is looking at returning in late July at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which is the week prior to the rescheduled PGA Championship in San Francisco.

After play came to a screeching halt one round into The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass back in March, the PGA Tour is set to restart on June 11. After that, there would be daily screenings and thermal readings.

"They are being fairly thorough, but my initial reaction was I was surprised it wasn't tighter than it is", Scott told the Australian Associated Press, via Golf Digest. "What concerns me is dialogue that (the tour) is hopeful of returning one- or two-hour test (results)". If quarantine rules are still in place then, Westwood would have to miss that major championship.

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"The other [concern] is it seems an asymptomatic person could operate within a tournament".

"If they don't show the symptoms and I somehow detected it within the course and I am disqualified, I am now self-insulating [in that city] for two weeks". I'd be annoyed if that happened. I thought you would start pretty tight and loose those protocols to normal, if any.

His top-50 status would allow him into the next two US PGA Tour events. That's why it has frozen players' statuses for the 2020-21 season unless they earn a higher ranking during this shortened season.

Last week PGA Tour officials shared that current federal quarantine guidelines are "likely to continue" beyond the Tour's return to competition June 11-14 at Colonial, putting the onus on worldwide players to arrive back in the U.S.in enough time to complete a potential two-week quarantine prior to competing. The 43rd Ryder Cup remains scheduled for September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, and no decisions about spectators have been announced in a season that has seen golf shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

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