Graeme McDowell: mid-June a & # 039; realistic restart date & # 039; for PGA Tour

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Additional captains & # 39; picks for Ryder Cup & # 39; are going to happen & # 39; – McDowell

Graeme McDowell in Northern Ireland says mid-June is a "realistic restart date" for the PGA Tour.

McDowell is aware of the dangers of a hasty return to "normal life", but the PGA Tour has announced that it plans to hold a regular event on June 15 instead of the delayed US Open.

The 2010 US Open winner, 40, said, "It's so hard to know.

" I think mid-June is a realistic restart date – with or without crowds, who knows? ?

It is possible that the PGA Tour and European Tour will start again with no fans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"You watch the news and hear many positive things, then you watch it again and hear a lot of negative things, "added McDowell."

"There is a danger that the curve slows down and everyone jumps back into normal life to get infected again and get a new curve, so it's impossible to say."

Based in Orlando, USA, McDowell admits that without the atmosphere, g would be "creepy" when you consider how many fans contribute to the high-level pressure and intensity of golf.

"It would be very strange," said four-time PGA Tour winner.

"I love the opportunity to play golf tournaments anyway, but the crowds bring so much atmosphere. They are an integral part of the golfing experience related to Sunday afternoon crowds.

"Paul Azinger said it there a few months ago when he kind of put his foot into it with the Tommy Fleetwood situation when he said the pressure comes down to two things: money and crowds.

"The audience brings the X factor and that extra pressure."

Graeme McDowell made his last of his four Ryder Cup appearances in Gleneagles in 2014

& # 39; Like playing the World Cup Final in an empty stadium & # 39;

While McDowell admits he would be willing to play this year's rescheduled Irish Open at Mount Juliet on an empty track, he believes a fanless Ryder Cup just wouldn't work.

McDowell, who competed in four consecutive Ryder Cups between 2008 and 2014, hopes captain Padraig Harrington's European team will boost his chances of winning the Saudi International in February, marking his nearly six years end of the drought on the European Tour.

"I don't think the Ryder Cup works without fans," he said.

"It would be like trying to have the World Cup Final or FA Cup Final in an empty stadium. I'm optimistic. I hope the Ryder Cup can take place. It's such a special event and does so much for the golf world.

"At a time when people could use an injection of fun and entertainment, a suitable golf tournament could be to be played. "

Excited to be back in Masters mix

McDowell says he was backed by confirmation that he secured a place in this year's Masters after squeezing into the Masters The world's top 50 before the rankings froze in March.

It will be the 10th time the former world number four appears in Augusta, but his first since 2016.

"I was in that gray area where I was the 51st in the world on my way to the Players Championship and worked to get myself into the top 50. "he added.

" I h some work to do, but of course the corona virus shut off the sports world. The world rankings kept going and with the way it shuffles, I turned 49 the following Monday.

"It's good to have it in the program. It was clearly disappointing to lose The Open Championship, but there are three more majors on the program and I'm excited to have almost all of them in it. sit. "

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