Lee Westwood does not play US PGA Championship due to concerns over Covid-19

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Lee Westwood used hand disinfection midway through the British Masters in Close House

Lee Westwood says he will not be playing at next month's US PGA Championship, despite coronavirus quarantine regulations being relaxed for players and caddies.

The lifting of the 14-day quarantine on arrival in the United States means that Westwood could have entered and played directly into the bubble of the tournament.

However, he said: "I still don't feel comfortable and I don't feel it is right to jump on an airplane for 12 hours."

The first major of 2020 will be played in San Francisco with no fans present.

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Harding Park will host the American PGA from August 6-9, originally planned for May. The US Open will be contested in September, while the Masters will be held in November.

Westwood & # 39; s world rankings of 34 means he automatically qualifies to play in the majors.

But the 47-year-old Englishman said, "I'm still more concerned that America isn't taking it as seriously as the rest of the world. It still seems to be one of the hot spots for outbreaks.

"I can control that I don't get the virus and take all the measures I can, but someone can pass it on. I don't really want to get sick of it and I'm a bit asthmatic.

"There are too many what if. If you consider them all, something is wrong. "

The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is nearly four million and there have been more than 145,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

Westwood is hosting the British Masters at Close House this week as the European Tour kicks off a series of six consecutive tournaments in a & # 39; UK swing & # 39 ;.

member of the course near Newcastle and while paying tribute to the European Tour for hosting the event, he says he has felt "out of my comfort zone" considering the Covid-19 protocols.

"When we came Monday, I was amazed at how thorough everything was," said Westwood, who shot an eight-over 79 in the last round and finished eight above par for the tournament.

"The test protocol we all have walking through is a success. I don't think anyone tested positive so hopefully they will continue next week.

"But in 28 years of playing on Tour this is a shock to the system, isn't it

" When I come out now to play the tournaments it's almost about seeing my friends and the social element of it, and you don't understand that at the moment.

"I've never seen so many players on the field at 8am to avoid their hotel rooms.

& # 39; It's just not the life I'm used to. I hit the golf course and have a little trouble with motivation. There is much more to consider. "

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