Xander Schauffele admits he is itching to get back to action, regardless of what the PGA Tour looks like when it resumes.
The tour has announced that a revised schedule will begin on 11 June with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, although without any fans in attendance.
Meanwhile, three of the four majors have been pushed back to later in the year, while the Open Championship has been cancelled altogether.
Schauffele, a four-time PGA Tour winner who also boasts runner-up finishes at the Masters and US Open, doesn't really care what the schedule looks like as long as the players can return to action.
“We’re all just itching to get out and play,” he said in a live Q&A with his father Stefan on Sunday.
“I don’t think it really matters when the major is as long as we’re able to play it. Colonial is going to feel like a major, even without spectators. I’m assuming it’s going to be a very strong field since all of us just want to get out and play and practice and just get back to normal life.”
The tour is likely to look dramatically different once play resumes in June. Aside from the absence of fans, players probably won't be able to take the flagstick out of the hole while putting, and might not be able to rake bunkers in an effort to prevent caddies from touching the same surface.
With regard to playing in front of empty galleries, Schauffele said it’s a situation that will impact some players more than others.
“If you’re the likes of Tiger Woods, his birdie may be more special than someone else’s birdie on any given hole. So I can see how that would be a hurting factor,” he said.
“If you’re sort of a quiet guy like me who just goes about his own business, you know, I love playing golf, just not for the money or anything. I’ve been itching to get out there. It doesn’t really matter who’s around. I think with certain tournaments it might feel very different, but for the most part, I think the first few months we’re just going to be excited about playing.”
- TEAMtalk media