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Dylan Frittelli feels 'totally safe' as PGA Tour returns in Texas

Dylan Frittelli
Dylan Frittelli
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  • South African golfer Dylan Frittelli admits that he is not worried at all as the PGA Tour resumes this week.
  • The Charles Schwab Challenge, which will be played without any spectators, is the scheduled to get underway from Thursday
  • Frittelli acknowledged that he will miss defending the John Deere Classic, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

South Africa's Dylan Frittelli says he feels "totally safe" as the PGA Tour returns this week for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

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The Charles Schwab Challenge will be the first PGA Tour tournament played since the season was suspended following The Players Championship, which was cancelled after the first round back in March.

The PGA Tour is the first sporting organisation to officially resume in the United States, despite the country having a world-leading 1.96 million confirmed Covid-19 cases.

This week's tournament will be played in accordance with strict health and safety guidelines and without spectators on-site.

Frittelli, who was on his way to a coronavirus testing facility in Texas on Monday, told Sport24 that he is not worried at all about the PGA Tour resuming this week.

"I feel totally safe. They've got so many rules in place, I'm not worried at all," said the world's 116th-ranked golfer.

"The only tough part will be if you are travelling commercially through airports, but they have a chartered flight for us from tournament to tournament.

"I'm happy we can set a good example and show that sport can still be played while this pandemic continues. The US is one of the first ones to get back up there and hopefully we can show other countries that it's possible."

Frittelli is one of the six South African due to tee off at Colonial Country Club on Thursday.

"I'm ready to go, I had the three months to prep. I don't know Colonial Country Club that well but that's the last piece of the puzzle that I have to find out. I know these conditions well, having been in Texas these last 10 years so I should be good in Fortworth," Frittelli said in a Zoom interview.

"The (PGA Tour) schedule is a little more condensed ... my goal for the 2020 season is to play as much as I can and hopefully make the Tour Championship. Ending off in the Top 30 is my major goal and I'll readjust after that to see what I'll play in the fall season."

Frittelli claimed his maiden PGA Tour title last year after winning the John Deere Classic by two strokes.

This year's John Deere Classic was set to be the first event staged with fans since the coronavirus pandemic, but has now been cancelled.

"I hold the trophy for two years so that's kind of cool but it'll suck not going back and seeing some friends that I got to know last year with the victory... I'm going to miss it but we got so much golf going on so I'm not too worried about that," said Frittelli.

Sport24 wishes Frittelli and the other five South Africans in the Charles Schwab Challenge field - Christiaan Bezuidenhout, David Frost, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Erik van Rooyen - the best of luck!

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