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Private jets ease concerns ahead of imminent PGA return

But reports suggest players, caddies, tournament officials and tour employees will be asked to undergo coronavirus tests before travelling and will be subject to at least two tests on site at each event.

Former world No.1 Jason Day and five-time tour winner Marc Leishman admit they have hesitations but will lean on mutual sponsor NetJets for private planes to travel to and from tournaments.

More than 35 PGA Tour players endorse the private plane company including Day, Leishman and fellow Australian Cameron Smith.

“We’re very lucky to be able to fly private, so that’s at least one area I don’t have to worry about,” said Day from Ohio.

Adam Scott, currently in Australia, can use his own plane but may have to quarantine in the US for 14 days before playing his first tournament.

Day has used a private motorhome as accommodation for the majority of his career and says that will come in handy as he ambitiously attempts to play 11 tournaments in 13 weeks of the revised season.

However, Leishman will stay in hotels and says that is a concern given wife Audrey suffered a near fatal illness in 2015 when she suffered toxic shock syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Cautious: Marc Leishman.

Cautious: Marc Leishman.Credit:Getty Images

“I’m being very careful, particularly with Audrey’s history,” Leishman told AAP.

“Hotels are a concern but I think the PGA Tour will be taking extra precautions.

“I won’t be going to any crowded bars or restaurants, really. I’ll be going to the course and then having dinner in my room and that’s it.”

Paving the way for the tour’s return are several smaller events such as a 54-hole charity event in Texas two weeks ago.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play a made-for-television charity match on May 24 with NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, while world No.1 Rory McIlroy will headline a separate exhibition a week earlier.

Several PGA Tour players are also teeing up on a US mini-tour event this week in Arizona.


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