PGA Tour officials are "optimistic" that overseas-based players will be able to return to the United States in time for competition to resume next month, but those doing so will face a 14-day quarantine period on entry to the country.
The Tour has issued a 37-page document to players and officials outlining the extra measures that will be in place when competition returns with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, scheduled to take place behind closed doors from June 11-14.
The plans outline a strict testing regime and measures that will be in place surrounding each tournament, as well as "strong recommendations" for travel and accommodation between.
But those on the Tour who are currently outside the US – a number including the likes of Australian Adam Scott and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood – will face additional hurdles before they can get that far.
"We are working with the Federal government to facilitate the return of players and caddies who are currently residing outside the US and we're optimistic that is going to occur.” – Andy Levinson
"We are working with the Federal government to facilitate the return of players and caddies who are currently residing outside the US and we're optimistic that is going to occur," PGA Tour senior vice president for tournament administration Andy Levinson said on a conference call.
"(A 14-day quarantine) is currently in place and it is likely to continue, and so it is imperative that those constituents that we have need to come back to the US at least two weeks prior to our return to competition."
Fleetwood had already suggested he would not immediately return to the United States as the quarantine restrictions would mean he would need to stay there until the end of the season in September to make it worthwhile, with the 29-year-old not wanting to leave his family for such a long period.
The PGA Tour has outlined plans to test every player and official at each event, approximately 400 tests per week, once competition resumes.
Individuals must fill out a questionnaire, give a thermal reading and undertake a nasal swab or saliva test.
Strict social distancing rules will also be in place, though while the Tour will "strongly recommend" certain hotels and methods of transport, it will not insist on them.
- Ian Parker, PAA