The Pin Sheet – March 16, 2020

Welcome to The Pin Sheet, a quick guide for your day in golf that pairs beautifully with our Clubhouse Newsletter.

Between this daily aggregation and the Newsletter, you’ll find everything you need to know that’s going on in the world of golf to be the most well-informed player in your foursome.

Without further ado, now on the tee…

Today’s Clubhouse Newsletter

Tour Pros Respond To Players Cancelation, Masters Postponement

It’s been a strange past 72 hours as the sports world as we know it has screeched to a halt. In the small little bubble of the golf world, the cancelation of the Players Championship after the first round (as well as at least the next four events on the schedule) and the postponement of The Masters led to some interesting insight from some of the game’s biggest players on Friday morning.

As players arrived at TPC Sawgrass to retrieve their belongings, many spoke with the media about what the cancelations and postponements meant to them. 

Players To Pay Out Half Of $15 Million Purse

The Players Championship’s unprecedented $15 million purse will be split in half and dispersed equally among the 144 competitors from last week’s canceled event, per Tour regulations, according to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

During his Friday morning press conference in which he announced further reasoning for the cancellation of the event, Monahan spoke about compensation for the players themselves.

“As it relates to this week, our regulations stipulate that if you complete one round of a championship, we pay 50% of the purse,” he said. “We almost completed one round of this championship, and we will pay 50% of the purse to our players equally distributed amongst our players.”

That meant that the 144 players who teed it up, split $7.5 million among them, which comes out to just over $52,000 apiece. 

Jack Offers Coronavirus PSA

At a time when leadership is needed most, one of golf’s de facto leaders is Jack Nicklaus. As part of a public service announcement video released by Florida Senator Rick Scott, Nicklaus warned his fellow Americans about the importance and repercussions their actions can have on those around them.

“The last week or so has been an incredibly confusing time,” Nicklaus, 80, said. “Many of you kids, you’re going to a lot of places that may bring that home to a senior citizen. I don’t think that’s what you want to do.”

“Let’s all make sure we wash our hands, let’s make sure we’re very smart about where we go and when we go, let’s try to stay away from public places, let’s just be smart. Americans have always been smart and Americans have always gotten through these things and we’ll get through this one.” 

Musical Satirist Takes On DeChambeau

Finally on this Monday morning, golf’s musical satirist Sam Harrop — he of Tony Finau and Anthony Kim fame — took on Bryson DeChambeau’s scientific approach to the game.

Enjoy, and stay safe.