The Morning Punch out - April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

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Phil Left Tiger A Cool Note After His 2019 Masters Win

Among the small joys that came from watching replays of past Masters final rounds over the past week during the coronavirus shutdown were the social media posts shared by Augusta National Golf Club.

One of the highlights came on Sunday evening after the re-air of Tiger Woods' 2019 triumph. The official Masters account tweeted out "an unprecedented peek inside the Champions Locker Room during the intimate moments immediately following Tiger's Masters victory," which showed Woods' getting adjustments to his jacket and a note hanging in his locker from Phil Mickelson.

"Tiger, So impressive!" it read. "What a great tournament you played! So very happy for you! Phil"

Daly, Wie Headline Online Poker Tournament For COVID Relief

Golf and poker fans who are starved for some live action will have the opportunity to watch some of the best golfers in the world try their hand at poker during the "Chipping All In" event on Thursday, April 16.

Headlined by John Daly and Michelle Wie, other top players from the men's and women's game, including Jimmy Walker, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Danielle Kang, Anna Nordqvist, Lydia Ko, Pat Perez, Max Homa, Kevin Na, Aaron Wise and Collin Morikawa, the tournament will benefit the MGM Resorts Foundation's Employee Emergency Grant Fund, which provides short-term relief to employees and their immediate families who have been recently laid off or furloughed because of coronavirus.

The event will be livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube with mic'd up players answering questions.

Sergio Welcomes Second Child, Son Enzo

Were the Masters going on as scheduled, 2017 champion Sergio Garcia would have had a decision to make: compete in the only major championship he has ever won or be at the bedside for the birth of his son.

In a silver lining, Garcia didn't have to make that decision as he and his wife, Angela, welcomed Enzo Akins Garcia on April 10.

Begay III Describes COVID Impact On Navajo Nation

While many golf fans are itching for a return to normalcy, Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III is dealing with the coronavirus hitting very close to home as the virus has spread at a level seven-times worse than the general population in New Mexico.

Joining a conference call for Golf Channel last week to talk about the revised schedule, Begay spoke about the issues facing the Navajo Nation, of which he is a part.

"It’s a scary thing for me,” Begay said, according to Golf.com. "It’s scary. It’s been a scary process. I’m going to lose some family members, I’m quite certain of it, and I just don’t know who it’s going to be."

"There are people out there that have zero internet access. They don’t have mobile phone reception, that a lot of times aren’t — don’t know what’s going on, and so it’s just a matter of using the network and trying to connect, and you know, hopeful that we’ll be able to get through all this and hopeful that we’ll be able to get back into a regular golf schedule at some point.”


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