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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"
John Daly, Michelle Wie and a host of other PGA Tour and LPGA players will compete in an online poker event, benefiting MGM Resort employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. https://t.co/zNO8O7PdgL pic.twitter.com/OeZaIS8mve— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) April 13, 2020
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.
Happy Easter to everyone! We’re blessed to have welcomed Enzo Akins Garcia on Friday, April 10, at 6:25 pm. Enzo and Angela are both doing great, and Azalea is very happy to be a big sister! Hope you all have enjoyed Easter (and Masters) Sunday. God bless from our family to yours pic.twitter.com/ipjLtv9SnL— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 13, 2020
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.
As the country deals with Covid-19, I was sad 2 learn that the rate of infection among people on the Navajo Nation is 7x the rate of those in my home state of NM! Please follow all safety protocols! Social Distancing Works! #ProtectOurCommunitiesStayAtHomehttps://t.co/Vd05xzIONy— Notah Begay III (@NotahBegay3) April 6, 2020
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.”