What Do We Know About The Plane Taking Players To PGA Tour Events?

The aircraft will help the PGA Tour and its players, caddies and officials stop the spread of Covid-19

Plane Taking Players To PGA Tour Events
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The aircraft will help the PGA Tour and its players, caddies and officials stop the spread of Covid-19

What Do We Know About The Plane Taking Players To PGA Tour Events?

The PGA Tour is the first major American sport and one of the first global sports to get back underway during the Covid-19 pandemic, and something key to its return is the charter jet.

The tour is chartering a plane to-and-from events for players and caddies to remain in the 'bubble' to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Attendance on the plane is "strongly encouraged" by the tour, although not everyone will be able to get a seat - it's unclear whether there will be more than one plane or if it will do two runs to accommodate more players.

The jet, which is a Boeing 737, will be at 64% capacity with space for 114 people as middle seats will not be in use to encourage social distancing.

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Something interesting is that players and their caddies will get priority on the aircraft decided on their world ranking, so if it's between Jon Rahm and the World No.200 for the final first class spot, Rahm will be getting it.

Top 20 players will be allowed to essentially pick their seats, whilst the lower-ranked players and their caddies will be assigned leftover seats.

However, a lower-ranked player can make their way up to first class...if they win!

That's right, a victory, on top of the lion's share of the $7m+ purse, also gets the winning player and caddie bumped up to first class.

Seats are $600 on the plane where masks or “appropriate facial coverings” must be worn.

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It goes without saying but only those who have tested negative for Covid-19 are allowed onboard.

The aircraft will not be serving alcohol, however it leaves at 10am on Monday after tournaments so perhaps that will only disappoint the winning player and caddie.

With just 114 seats up for grabs, many players will be making their own way to-and-from events via their own motorhomes, private jets and on services like NetJets and Wheels Up.

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Some may even get to events or at least stay on their own private yachts, after Riggs from Barstool Sports noticed that Tiger Woods' huge Privacy yacht is making its way up the coast from Florida towards the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV