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Fourballs to return

Three and fourball play will return to England from June 1. In a short statement, the governing body said: “England Golf is today pleased to confirm that threeball and fourball play can re-commence from Monday 1 June.

On Thursday evening (May 28), prime minister Boris Johnson – outlining easing to coronavirus lockdown restrictions – paved the way by saying groups of up to six would be able to meet outside from Monday (June 1).

Golf industry bodies, comprising of the PGA, BIGGA, GCMA, and other organisations, added: “The latest UK government adjustment of lockdown conditions now permits golf clubs in England to re-introduce the fourball format from Monday, June 1.

“As part of a phased return to play, up to four golfers from four separate households may now play together in one single group from the above date.

“For coaching in England, the impact of these changes remains unclear. The PGA are working in collaboration with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf to seek confirmation. Further guidance will be communicated once clarity can be provided.

“Please note it is essential that golfers continue to strictly observe social distancing and safety regulations relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“All other industry guidelines pertaining to the playing of the game remain unchanged from those issued ahead golf’s phase one return on May 13.

“While Covid-19 remains a live threat in our communities, we would ask everyone involved in the game to act responsibly, show respect and protect the wellbeing of golfers, staff and volunteers.”

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