14 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 22 July 2020 ** Sport European Tour playing safe as business resumes GOLF CORRESPONDENT Will the tour really enforce the regulations? Well, at the Austrian Open, the tour threatened to shut the caddies’ lounge because of what it considered lax social distancing. Be sure that everyone here knows the tour means business, because its business depends on it. “From what I’ve witnessed people are sticking to it by the letter,” Westwood said. “Everyone is wearing masks, staying away from each other as much as they can. “The testing procedures are very thorough. I was amazed at the system the tour has set up. It’s military style, almost. I’m not sure about others but I’m more than OK with the ‘buddy system’. I have Helen [Storey, his partner] as my caddie.” Another comparison with the US does not work in Europe’s favour. Westwood is the only top-50 player in the world in this £1.15 million field, with the rest either in or heading to the US for next week’s £8.25million World Golf Championship event in Memphis. Pelley and Co cannot compete with that. The next five events after this are basically tour-funded and have been introduced simply to give the pros somewhere to play. It will be an unusual experience, perhaps unsettling for some, but very welcome all the same. in Newcastle By James Corrigan The tour acknowledges it will be compared to its PGA counterpart, which, seven weeks into its “new” season, has had several players and caddies test positive. The latest is Grayson Murray, the 26-year-old, who has been obliged to withdraw from this week’s 3M Open in Minneapolis. Lee Westwood, the tournament host at his home course, feels it is an “inevitability that someone will test positive at some point over the next month or so”. The same as in the United States, players are being tested before they set off from home and on arrival at the venue, but what is different to the US is that so are all the support staff onside, as well as the media. While the fist-bumping has depressingly and ridiculously remained a feature in the States, the European Tour is adamant this will not be the case on its watch. “No shaking of hands or contact of any form is permitted (eg fist bumps, elbow bumps, high five etc),” the directions read. Only one stipulated caddie per group will be allowed to touch the pin and social distancing on the course must be observed. The player and caddie will be able to interact together as Lessons learnt from PGA counterpart for British Masters Host Westwood applauds ‘military style’ testing system Only two international sporting circuits are back up and running. Formula One is obviously one, “and I’m very proud that the European Tour is the other,” Keith Pelley, the chief executive, said yesterday. “It has been quite the journey to get to this point.” The tour ostensibly resumed with a two-week stretch in Austria, but those fields were co-sanctioned with the Challenge Tour. Today’s first round of the Betfred British Masters here at Close House heralds the “official” resumption after the four-month pandemic hiatus, as the first tournament in the hastily arranged six-strong “UK Swing”. It is a sterile scene nobody expected and one which is causing degrees of trepidation as the tour attempts to stage as secure an environment as possible. There will be no fans admitted on this rare Wednesday start and Covid-19 is plainly not invited either. they are considered a “team” in a “buddy system” on which Public Health England insisted to reduce the risk of significant “contact tracing” and the requirement for self-isolation for larger numbers of people should someone test positive. So, those “buddies” must dine together at lunch and indeed in the evening when nobody will be allowed to leave the designated tournament hotel. It is a far tighter bubble than on the PGA Tour and there is already some whingeing. Siskin facing ‘scary’ test in Sussex Stakes RACING CORRESPONDENT By Marcus Armytage hoping the big races might have left their mark on a few of them and that’s our edge.” Lyons said he would not blame the track if Siskin was beaten, adding: “We have to see who is best, and isn’t that what racing is about? He gets a mile and we’ll try and follow the right horse.” Colin Keane, his stable jockey, has decided to serve two weeks in quarantine on his return to Ireland, which may hamper his championship chances, to come over with Siskin. “It would be lovely if there was a bit of common sense and Colin could just have a test and not have to do two weeks. But it’s fantastic we’re racing in this crazy world.” Ger Lyons says Siskin, his visually impressive Irish 2,000 Guineas winner and favourite for the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood a week today, needs to improve to win what is shaping up into being the race of the season so far. “It’s scary,” the Meath trainer said of the contest in which his colt will face 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko, Ascot’s Summer Mile winner, Mohaather, last year’s St James’s Palace winner, Circus Maximus, and, possibly, Earthlight, from France. “Mohaather stands out, but I’d also be afraid of Circus Maximus and Kameko coming back to a mile,” he said. “The horse has done everything I’ve asked, but he’ll know about it next Wednesday. Physically, he’s improved, but I had him ready for the Irish 2,000 and he knew he’d had a race. “He’s working well, but he needs to improve to beat these guys. “On ratings he’s fourth or fifth. He’s rated 116. Is that good enough? Last year, Circus Maximus was 117 and was beaten by a 122 horse. I always think the English Guineas is the best form, but they [connections of Kameko] were brave and went a mile and a half [in the Derby]. I’m Database Premier League Darts FRIENDLY: Rangers v Motherwell (6). PDC WORLD MATCHPLAY rd: D Van den Bergh 2nd rd: M Smith G Anderson S Whitlock K Ratajski (Milton Keynes).-1st (Belgium) bt N Aspinall (England) bt M (Scotland) (Australia) Sport on TV Aston Villa Arsenal (1) 1 Trezeguet 27 (0) 0 (0) 0 DARTS: World Matchplay Darts, Coverage of the evening session on day five from Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes - Sky Sports Action, 7pm. Premier League, Manchester United v West Ham United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, 5pm; Liverpool v Chelsea Sky One, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, 8pm. Liverpool Trophy Presentation - Sky One, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, 10.30pm. 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