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A pandemic, a plan and a return to golf with no interruption

Kevin Kisner tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is ready for golf to move ahead a year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sport.

He remembers a tough week one year ago that began with the tour announcing a multi-billion dollar media rights deal and ended with the tour shutting down for three months.

The tour got a big boost from a mobile testing site and cooperation from its players to put health and safety first.

Since the return in June, the PGA Tour has played 33 out of 36 weeks in 18 states and four countries without having to shut down.