Monahan: Need widespread testing before return

As the PGA Tour prepares for its targeted return in two months, commissioner Jay Monahan reiterated Friday that the top priority is creating a safe environment for everyone in the Tour’s ecosystem.

And that starts with testing.

“We need to have widespread, large-scale testing across our country,” Monahan said on NBC Sports Network’s “Lunch Talk Live” with Mike Tirico. “We’re going to need to be able to test players, caddies and other constituents before we return, but we need to do so in a way that’s not going to take away from the critical need that we’re currently facing, and we feel confident, based on the advice that we’re getting from medical experts, that we’ll be in that position.”

Monahan highlighted the roughly 60 players and caddies who are currently living outside the United States and thus would be subject to the international travel ban that is currently in place. As the Tour develops a plan to return, Monahan said, they’re looking at “every single movement” a player and caddie might make over the course of a tournament week and “thinking about what can we do to make that the safest environment possible.”