Lee Westwood says he will not play at the PGA U.S. Championship next month, although coronavirus quarantine rules are relaxed for players and caddies.
The lifting of the 14-day quarantine on arrival in the United States means Westwood could have stepped directly into and played the tournament “bubble”.
However, he said: “I still don’t feel comfortable and I don’t think it’s fair to jump on a plane for 12 hours.”
The major premiere of 2020 will be played in San Francisco without the presence of fans.
With the open championship canceled, the other three major players in the men’s game are all set to play in the United States.
Harding Park will host the US PGA, originally scheduled for May, August 6-9. The US Open is scheduled to be played in September, with the Masters taking place in November.
Westwood’s world ranking of 34 means it automatically qualifies to play in the majors.
But the 47-year-old Englishman, who has won 44 tournaments but has never won a major tournament, said: “I am even more concerned that America is not taking him as seriously as the rest of the world. world. one of the hot spots for epidemics.
“I can check that I don’t get the virus and take whatever action I can, but someone could pass it on. I don’t really want to get sick and have mild asthma.
“There are too many ifs. If you take them all into consideration, there is something wrong.”
The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is close to four million and there have been more than 145,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
Westwood hosted the British Masters at Close House this week, won by the Italian Renato Paratore, as the European Tour begins a series of six successive tournaments in a “British swing”.
He is a member of the course near Newcastle and while paying tribute to the European Tour for hosting the event he says he felt “out of my comfort zone” given the Covid protocols -19 in place.
“When we got there on Monday I was surprised how thorough everything was,” said Westwood, who shot a 79 plus an eight in the final round to finish eight par for the tournament.
“The testing protocol that we all went through was a success. I don’t think anyone has tested positive so hopefully they will continue next week.
“But in 28 years of touring, it’s a shock to the system, isn’t it?
“Every time I go out and play tournaments now, it’s almost about seeing my friends and the social element of it all, and you just don’t get that right now.
“I have never seen so many players on the stand at 8 o’clock in the evening trying to avoid their hotel rooms.
“It’s just not the life I’m used to. I’m going out on the golf course and I’m having a bit of a hard time motivating myself. There’s a lot more to consider.”