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So, you think every professional golf tour around the world has gone into coronavirus-enforced lockdown, do you?


As we reported last week, a handful of developmental circuits in the USA are continue to stage events… and a young Scots pro is in contention to win on one of them this week.

European Tour rookie Calum Hill is playing in the 54-hole Verrado Founders Championship on the Outlaw Tor a men’s circuit played primarily in Arizona. 

The 25-year-old from Kirkcaldy is off to a good start, too, having opened with a four-under 68 to sit just two shots off the early lead posted by KK Limbhasut.


Hill’s agent Iain Stoddart, of Bounce Sports Management, confirmed to that he had made the decision to head for Arizona shortly before the coronavirus lockdown began in the UK. 

“His girlfriend is based over there and, as we know there are some fantastic golf facilities out there, too, which are currently not under lockdown, so he made the decision that that’s where he wants to be,” Stoddart told us.

Hill finished second on the Challenge Tour Rankings last year to earn a first crack at the European Tour this year. 

He had played in five events, sitting 110th on the Race To Dubai, before the tour went into lockdown.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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