Linn Grant could be eligible to compete in subsequent week’s LPGA finale, however the 23-year-old Swede will probably be unable to tee it up on the CME Group Tour Championship due to U.S. journey restrictions associated to her COVID-19 vaccination standing.
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols was first to report that Grant, who at the moment ranks inside the highest 60 within the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe, at No. 51, shouldn’t be vaccinated and subsequently is prohibited from coming into the nation to compete for the $2 million first-place prize at Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples, Florida.
Grant commented on the matter by an announcement launched through her agent, saying the restrictions have been the “sole motive” why she wouldn’t be taking part in. She additionally requested for respect for her determination to not be vaccinated.
“Underneath regular circumstances, I might naturally like to partake within the CME,” Grant stated. “Like everyone else on the market it’s a clear objective to play the season-ending occasion, particularly this 12 months when CME is placing out the most important examine in ladies’s golf historical past. In isolation it’s after all implausible for us gamers, however extra importantly it’s a clear assertion that exhibits route of the true value of ladies’s golf. Nonetheless, with journey restrictions to enter the U.S. for unvaccinated nonetheless remaining, it’s nonetheless not an possibility for me to play LPGA occasions within the U.S. That is the only motive I’m not taking part in the CME.
“I perceive some folks wish to know why I’m not taking part in within the U.S. I respect that. The straightforward motive is that I’m not vaccinated. Concerning why, I ask the identical respect again. It’s one thing I wish to maintain internally with my household and group. What I can say is that at the moment there are solely two situations making it doable for me to play occasions in U.S. – both by a optimistic consequence on a medical aid course of or by U.S. easing up on the journey restrictions.”
Grant, who’s ranked No. 25 on the planet rankings, has teed it up simply six occasions on the LPGA this season, and every a type of occasions have been performed internationally – and in 5 totally different international locations (France, Scotland (twice), Eire, South Korea and Japan). She has 4 top-10s in these begins, together with a solo third eventually week’s Toto Japan Traditional.
She has finished most of her harm, nonetheless, on the Women European Tour, the place she’s gained 4 occasions, together with a nine-shot romp on the Scandinavian Blended, and leads the tour’s Order of Benefit.
“I’ll now give attention to ending off properly on the LET finale in Andalucia,” Grant added. “On the finish of the day, irrespective of how I have a look at it, and regardless of all joggling, I’ve had an amazing 12 months.”