Due to her vaccination status, Linn Grant, a European star, was unable to travel to the U.S. in order to compete for CME’s $2 million record prize.

By Fly Pin High |
November 11, 2022

Linn Grant only competed in six LPGA events this year, but performed well enough to be 51st on Race to the CME Globe. This means that Linn Grant, a young Swedish star, is within the top 60 to qualify for next week’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. It offers a record-breaking $2 million first-place prize as well as a $7 million purse.

Grant is currently leading the Race to Costa del Sol ranking for the Ladies European Tour, thanks to four wins, including the cosanctioned Scandinavia Mixed where she became first woman to win the DP World Tour.

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Grant is undoubtedly the best player in golf, but she won’t make the trip to Naples, Florida because of U.S. travel restrictions. She’s not vaccinated for COVID-19 and won’t be allowed in the country. Novak Djokovic, tennis star, was unable to compete at the U.S. Open this summer.

Grant, 23 years old, made the following statement to Golfweek through her management team.

“Under normal circumstances, I would love to participate in the CME. It is my goal, like everyone else out there, to play the season-ending tournament, especially in this year’s CME which is the largest check in women’s golf history. It is an incredible event for us players in isolation, but it is also a clear statement about the true value of women’s tennis.

It is not possible for me to participate in LPGA events in the U.S., due to travel restrictions for unvaccinated travelers. This is why I’m not participating in the CME.

I can understand why some people would like to know. That is something I understand. It is simple because I have not been vaccinated. To find out why, I ask for the same respect. This is something I try to share with my family members and colleagues. However, I can tell you that there are currently only two options for me to travel to the U.S.: either a positive outcome in a medical relief process or a relaxation of travel restrictions.

Now, I’ll be focusing on finishing the Andalucia LET Finale in a professional manner. It doesn’t matter what I think, it has been a wonderful year, despite all the joggling.

Grant is currently No. Grant, who is currently No. 25 in the Rolex Rankings played at Arizona State. She created one of the most memorable stories in golf by sweeping the field of 78 male and 78 female golfers by nine strokes. Annika hosted the Scandinavian Mixed and she finished with 64. The closest woman was 14 back.

She said that beating the men was the most important thing.

She said that she felt the same way all week: “It’s the girls against each other,” and “whoever takes home the trophy represents the field.”

Grant was awarded LPGA status last year at the Q-Series, but she has not been able to compete in any U.S. tournaments this season because of travel restrictions. She finished third at Toto Japan Classic and tied for eighth at South Korea’s BMW Ladies Championship.

In 18 starts, she has finished in the top 10 in 14 countries. She will be playing at the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open in Spain later in this month.


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