PGA Tour cancels Players Championship, other events amid coronavirus fears – Fox News, Fox News
The PGA Tour said Thursday it was canceling the Players Championship and at least three subsequent tournaments – following the lead of nearly every other major sports league in the U.S. in calling off competitions amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the PLAYERS Championship, “the tour said in a statement. “We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events – across all of our Tours – in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open.”
Also shut down were the Valspar Championship scheduled for next week near Tampa, Fla., the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
The surprise decision came roughly hours after commissioner Jay Monahan initially said the Players Championship – considered golf’s fifth major – would go on as scheduled this weekend near Jacksonville, Fla., but without fans.
“PGA TOUR events – across all Tours – will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans, “Monahan said earlier in the day.
The Players Championship, held annually at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass draws thousands nds of fans from around the world to watch golf’s most famous players compete on one of the sport’s biggest stages. Fans and players had already participated in the first round of the tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., But will now have to make other plans and travel arrangements.
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